Once you start taking one medication or a combination of medications, sometimes you end up with undesirable side effects and need to tweak your drug cocktail.
In case you wonder, why take the medications at all? I’ve been taking antidepressants on and off for about 18 years.
“Not everyone who says they don’t drink or who doesn’t drink around you is necessarily a safe person to date; I look back at that time as the most precarious part of my sobriety.”Of course, there are issues to deal with if even the best-case scenario happens: You and that normie fall in love.Dave and I are both very intelligent, but both come from significantly dysfunctional families.I’ll save the discussion of how intelligence and dysfunction might relate for another time.“If you’re talking about someone with good sobriety dating someone who is a casual or responsible drinker, there isn’t necessarily a problem,” she says.“If the sober person is in early recovery or if the drinker is a problem drinker, the chances for a good dating experience are dim.The point is, we’re both smart, successful (he’s a tenured college professor), reasonably happy, mildly neurotic, and fun to be around…but only if we take our medication(s).Between the two of us, we have tried every antidepressant and ADD medication under the sun, including those that were developed to treat other disorders but have shown promise for “off label use” for the treatment of depression, anxiety, or inattention…or any other symptom or side effect of other drugs.Though most people won’t wait two years into sobriety to start dating, keep in mind that the smell of alcohol, the taste of a kiss [with someone who’s been drinking], the clinking of ice in the glass, as well as the bar and the bar scene could be triggers.”Irene Carroll, a North Carolina–based addiction therapist, says, “Dating is just so risky for people in early in recovery, especially so if you’re considering going out with someone who isn’t sober. ” Naturally, when going out with someone who drinks, sober people often wonder when and how to reveal the fact that they don’t drink.Carroll offers, “Most alcoholics know places that don’t serve liquor—coffeehouses, museums.Should you be open about your recovery or just fake it with water on the rocks?Should you follow Faulkner’s advice and ask your beloved attend meetings?