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“Normies don't seem to be as self-obsessed as guys in AA, but maybe that is just my experience,” she says.
He sees me as a smart, fun, sexy, loving mom who doesn't drink and who has changed her life. It's also awesome to have a reprieve from the world of AA, which, quite honestly, can be a fucking bore.”And, the cons of dating people who aren’t sober? And, the differences in lifestyle that don’t feel huge in the beginning of a relationship can begin to take a toll down the line.
Natasha says, “The main con is that it is guaranteed that this person has a ton of hang-ups and emotional baggage.
They may well be using other ways to 'act out' now that using or drinking is off the table.”My own experience with the program is that other addictions sometimes run rampant, morphing into other areas of their lives. Many people, when they finally get sober, develop issues with food, gambling, sex, and spending.
It takes a lot of work and a lot of time to squelch it in all its myriad forms.
Sam is in a seven-month relationship with a “normie,” and it’s going really well.
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“The pros of dating in the program are that, chances are, the guy won't leave me when he finds out some of the things I have done.