What Do You Mean I Have to Date Without Drinking?

January 26, 2015 7:33 PM

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I'm not sure what I expected when I eventually started dating after getting sober, but I had no idea what I was in for. I felt like I was in high school again -- awkward, confused and a little unsure of what I was doing. That pretty much sums up my experiences these past couple of years as I have trudged the road of sober dating. My liquid courage is gone. Flirting doesn't come quite as easy. Kissing a guy for the first time makes me want to break out into a mad sweat. And actually having those fluttering butterflies in my stomach makes me want to vomit.

I was a little over a year sober when I really started the dating thing. I was confident with my sobriety, the person I was becoming, and thought for the first time in years that I may actually have something positive to offer to a relationship. But why was dating so uncomfortable? Well, because I w...

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