The baggage a recovering addict brings to any relationship can seem a bit overwhelming, but the truth is, an addict who has been through recovery may actually have some pretty impressive new credentials that might prove predictive of a very bright future. I mean, how many men and women have spent weeks, even months learning about how to hone their relationship skills; to communicate more effectively; setting personal boundaries, while respecting the boundaries of others?

How many of us NOT struggling with addiction have attended groups and classes where the requirements for advancement are based on honesty, openness, and willingness to share? Before saying “No,” to dating a recovering addict out of the gate, you might want to take another look. The armor might be a bit rusty, but he might just be one of the most “put together individuals you’ll ever meet.” Check out this eye-opening article from Psychology Today— Dating a recovering addict: Match-Maker or Deal-Breaker?