Above all, you need to disclose for your own sake, not for the sake of society or anyone else.
You need to feel a certain sense of ownership of your past – taking responsibility for past failings without being ruled by shame.
You need to be calm and confident in your disclosure, clear about who you are, where you have been, and where you are going.
If you do decide to tell someone about your past, you need to make sure that you trust and feel safe with that person, before going on to examine your own motives.
Self-disclosure has a lot of admirable honesty to it, but there needs to be more than honesty for it to go smoothly.
Meeting the demands of being in a relationship with a recovering addict can be tiring, so be sure to take care of yourself.
Many people in recovery go to regular support meetings and spend a lot of time trying to better themselves.
Dating a recovering addict may involve unique challenges such as scheduling dinner plans around addiction support group meetings.
Supporting your partner means understanding and encouraging the former addict’s efforts to be sober or drug-free.
From time to time, a partner may slip back into old habits, such as telling lies, especially during stressful situations.