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Or how many people I have slept with,” she says, half-jokingly.Sam continues, “Dating in the program is obviously nice, because you speak the same language and you don't have to hide your ugly past.Hannah, a designer with startling blue eyes, is currently in a healthy relationship with a guy who’s been sober for almost 12 years. “Sober guys who are working a program [following the steps recommended by AA and NA] are the greatest.We get so many amazing tools in the program, and if you take them and run with them, then you can be a stellar human and the best version of yourself possible.” But, even she’s been ambivalent.

It takes a lot of work and a lot of time to squelch it in all its myriad forms.

“There have been times when I’ve told myself I would never date a guy in recovery again, but I've wavered. [The relationships] can be the absolute worst or the best.”That’s because, beyond the threat of relapse, those in recovery can sometimes substitute one addiction for another.

Natasha says, “The main con is that it is guaranteed that this person has a ton of hang-ups and emotional baggage.

When two people in recovery date, they have a lot in common: the same AA meetings, the same friends, the same problems.

With somebody not in recovery, can they really ever understand your plight or your background? For those of us who are lucky enough to have escaped addiction to drugs or alcohol, there’s still a lot of things to negotiate.