Waiting a year sounds good in theory, but love and attraction are not things anyone can plan for. Dating for recovering addicts presents a different set of challenges that people without a substance abuse problem don?t necessarily experience. Addict or not, anyone who is single can attest to the fact that dating can be a complete nightmare. The awkward lulls in conversation and the unease you feel presenting yourself as a likable person are all enough to make person with a healthy dose of anxiety want to run for the nearest exit. After the date, your emotional stability is tried even further.