When people are addicted to alcohol or drugs, it puts a strain on their relationships.
Their partners will have been harmed by the substance abuse, and it can take a long time for these wounds to heal.
It is going to take all their attention to make it through this early part of recovery.
Another reason for why people are advised to avoid relationships in the first year is that they need to get to know themselves better before they choose a partner.
It is strongly advised that they remain focused on themselves until their sobriety is strong.
Once they are settled in their new life, they can then begin to consider sharing it with somebody else.
Meanwhile all the attention will be on their newly sober partner’s adjustment, with hardly a thought for how they are coping with the transition.