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I did not want to pay the subscription at first because I thought it was a waste of time thank god that I did not follow my mind. , yet through most of those times, his constant has been college sweetheart Lauren Pesce.“When every guy I chatted with balked if I suggested we meet at a coffee place instead of a bar, I gave up on the apps,” says New York-based Sarah, 34.(She’s now dating a guy she met at a 12-step meeting.) Sarah’s not alone with that frustration and as a result, many sober people decide they want to date other sober people.In that time, I encountered more men than I can count who drank so much that it rendered them completely not present. “Don’t get them on their back before they’re on their feet” is an expression in recovery circles but I never felt like I was a victim of anyone I dated, or taken advantage of because I was new to sobriety.
Part of my issue was that I staunchly avoided the recommendation that I not date for my first year of sobriety. After all, I’d been holed up in my apartment for the previous few years with only cats and cocaine for company. I just had, as they say, a “broken picker.” Another popular recovery expression: “stick with the winners.” Alas, when it came to dating when I was new, I pretty much just stuck with the losers.Reed noticed that and, sensing a need, decided to do something about it—namely create a dating site for sober people.“I was curious if a dating website existed that was tailored around people in recovery from drugs and alcohol.They were driving to the hospital after he cracked his ribs at the gym in June 2015, Sorrentino recalls, and Pesce “was pleading, ‘You know [painkillers] are not good for you — whether they’re doctor prescribed or not.You’ve been down this road before.’ ” But, he says, “I really had the excuse at the time, you know, that it was under doctor’s orders.” And while Sorrentino acknowledges that his struggle with addiction has taken a toll on his relationship, Pesce has continued to stand by his side — even finding herself in the reality TV spotlight at points.The pair took their issues publicon just before his relapse in 2015 and, according to Sorrentino, “It really helped us out and it still helps us out to this day.” He continues, “You sort of learn how other people communicate and [that] they’re coming from a different perception or a different view, and you have to value that view and listen to respond.” And that experience inspired Sorrentino to enlist his older brothers Marc, 36, and Frank Jr., 40, to join him on some days).