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Sober Activities for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day may not say “romance” but that’s exactly what it denotes.  This connotation however, has caused many singles to get the blues and end up self-soothing with drugs or alcohol.  On the other hand, couples who want to make the day special for their partner often risk taking a drink or using drugs in the spirit of this holiday and end up in a relapse situation. Making a conscious decision to protect your sobriety at all cost is one way to avoid being derailed by drugs or alcohol on this holiday.  This does not mean that you have to side step romance if you are a couple or resort to self-sabotage if you are alone.  Whether you are having a significant other or you are single, here are some sober activities for Valentine’s Day that will not destroy your sobriety goals.  

Five Sober Activities for Singles

  • Make plans with a friend or family member who is not half of a couple to do something together.  Isolation is setting yourself up for temptation to indulge in your former substance of abuse or at least to start thinking about it.  

  • Plan to do something special for someone who you know will be alone on Valentine’s Day like taking them to a movie or sharing a meal together. Numerous scientific studies show that kindness has a positive effect on the immune system and can increase the production of serotonin in the brain. According to scientists, serotonin is a neurochemical in the brain that when released produces a “feel good” effect.

  • If finding someone to share the day with is not working out for you, there are many ways to support your sobriety and feel rejuvenated in the process.  Pampering yourself without drinking or using drugs can mean soothing tired muscles with a massage, getting or giving yourself a facial, enjoying a manicure or pedicure.  For some its turning on their favorite music and slipping into a bubble bath or Jacuzzi with a glass of ice cold lemonade.

  • If you have been wishing for time to hang out with friends on Facebook, twitter or to read that novel you got over the Christmas holidays, Valentine’s day can be the day this wish comes true. 

  • Throw a Singles Party with good food, non-alcoholic beverages and fun activities that does not include drugs.   

Sober Activities for Couples

  • One of the safest activities for couples to share on Valentine’s Day is heading to the movies.  This is usually a no-drink, no-drugs zone.  Make it a movie marathon with a break in-between to fuel up on dinner.
  • Sign up for a couples cooking class or massage.  
  • If your significant other always wanted to visit another state, country or island, indulge their fantasy by preparing an authentic meal from that area, playing music or a movie that features the place. Don’t forget to have a decadent desert to share while watching the movie.
  • What better way to spend a romantic and sober valentine’s day than with a “couple’s spa retreat”.
  • Gather some art supplies and express your love on canvas or sculpting.  This is a fun way to be creative and also support your sobriety.  In art therapy, a person uses his creativity and imagination to make art that expresses himself in a healthy and productive way. Art is a form of therapy that help to enhance communication skills. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, artistic expressions help people to express their thoughts and feelings in ways that they may not be able to say with words. It also provides an opportunity to explore, understand, and resolve issues in a fun way on Valentine’s Day.  

  Source:

  1. http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/act-of-kindness/#ixzz3zol0HBRm
  2. http://pathwaystooele.com/wp-content/uploads/pathwaystooele.com-Romantic-Date-Ideas-for-A-Sober-Valentines-Day.pdf
  3. http://www.soberrecovery.com/recovery/6-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day-single-and-sober/

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