Valentine’s Day is a time for romance, gifts, and quality time with your loved ones. But when recovering from addiction, it can be hard to navigate this holiday, often centered around alcohol consumption and heavy dining. Learning how to have a sober Valentine’s Day while enjoying time with someone special can allow you to look forward to the day rather than dread it.
At Promises Brazos Valley, we understand that holidays present a particular challenge when you are in recovery. If you need additional support to maintain sobriety, call us at 979.426.0086 to inquire about our alcohol detox program.
Navigating Recovery Over the Holidays
Although you may feel confident in your recovery, holidays may still throw you for a loop. Many holidays involve celebratory drinks, and you may be more vulnerable to triggers if you do not have a relapse prevention plan. Thankfully, preparing for holidays in advance can help you learn how to celebrate without undoing all the hard work you have put into your recovery.
3 Tips for a Sober Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with romantic dinners, including wine or champagne. If you are in recovery, you may worry about missing out if you cannot indulge with your partner. And if you are single, this holiday may be celebrated somewhat differently. Many people go out for dinner and drinks with friends or family instead. Whether you are single or coupled, here are some tips for a Sober Valentine’s Day:
1. Plan a Sober Date Night
Planning your romantic night will ensure you do not have to worry about avoiding alcohol when the day arrives. A few things to consider:
- Does your date drink? – Ideally, your partner will also be sober or choose not to drink around you. It is okay to ask them to abstain from alcohol in your presence to support your recovery.
- Does the restaurant serve alcohol? – Sometimes, the sight of alcoholic beverages can be a trigger. Finding an eatery with no bar may be best, so you do not have to see or smell alcohol.
- Does the restaurant have a “bring your own” (“BYO”) policy for alcohol? – You may also want to avoid establishments that allow patrons to bring their own alcohol.
When you are planning a special dinner, it can be tricky to find a restaurant that either does not serve alcohol or allow people to bring their own. If you have difficulty finding one, you can ask to be seated farthest from the bar and have your server take the drink menu off the table.
2. Plan an Outside Activity
Just because it is Valentine’s Day does not mean you have to go with the traditional fancy dinner. Instead, you can plan a day trip in nature. Here are some ideas:
- Go for a hike
- Take a bike ride
- Visit a local park
- Go bird watching
- Head to the beach
- Do some sightseeing
If you live in a colder climate, bundle up in layers, so you are comfortable spending time outdoors for a few hours. You can even pack a picnic lunch or dinner and replace the usual wine or champagne with sparkling grape juice or sparkling water to make it feel more special.
3. Plan a Day of Self-Care
If you are single, you may not feel up to going out with friends on Valentine’s Day. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself to a day of self-care. Schedule a massage, mani-pedi, facial, or anything that makes you feel pampered. Valentine’s Day is about expressing love and appreciation, and self-love is no exception.
Maintain Sobriety Through the Holidays with Promises Brazos Valley
A sober Valentine’s Day is a great way to celebrate recovery, and it can help you stay on track as you work toward your sobriety goals. If you find that Valentine’s Day or any other holiday makes it more challenging to stay sober, contact Promises Brazos Valley today at 979.426.0086 for the support you need.