The classic image of Valentine’s Day is a box of chocolates, a bouquet of roses, and a nice bottle of wine. However, times have changed. Nothing says you can’t create your own memorable traditions instead. Forego the traditional and do what works best for you and your new lifestyle in recovery. Whether you’re single, new to the dating scene, or are in a long-term relationship, the holiday is what you make of it. There are plenty of opportunities to create a wonderful and fun day sans alcohol.

If you’re single for Valentine’s Day …

Use it as an opportunity to pamper yourself. Distract yourself from tempting situations and negative thinking that may trigger a relapse.

  • Treat yourself to a day at the spa.
  • Curl up with your favorite book or movie.
  • Plan a fun day out with friends who are respectful of your recovery.
  • Write yourself a love note and reflect on all of the things you love about yourself.

If you’re in a relationship for Valentine’s Day …

Focus on experiences that do not involve alcohol and where you won’t be surrounded by the temptation to drink.

  • Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day at the park.
  • Go for a hike or bike ride together along a scenic trail and stop to enjoy the beauty of nature.
  • Make a special dinner and watch a movie at home.
  • Check out the local theater for a new play or musical, a poetry slam, or another type of entertainment.
  • Plan a day trip to somewhere you’ve talked about exploring together but haven’t been, or recreate a favorite trip from your past.

However you choose to spend the day, don’t lose sight of all of the progress you have made in recovery. Don’t put your sobriety at risk for just one day when there are so many other ways to make Valentine’s Day memorable.

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