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Happy Sober Valentine's Day

After LOVE and chocolate, Valentine's Day is most often connected to wine and champagne. 

For those in recovery, celebrating this day can be tricky. It seems every restaurant has a drink special to entice diners.

But Valentine's Day, like many other celebrations throughout the year, can be just as much fun without alcohol or traditional "partying." If you or a loved one are in recovery, don't hold back on having a memory-filled, sober celebration.

Scouring the internet, we have compiled a fun list of activities that can be done with friends or a partner and avoid alcohol and other substances but are still fun and energizing!

Head Outdoors

Don't limit yourself to a restaurant for dinner. Take a hike. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. Go skiing or snowshoeing. Build a snowperson. Rent a paddleboat. Head to a ropes course. Join a charity walk. Take a road trip.

Explore the closest city

Create a scavenger hunt. Visit a museum or art gallery.

Stay cozy at home

Light a fire. Put on your favorite playlist. Binge-watch old movies or a new series. Make a fancy dinner.

Fun competition

Play mini-golf. Play a board game. Play cards.

Make it celestial

Make a picnic basket and head away from the city to sit under the stars. Make hot chocolate or coffee, bring extra blankets, and go with an open mind to share your favorite things in life.

Take a class

Sign up for an ongoing or one time class on art, cooking, pottery, dance, or martial arts class. Check out Groupon, local community centers, YMCAs, libraries, or dance studios. What do you and your partner both love? Just make sure the classes do not have alcohol.


Sometimes giving back can also bring you together with a loved one. Make a date at a soup kitchen or volunteer at a senior center (they may have dances).

Connect (or reconnect) with others

Call a loved one who doesn't live close and have a good long talk. Stop by and visit someone you haven't seen in a while. Send a card to an old teacher or mentor.

Do something for yourself

Get a new haircut. Go to a spa. Get a message. Take a hot bath. Read a book. Make your bucket list.

Whatever you do, choose something positive and an activity you'll enjoy. LOVE yourself first and foremost. Remember the best gift you can give yourself and loved ones is to remain on your recovery journey. Stay sober, not somber.

If you need more support, call your sponsor or a treatment/recovery line.

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