Every holiday poses a unique struggle for those in recovery, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Single or in a relationship, it’s impossible to escape the extra pressure to buy gifts and “wow” someone special in your life. Being told to create lifelong memories that also tend to cost a fair amount of money can be extremely stressful. For some, the holiday can stir up old memories and emotions from relationships that were based on joint substance abuse.
Others may have a hard time separating the desire to celebrate with cravings they may start having. No matter what the reason, America’s Rehab Campus is here to help support your recovery this Valentine’s Day.
Celebrate Your New Relationship With Sobriety
One of the easiest ways to reduce Valentine’s stress is to pivot it away from solely romantic relationships. Your relationship with drugs or alcohol once caused your life extra strife and turmoil, but now it’s nothing more than a passing thought here and there.
You’ve put in the work to get through treatment and enter recovery, which is cause for celebration! Spend the day indulging in what makes you happy whether that’s on your own or with someone who supports your sobriety.
Finding Sober Ways To Have Fun
Having a plan of attack for Valentine’s day can minimize the amount of exposure you have to the more stress-inducing side of the holiday. Even just a loose schedule for when you plan to start certain activities can go a long way. Here are some of the top sober activities to do on Valentine’s Day, alone or with others:
- Throw a dinner party
- Get out in nature with a walk or hike
- Practice a new sport or hobby
- Make some popcorn and get cozy for a movie night
- Take a trip to a local museum or downtown to wander
If you’d prefer to simply go about the day like any other, go for it! There’s no requirement to celebrate Valentine’s Day so only take part if it’s the right choice for you and your recovery.
Strengthen Your Recovery at ARC
From intake to aftercare support, we stand by each of our guests to help them achieve long-term sobriety and the life they want to live. With medical detox protecting you from physical withdrawals and a team of mental health professionals handling the psychological, your recovery will be as comfortable as possible. Reach out to the ARC team today to learn more about our programs, accepted insurance, or to schedule intake.