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How to Actually Celebrate “Date Night” Without Alcohol

Looking to plan a date night without alcohol now? Date night often involves a fancy dinner over cocktails or a bottle of wine. But now that you are living sober, you can’t slip up for one night. And really, there’s no need to drink to celebrate the end of the week and weekend. This is a time to celebrate your relationship with a special someone. 

As you start making your Friday or weekend date night plans, here are some date ideas that don’t involve alcohol. 

Enjoy Nature

Here in Agoura Hills, California, there are endless activities to enjoy with your significant other. You can head to Malibu Beach and take a walk at sunset. Or, spend time admiring the flowers at Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks. 

Go to the Spa 

Many spas offer couples’ weekend packages. You can enjoy a facial, massage or another rejuvenating spa service. The relaxing atmosphere will help alleviate stress, plus take your mind off drugs and alcohol. A salt cave is another neat place to consider; you get the added benefits of improved skin and respiratory health. Some spas might serve wine or champagne, so let them know your wishes ahead of time.

Take a Dance Class 

Why not enjoy date night without drinking alcohol and take a dance class with your partner? You’re never too old to learn how to dance! Dance involves teamwork and cooperation, so you’ll learn about your partner in a new way. Dancing is also a great way to relieve stress, improve physical health, and maintain weight. There are many couples dances to explore, such as ballroom dancing, country dancing and salsa dancing.

Do Something Active 

If you get bored just sitting around, try an active date instead. Things like go-karting, laser tag, mini golf, batting cages, obstacle courses and escape rooms are all activities that will get your adrenaline going – and your blood pumping. You won’t be thinking about drugs and alcohol when you’re trying to escape a room or hide from an opponent. And, we can guarantee that there will be plenty of laughs in the meantime, helping you build new associations. 

Cook a Gourmet Meal at Home

Pick up the ingredients for one of your favorite dishes, and prepare the meal at home. The benefit of doing this is that you have control over the environment – you don’t have to worry about feeling triggered watching other people drink over dinner. If you don’t enjoy cooking, order takeout and turn on your favorite movie. If you’re used to having a drink in your hand, make an alcohol-free mocktail instead. 

Go Sightseeing 

Get in your car and take a road trip – most areas have cool sights and hidden attractions to see and explore. Most towns and cities have unique hidden gems worth exploring – all you have to do is look for them! 

At Awakenings Treatment Center, we know how hard a special date night can be when you’re newly sober. Planning ahead and thinking outside the box can create a fun and memorable date night for you and your significant other!