Planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day without alcohol this year? Even though Valentine’s Day isn’t considered a major drinking holiday, many couples do enjoy a drink or two on this day.
A typical Valentine’s Day 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 on Valentine’s Day. This is a time for you to celebrate your relationship with a special someone.
As you start making your Valentine’s Day plans, here are some date ideas that don’t involve alcohol.
Here in Agoura Hills, California, there is an endless array of activities to enjoy with your significant other. You can head to Malibu beach and enjoy water activities like fishing, swimming, surfing or scuba diving. Or, consider taking a hike on Lady Face Trail or the Agoura High Backtrail. If you’re looking for something a little less thrill-seeking, spend time admiring the flowers at Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks.
Go to the Spa
Many spas offer couples’ packages for Valentine’s Day. 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 on Valentine’s Day, so let them know your wishes ahead of time.
Take a Dance Class
Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day 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.
Get in your car and take a road trip – most areas have cool sights and hidden attractions to see and explore. For instance, here in Agoura Hills, you can check out the MASH filming site in Malibu Creek State Park or go to the Whizin Market Square for eclectic shops and old antiques. Most towns and cities have unique hidden gems that are worth exploring – all you have to do is look for them!
At Awakenings Treatment Center, we know how hard the holidays can be when you’re newly sober – even the more minor holidays like Valentine’s Day. Planning ahead and thinking outside the box can create a fun and memorable holiday for you and your significant other.