Valentine’s Day: How Can I Embrace Sober Living This Holiday Season?
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this can be a difficult holiday to navigate for those in addiction recovery. For some, missing out on festivities with loved ones can feel isolating; for others, the thought of not having a significant other can make them feel unlovable. The truth is that both beliefs are false – you are not alone, and you are certainly able to be loved. This holiday season doesn’t have to be in vain; in fact, you can celebrate your own way through some sober activities that promote self-love and recovery. Several years ago, DrugFree.org stated that reportedly 10% of American adults aged 18 or older claim to be in recovery for addiction. If that’s the case, you are certainly not the only one celebrating Valentine’s Day sober this year.
Whether you’re spending the day in relaxation or you have some recovery friends you can invite over, there’s plenty to do on February 14th:
1. Host a sober party. Contact your sponsor, your recovery peers and anyone who fully supports your recovery and gather together to drink some sparkling water as you toast to Valentine’s Day. This could be a great way to celebrating budding new friendships, alongside commemorating those who’ve been around for years.
2. Get out into nature. Take a walk outside. Soak up the sun, feel the wind in your hair, and take in the beauty of the day. If everyone’s truly out celebrating, you may find some peace and quiet for reflection!
3. Cook a new meal at home. Stay inside, get comfortable, and cook up a recipe you’ve never tried before. Afterwards you may even want to enjoy a good movie – and the relaxation could serve you well.
4. Write a love letter – to yourself. Write in your journal about how proud you are of the steps you’ve been taking in recovery. List some of the qualities that you love about yourself. Valentine’s Day can be about self-love and self-care, too.
Oscar Wilde, an Irish poet and playwright, once stated, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
Stay true to your recovery. Surround yourself with those who support you. Practice self-care, and you just may have the best Valentine’s Day yet.
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