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Top 10 Sober Valentine's Date Ideas


Celebrating certain holidays can be tricky in addiction recovery.

If you’ve received drug or alcohol addiction treatment, then you may be hesitant to go to certain places or do certain things with your significant other for fear of relapse. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can have a fun and sober Valentine’s day with your loved one. Our Faith in Recovery team is sharing their top 10 sober Valentine’s date ideas that you and your spouse can enjoy.

10 Sober Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

As a faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center, we know certain changes have to be made following addiction treatment. You may have done things in your everyday routine before rehab that are no longer beneficial to the journey you’ve begun. Celebrations may be especially difficult to maneuver when you’re trying to avoid alcohol or even partying. If you’re looking for some exciting ways to celebrate Valentine’s day without jeopardizing your sobriety, we may be able to help.

Set up a nice dinner at home

One of the best ways to enjoy a sober Valentine’s day is by setting up a nice dinner at home. You can go all out by lighting some candles and creating a nice table set up or you can keep it simple. Either way, it’s still a safe but cozy option that allows you to spend one-on-one time with your special person.

Do some volunteer work together

Volunteering in recovery is extremely beneficial to your mental health and overall journey. Doing it with your spouse is a great way to work together and serve others in need. Volunteering together is a humbling experience that can serve as a reminder of how important it is to exchange love and kindness with others.

Plan a movie marathon.

Nothing says happy sober Valentine’s day like a relaxed and cozy movie marathon at home. Not only can you enjoy the comfort of your couch and pajamas, but you can also save some money on snacks.

Visit a local tourist attraction

Certain local attractions are popular for a reason. One of the most unique sober Valentine’s date ideas you should try is being a tourist in your own city. Go out and enjoy some cool views you may have been ignoring before. You may also find a new place in town that becomes your and your spouse’s favorite hang out spot.

Take a fun class or activity together

There are plenty of fun classes you and your spouse can take together. There’s art, pottery, diving, archery, candle-making, and even paintball. There are all kinds of fun activities that you can try with your significant other that may become a norm. You can even save the things you make and display them at home, whether that be a painting or a target.

Visit a planetarium

Planetariums are beautiful, enclosed domes that make you feel like you can reach up and touch the stars. Visiting a planetarium with your significant other is a relaxing and romantic date that doesn’t involve any drinking.

Explore a museum

Museums exhibit a variety of things that range from art to historic pieces. As a unique and interesting sober Valentine’s date, you and your spouse can visit a local museum and learn something new.

Pack a picnic

Pick a nice spot with your spouse where you can enjoy a delicious lunch together. Ditch the wine and get fancy with some sparkling lemonade instead.

Try an escape room

If you and your spouse prefer a more relaxed date, then an escape room may not be for you, but don’t knock it ‘till you try it. An escape room is a game experience where a team of people has to work as one to find clues and solve puzzles that will free them before time is up.

Go hiking

Hiking is a wonderful way to get some steps in while spending one-on-one time with your partner. You can even stop along the way and enjoy some lunch while enjoying the scenery.

Sustaining your sobriety is not just necessary for yourself but for your loved ones as well. These top 10 sober Valentine’s date ideas are proof that you can have fun without drugs or alcohol. You and your spouse can work as a team towards achieving your sobriety goals even by making small changes like choosing to stay at home instead of going out somewhere where alcohol may be present. All of these conscious decisions can help you continuously progress in your recovery journey.


If you or a loved one are caught in addiction, we can help. Call Faith in Recovery today at 888-280-4763 for more information about our levels of care and the benefits of our faith-based IOP program.

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