Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and love is in the air. For some, this is a reason for celebration; for others, it’s a source of anxiety. Whether you’re spending time with a significant other, a friend or family member, or anyone else who floats your boat, we’ve got some outing ideas for a day (or night!) of sober fun.
Grab an Ice Cream
There’s nothing more fun than grabbing a sweet treat with a sweetheart! Satisfying your sweet tooth — in moderation, of course! — is a wonderful way to spend time with a friend. And since we’re in LA there’s no shortage of places to get the scoop. Our favorites? A light and refreshing treat that isn’t just a cone full of sugar, we love Wanderlust Creamery. All of their flavors are inspired by vacation hotspots from the world over and the tastes of which they are synonymous with. Salt & Straw is notorious for its twists on classics. They have a peanut butter, chocolate, and banana flavor that is so good you may not want to share. Lastly, Diddy Riese (in the UCLA/Westwood area) draws a younger crowd and are most well known for their ice cream cookie sandwiches. Deb even went so far as to dub them the king of the ice cream cookie sandwich. You can’t beat that.
Go for a Stroll
Although “Nobody Walks in LA”, from time to time, it’s nice to get some sun and ‘commune with nature.’ Not to mention, getting active in any capacity can have amazing benefits to your recovery. You will sleep better, look better, and feel better. And doing that with someone you care about? Best of both worlds.
Take Your Sober Date Ice/Roller Skating
One of the most important things to have in a relationship of any kind is being unequivocally accepted for exactly who you are. Whether you’re an ice king (or queen) or a wall-hugging novice, ice and roller skating is a fun way to spend an afternoon. If they still like you even when you’ve fallen or made mistakes – they’re probably a keeper.
Thrill Seek at an Amusement Park
One of the best things about living in California is the proximity to all the best theme parks. If you and your date are both thrill seekers, this can be a great way to break the ice and just have some good old-fashioned fun. And there’s no better feeling than a natural adrenaline rush.
Peruse a Museum or Two
Even if you’re not a museum person, it can be an incredible venue to connect with someone on a more intimate level.Museums are quiet so it’s easy to have a conversation and if it turns out you aren’t feeling it, it’s really easy to get lost in one.
Sneak in a Picnic
A picnic is a very simple yet effective (i.e., perfect for surprising your date or meeting up with them on their lunch break) date idea. Indulge your foodie side and assemble a basket of your favorite snacks from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or wherever and get ready to nosh away the afternoon.
Hit the Trails for a Hike
Take your relationship to new heights with breathtaking views of the city. Even though we might not walk in LA, we definitely love a good hike. There are tons of places to hike, whether you have 15 minutes or the whole day.The benefits of fresh air and sunlight for people in recovery is invaluable. Sometimes all it takes a mildly strenuous journey to put everything into perspective.
You can do anything sober. Anything. What we love about these sober date night ideas is that, for the most part, they are all great environments to get to know someone. Which is not something you can do if you’re headed to a bar or club.
Getting sober is hard and staying sober can be even more difficult. But with the right mindset and by surrounding yourself with a strong support system, it makes it all worthwhile.
We’ve shared our favorite ideas for sober dating and now we want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite sober date ideas? Tweet us at @TDHRehab with the hashtag #TDHVoice and let us know.
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