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How Do I Survive Valentine’s Day In Sobriety?

Recovery is hard work, so this February 14th, celebrate yourself and your sobriety by treating yourself to a little TLC- tender, love, and care. It’s safe to say that many of us were mean to ourselves in our addiction. The things we did to our bodies and the way we spoke to ourselves was truly deplorable. We are our own worst enemy at times, which is why learning to love ourselves in recovery is imperative. When you truly love yourself, you care about what you put in your body. You don’t put yourself down, and you would do anything to protect your life from the threat of relapse. It takes time to fall in love with yourself when you are new to recovery, but you can. Be gentle on yourself, and take steps toward loving who you are, including but not limited to:

  1. Accept the Whole Package – Don’t put conditions on loving yourself. Accept you for you. Don’t tell yourself you can’t until you lose weight, have more money, have this or have that. You are the real deal, and there will never be another person like you. What’s not to love? You are just right, just the way you are.
  2. Choose Love – You either choose to love yourself or you don’t. If you do, you can begin to heal, today. Love is the most powerful feeling and act we can show ourselves and others. Love who you are, and you will attract the same.
  3. Work on Forgiveness – Forgiving your past may take some time, but your past doesn’t define you. You did the best you could with what you had in your addiction. Your life’s different now, and you can give yourself permission to move forward.
  4. Treat Your Body Well – Eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep. When you pay attention to what you put in your body, and make sure you are listening to what you really need, you begin to care about yourself a little more.
  5. Indulge – Treat yourself to a nice dinner, a massage, pedicure, a round of golf—whatever it is that you like, and really take the time to enjoy it. We don’t have to wait for special occasions to celebrate ourselves. Recovery is hard work, and little self-gifts are important.





If you are struggling with addiction, we can help. Call the Serenity Recovery Center and begin the journey toward living a full, happy life in recovery. There isn’t a better gift a person could give themselves and their family, than sobriety. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). We can get you sober safely and comfortably, and you can recover. Call now.