How To Stay Sober This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here! If you’ve recently recovered from an addiction, or are new to the sober scene, keep reading for our official “How To” guide on getting through this season of love.

First things first; forget everything you’ve seen in the movies. We mean everything! Valentine’s Day was not designed for fancy restaurants and themed night clubs. Valentine’s Day was meant to be celebrated with the people you love, whether they are family, friends, or partners. You may be inclined to feel alone and regretful, but that’s a slippery trip down memory lane. Instead, listen to good ol’ Valentine. He himself was all about forgiveness and sharing his passions to warm the hearts of others.

Easier said than done, right? Here’s what St. Valentine didn’t tell us…

Stay Home, Stay Sober.

Home is the safest place you can be when recovering from addiction. There are so many things you can do at home too. Even more romantic, some may say, than being out in a social setting that could trigger your urges to drink alcohol or consume drugs. Don’t have a person to share it with? Shower your pup with some extra love and snuggle up! Make it a night all about you and your sober companion.

Treat Yourself.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of candy options to choose from. Treat yourself first. Get that bag of chocolate you’ve been eyeing all week. Some urges are worth giving into! If sweets are not your thing, schedule a spa day. Whatever you need to show yourself that you care.

Plan An Adventure

What is life without a little adventure? Instead of reminiscing about the holidays and lovers past, plan to do something new and exciting. This will certainly bring you out of that Valentine’s Day funk.

Choosing to lead a sober lifestyle is not as easy as it sounds. And for those recently recovering from addiction, any holiday that revolves around substance use can be triggering and detrimental to your sobriety. So, choose your recovery first. Know your triggers… and avoid them! If it’s social media, take a hiatus. If it’s that old friend that always seems to get you into trouble, do what you can to distance yourself from them. Remember sobriety is a choice, addiction isn’t.

If you need someone to talk to, know the Addiction Treatment Specialists at Ridgeview Ranch are always here to answer your calls. Whether you’re looking for a sober support group or world-class drug rehabilitation, the path to healing begins here. Call (877) 526-7706 to learn more about your options.

Mental Health In America

The stigma around mental health has long been an issue for addicts and recoverees. According to the U.S. Health Department of Health & Human Services, 7.9 million adults in 2014 were diagnosed with both a substance use and mental health disorder. The conclusion? As the number of individuals with mental illnesses continues to rise, so does the dependency on drugs and alcohol.

History of Mental Health

Mental health has a dark and wayward past. Before the 1840s, those diagnosed mentally ill were hidden away from the world and forced to endure poor living conditions. By the 1950s, America pushed for more outpatient treatments and the deinstitutionalization of “asylum-based” health care. In line with research, scientists proved that patients would have a better quality and chance of life with community-oriented care. Since then, the United States has put forth several policies to ensure those who are suffering from mental health issues get the help they need.

Mental Health & Addiction

Mental health disorders are more prevalent in our society than ever before. It’s no surprise that while mental illness is on the rise, so is addiction. Substance use disorders are brought on by many factors. The most common including depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and emotional distress. These mental health issues are exacerbated by alcohol and drugs, working together to dismantle brain chemistry and self-esteem.

Holistic Healing

Here at Ridgeview Ranch Addiction Treatment Center, co-occurring disorders are one of the cornerstones of our program. We believe in treating the Whole Person and healing all aspects of a person’s life to successfully detox and find the true path to healing. Our Los Angeles based drug rehabilitation center boasts an esteemed staff of licensed mental health professionals trained in understanding the complex aspects of recovering from addiction with a mental illness.

It’s time to end the stigma around mental health and those suffering from substance use disorders. So, let’s talk about it! If your mental health is holding you back from recovering from addiction, please contact us at (877) 526-7706. Consultations are always free and confidential.