Your recovering alcoholic spouse is going through a difficult time and so are you. Overcoming alcoholism is serious business and you’re doing everything you can to offer support, encouragement and love during a time of major adjustment for both of you. But going alcohol-free can crimp your style in numerous ways, some of which may not seem earth-shaking but still have an impact on your life. Couples’ nights out, for example, may need to take on a whole new orientation if drinking was a normal part of your previous social life. Fun shouldn’t be seen as synonymous with alcohol consumption, and yet for many people the two are inextricably linked. But if you think this may be a problem for you, take heart, because there are plenty of wonderful and interesting date night options that you and your recovering alcoholic spouse can enjoy together. Give some of these sober date night ideas a try and there’s a good chance you’ll end up having more fun than ever.
Seven Great Ideas for an Alcohol-Free Night Out
These are some of the best alternatives if you want to go out and have some fun while supporting your spouse’s recovery from alcohol abuse:
- Visit a museum (or two)
- Go roller skating or ice skating
- Stop at a coffee shop for some coffee and conversation
- Take a guided tour of your own city
- Go bowling
- Attend a cultural event (sporting event, ballet, opera, play, etc.)
- Take a class (or series of classes) to learn a new skill (dancing, cooking, craft work, etc.)
The basic idea is to do something different, something you’ve never done before that will let you stretch your wings a bit. Or, something you used to do but you haven’t tried in years.
Imagining a Better Life Without Alcohol
Really your activities are only limited by your imagination. There are a million things you could enjoy together and you can learn to extend your boundaries just as readily as your spouse. Alcohol is an unnecessary addition to your lives and there’s no reason you have to suffer in any way once it’s no longer around. For your spouse, the connection between alcohol and pleasure was broken a long time ago. But together you can invent a brand new way of relating to the world that is healthy, sustainable and plenty of fun.