While some people give little mind to Valentine’s Day—or view it as a cheesy Hallmark holiday—others struggle with the reality of failed relationships, the weight of romantic “obligations,” and the sinking feeling that their drug or alcohol addiction has made them altogether unlovable. It’s hard to miss the glittery hearts, sappy love songs, and dinner-for-two advertising this time of year, but it may be the ideal time to focus on love in a new way: by remembering God’s love for you and sharing it with those around you.
This Valentine’s Day:
- Meditate on scriptures that remind you of God’s desire to be in relationship with you. Ideas include John 3:16 and Romans 8:28.
- Serve someone else. In 1 John 3:18, we are reminded not to “love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” This month, celebrate Valentine’s Day by planning acts of service. Share your time, money, talent, or other resources with those in need. Sacrificial giving blesses you and the recipient.
- Praise God for who he created you to be. God celebrates you as his unique creation, made in his image, but you may have lost sight of his love. As you embrace the progress you have made with sobriety and the new life you are embarking upon, thank God that you are fearfully and wonderfully made—and that he has the power to bring you out of addiction.
- Connect with family & friends. While addiction rehab is not the place to pursue new romantic relationships, Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity to reach out to the family members and friends that have walked beside you during treatment. Remember, though: Talk with your counselor about confusing relationships and avoid reconnecting with people who may enable your addiction or trigger a relapse.
Experience the Love of Jesus at Christian Addiction Recovery
There is no better way to love yourself this February than to seek addiction treatment and admit your need for support. You are not alone, and God has not abandoned you. Let this Valentine’s Day be a reminder of God’s unfailing love for you—and his desire for you to break free from the bondage of substance abuse.