6 Essentials to Help You Stay Sober While Traveling
Everybody needs a break now and again, which is why it’s common for people to go on vacations, excursions, and trips.
However, some recovering addicts and alcoholics may get nervous, especially in early recovery, because they don’t want to stray too far out of their circle of support or change the environment that has helped them maintain their sobriety.
Others may feel overconfident, which leaves them susceptible to putting themselves in risky situations that they think they can handle until they become too triggering for them to bear.
Either way, being in sobriety shouldn’t mean that you can’t go on a vacation, visit family, or take a trip. However, you should still remain cautious!
Tips to Keep You Sober When Traveling
Here are some essential tips that can help support your recovery, and it’s worth knowing them!
1. Be Conscious of Where You Are Going
Choose your destination wisely, especially during early recovery from addiction when you are most vulnerable.
When you’re in early recovery, you probably may not want to go to certain festivals, concerts, wine tours, etc. This doesn’t mean that you can’t ever travel to these places or even go see your favorite music artist at an upcoming show, but you may want to carefully consider the triggers that could occur.
If you think it’s too risky, especially in early in recovery, then you may not want to go at all, or you may want to go with a trusted sober support to help keep you accountable.
Either way, it’s important to pay attention to the location you’re traveling to and understand why you really want to go.
If you just want to go to be in that type of atmosphere where drinking or drugging is, then you need to be honest with yourself about this and see that this kind of thinking is not conducive to your recovery.
2. Consider Bringing a Sober Friend
Again, whether you are traveling to a concert or out of state for a trip, you may want to consider going with a trusted sober support.
You don’t have to travel with a sober friend for the rest of your life, but if you notice that you feel uncomfortable about traveling or going on a trip alone, then you may want to consider going with someone until you feel more confident to do so by yourself.
3. Check Out 12 Step Fellowship Meetings In Advance
Whether you actually end up going to them or not, it is smart to see where and when some 12 Step Fellowship meetings occur near your destination.
You may not have time to go, but in the event that you feel distressed or triggered, it helps to already know where you need to go for support.
4. Make Plans Ahead of Time
Planning your trip with fun activities, excursions, or tourist attractions can help you keep busy and make the most of your time away.
It will leave less downtime, which can be beneficial since having too much time to yourself away in early recovery may be tempting or unsettling.
You don’t have to commit to every activity you plan either. You can always cancel or change them as you feel necessary, but at least you have a plan intact so that you can keep busy and have a great time.
5. Don’t Forget to Call Supports When You Need To
There’s nothing wrong with calling sober supports or trusted friends when you feel uncomfortable or triggered.
It’s actually encouraged because it helps keep you accountable. If you are struggling or even just want to check in with a sponsor, it helps to have your phone readily available.
Have a list of sober supports too, in case you can’t reach someone when you need to.
All in all, vacations and trips can be fun. They shouldn’t be overwhelming, but they can be to the newly sober alcoholic or addict.
Making sure that you have some basic tips to support your recovery like these can help you avoid the pitfalls of triggers and relapse. Going on a trip and staying sober is completely possible.
You may not even think about taking a drink or drug at all. Either way, it helps to know what you should do when you do feel tempted or triggered.
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