Have you recently found an international flight that you simply can’t pass up? Possibly to a favorite destination, one that has been on your bucket list, or just an amazing deal?
Are you also living a sober lifestyle and concerned about the temptations of traveling abroad? Don’t worry, it’s a common fear for those that have new-found sobriety and for those that have been clean for years.
We are going to discuss how to take sober vacations, enjoy them to the fullest, and what to do if you should mess up. Keep reading for more information!
One of the easiest ways to help you remain sober while on vacation is to ensure a sober traveling partner. Not everyone in your group has to be sober, although this does help.
Having someone with you who also chooses not to partake in alcohol or drugs will give you a certain level of accountability. This person will also likely want to find other activities that don’t center around substances.
If you happen to be traveling to an area that loves to party, take time before your trip to find sober activities that are appealing to you. Often, these activities can be booked beforehand through online travel agents and phone apps. Just be sure to read the reviews!
Many people who choose to be sober do not follow any 12-step program. Whether you do or don’t, finding a meeting with like-minded people may help you feel a bit more at ease.
People that do work a 12-step program can often ask other members of their local groups for meeting suggestions. However, it is also possible to find these groups online, along with the times, dates, and locations of the meetings.
All or Nothing
While we don’t recommend trying to have ‘just one’ drink or drug while on your sober vacation, if you do, don’t beat yourself up. Upon awakening, the next morning, realize what led to your decision and try to avoid those situations for the rest of the trip.
Should you have a full relapse while abroad, it is important to find a detox program when you return home. This will help you get back on track with your sobriety and ease any discomfort you may feel while your body rids itself of leftover drugs and alcohol.
Even if you think that you are ‘okay,’ a simple evaluation may be the difference from a continued downward spiral or living your best life.
Sober Vacations: Surprisingly Fun
Before sobriety, you’d probably never think of sober vacations as being fun or even something to look forward to. Here’s the deal: when you choose to remain sober while on any trip, you will have the pictures to prove it as well as the best memories.
Aside from the fact that you won’t waste half of a day recovering from a hangover, you will also remain much safer. This is due to the fact that your mind is clear and you’re less likely to make risky decisions (like leaving with that cute guy from the club.)
If you’re not completely sober yet and have a trip approaching, take a look at our blog about quitting drinking before traveling.