Summertime is a major season for traveling, whether it be for work, vacation or to visit family. While this would be considered a “normal” excursion for some people, there are some additional concerns for those in addiction recovery – because traveling and vacations are often associated with drinking or drug use. If you are a bit worried about an upcoming trip, know that not only are you not alone – but there are also steps you can take to ensure that you enjoy sobriety without feeling pressured to abuse substances.
Last year, writer Holly Glenn Whitaker shared her experience with traveling and being tempted with drinking. She stated: “…Italy felt impossible. I’d never in my adult life vacationed without drinking and it was unfathomable to me. I was terrified that something would snap in me while I was there…I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy myself…”
If you’re ready to employ some useful strategies for traveling, writer Carly Benson gave Self.com some amazing tips:
- Set your intentions of sobriety and follow through with them.
- Be over-prepared for moments when you may be tempted to drink, such as at the airport.
- Plan morning activities that will make you question how to spend the night before.
- Stay close to your support network.
- Plan both structure and spontaneity so that you can practice flexibility while also attending tours or events.
Remember that you have full control over yourself. Utilize what you’ve learned in recovery so far, and stay positive that you’ll have a great experience while remaining sober. In many cases, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy – meaning that how you plan to think or feel about certain situations will have an effect on what actually happens.
If you’re ready to develop some transformative tools for healing in addiction recovery, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.
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