A vacation is a time to relax and take a break from the daily grind at work. Whether you plan to go to the beach, go camping, or visit another country, a vacation is beneficial to your mental health. During your vacation, you can spend quality time with loved ones, relieve anxiety, and recharge. Sadly, many people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cut loose during their vacation time.
Plan ahead to avoid stress
Vacation is intended to relieve stress but getting to your destination can be overwhelming and cause anxiety. Flight delays or cancellations, extra paperwork, and managing unsettled children can all contribute to unnecessary anxiety. If you are in early recovery, this added stress can increase the risk of relapse. Pre-planning your trip well in advance will allow you to be more prepared and less stressed.
Staying sober will allow you to have more fun during your vacation. Order a virgin specialty drink. Tropical destinations often use local produce in their cocktails. These can be enjoyed without the alcohol and you will enjoy more memorable moments with loved ones on your vacation.
Eat healthy & regularly, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Take alone time when you need it. Be sure to monitor your energy levels and moods to stay healthy, active, and balanced. Many travel companies, cruise lines, and resorts offer alcohol-free vacations. Some destinations offer sober music festivals, spas, camping, and yoga retreats. Not only will you enjoy a sober vacation, but you will also be around a supportive network of people in recovery.
Advocate for yourself
In recovery, you need to advocate for yourself. If you feel pressured to drink, remove yourself if you feel vulnerable. Take extra precautions such as asking hotel staff to remove all alcohol from the mini bar. Do not miss a well-deserved vacation when you are in recovery. While sober, you will have the freedom to explore fun, sober activities that you could not do before treatment.
Vacation can be a memorable experience while sober. When vacationing, travel with people who support your sobriety and who will look out for your best interests. There is so much to see and enjoy without drugs or alcohol.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. Do not let stigma prevent you from getting help. While there is no cure for addiction, treatment is available and there is hope in recovery. Take the first step to restore your health and renew your spirit. Get help today so you can enjoy a fulfilling, meaningful, sober lifestyle.
The Fort Worth Recovery umbrella covers medically supervised detox, as well as residential programs for men and women alike. Our programs are abstinence-based and combine a 12-step approach with a strong mental health component, integrating cutting-edge techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and Motivational Interviewing. For more information or to start your healing journey, please fill out a contact request form and one of our recovery experts will connect with you shortly.