A vacation is a time to relax, de-stress, and take a break from the daily grind. Whether you go to the beach, take a trip to the mountainside or visit another country, vacations are beneficial to your mental health. Sadly, many people turn to alcohol as a way to cut loose during their vacations.
Vacation is intended to relieve stress but getting to your destination can be overwhelming. Flight delays or cancellations, extra paperwork, and managing unsettled children can all contribute to unnecessary anxiety. If you are in 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.
It is possible to have fun staying sober while on 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.
Many travel companies, cruise lines and resorts offer alcohol-free vacations. Also, there are sober music festivals, spas, camping, and yoga retreats. Not only will you enjoy a sober vacation, you will be around a supportive network of people in recovery. Continue to eat healthy, nutritious meals, exercise, and get restful sleep so you do not overexert 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 if you are in recovery. When you are in recovery, you 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.
Do not let addiction destroy your life. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety.