A Guide to Help You Stay Sober During a Vacation

Staying sober is a full-time commitment and always has its challenges, but it can be particularly difficult while traveling. And let’s face it—if this is your first trip unpunctuated with cocktails or drugs, there’s going to be a big, uncomfortable void to deal with. Additionally, a disruption in routine and being apart from your regular support system can trigger a relapse. So, should you ditch the vacation? No! Should you have plans in place to help you stay on track with your sobriety? Definitely. Just like sobriety, every new event in your life should be taken one day at a time—this includes taking a vacation. Below is a guide for achieving your goal of taking a much-needed trip while remaining sober.

The Destination Is Everything

In terms of your trip destination, you need to ask yourself, “Am I going to feel comfortable at this location?” If the answer is no, it is time to move on and consider another destination. Avoid any places where temptation could derail your sobriety, like a party city (Las Vegas) or an all-inclusive cruise or resort. You may want to consider a sober tour, which connects individuals who have made a commitment to sober living and want to have fun without alcohol.

Take a Deep Dive Into Your Vacation

Distract yourself from any temptations that could trigger a relapse. Immerse in the culture, go to museums, or spend time on outdoor activities to keep yourself busy. Sites like Airbnb or TripAdvisor offer cool excursions and local tours for any destination. If finances allow, you may want to treat yourself to a spa day or special dinner.

Keep In Touch 

Communicate with your support group—if you are really far away (overseas), make sure to set up a roaming data package with your cell plan to keep in touch with your family, sober support group, or sponsor—ideally all three. Let them know you’re traveling, and ask them to help you keep in touch through phone calls, text messages, email, or even social media. Posting pictures of your adventures can be a fun and important way to stay connected. 

Watch for Triggers

Acknowledging your triggers will go a long way in keeping you sober during a vacation. Stay away from bars, social events, and other locations that can prove to be tempting—even the airport bar can be a huge trigger (delayed flights, anyone?). You don’t have to avoid fun altogether; you just need to make sure you are honest with yourself and remain mindful of situations that could derail your sobriety. 

Be Honest About Your Sobriety 

Tell your travel partners how important it is to you that you maintain the sobriety you’ve worked so hard for. Even if you’re in a group setting with strangers, being upfront about your situation can be helpful, so that people don’t pressure you. There is no shame in being honest about your sobriety.

Addiction and Treatment

If you are taking a trip, have plans in place to help you stay on track with your sobriety. If you or a loved one is battling addiction or a substance use disorder, get help today. There is no cure for addiction, but recovery is possible. Get compassionate care from the recovery experts at Daylight Recovery Services. Contact us today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.