For those of us in recovery, maintaining sobriety during a vacation can be a real challenge and a significant milestone.  As with many other aspects of recovery, vacation is another part of life that you must relearn and reframe in order to enjoy the sober version of the experience.  It may take some adjusting, but here are some helpful tips for finding even more joy and relaxation in a sober vacation than an intoxicated one.  

  1. Choose Your Destination Wisely

Some cities and resorts have well-known reputations for partying and all-day alcohol use.  Don’t pick one of these places for vacation and think you will be fine just avoiding all temptation.  Along with the risk of relapse, you will likely be anxious and stressed throughout your trip while being confronted with constant triggers.  Pick a destination that highlights history, art, or relaxation, and avoid the boozy activities.

  1. Build Your Trip Around Great Dining

Do a little research and make reservations at some highly rated restaurants for your trip.  Use the money you are saving by not drinking to indulge in some really good food, and don’t worry about calories or carbs!

  1. Vacation with a Sober Buddy

Vacationing with someone else in recovery means you can both hold each other accountable.  If your partner or friend is not sober, ask them if they would mind joining you in sobriety just for the trip, as a show of support.  Anyone who cares about you and your recovery will be happy to oblige!

  1. Schedule Tours

Pre-booking tours or outdoor activities can prevent idle time and boredom during your trip, and these activities tend to be alcohol-free.

  1. Check in with Your Sponsor

If you have a sponsor or counselor, let them know about your vacation plans and schedule a few times to check in with them during your trip.  You can use these opportunities to discuss any anxieties or triggers you may face, and to keep you accountable.

Sobriety isn’t an end to fun and excitement, but the beginning of a new, more fulfilling life.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.