Going on vacation can be a great way to relax, unwind, and explore new places. However, for those in recovery, it can also be a bit stressful traveling somewhere different and not knowing what to expect. You never know what situations you may find or where temptation may pop up. But being in recovery shouldn’t stop you from going on vacation and having a good time.
As long as you take some time to plan ahead and prepare yourself, you can enjoy the change of scenery without derailing your recovery efforts. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Head off the Beaten Path
Going to the beach during spring break is probably not the best idea. These locales are often known for partying and drinking. Instead, find somewhere a little less mainstream where bars and wineries aren’t the go-to destinations and you won’t feel pressured to drink. There are plenty of towns that offer a variety of other activities to engage in and satisfy your need for excitement and adventure or just a quiet place to relax. Check out more family-friendly destinations – even if you don’t have kids – as you can find many substance-free ideas for places to visit and things to do.
Connect with Nature
Remove yourself from tempting social scenes and explore the great outdoors. Look for bike trails, hiking paths, water sports, golf courses, horseback riding, or anything else you might enjoy. Spend time at a more secluded beach lounging on the sand, soaking in the water, or collecting shells along the shoreline. Find activities to keep your mind and body active and where drugs and alcohol are not available or permitted.
Try New Things
You’re in a new place, so why not make the most of what the area has to offer? Have you always wanted to try waterskiing or taking a haunted ghost tour? Do you love exploring museums or antique book stores? Find activities that pique your interest and could lead to new hobbies. Plan ahead and schedule out your days so you know where you’re headed and when and don’t end up with a lot of downtime because you either didn’t know what you wanted to do, or the place was closed when you got there.
Choose your Company Wisely
Traveling with friends is great, but if you’re focused on recovery and they want to hit up the hottest night clubs, it might not be the best pairing. Make plans with friends who have similar interests and are supportive of your recovery and staying away from tempting situations. Just because you’re not drinking doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing time and come back with memories to last a lifetime. And the best part – you’ll remember everything you did.
Take Advantage of Resources
Use your connections to find sober events and good vacation spots for those in recovery. Also look up support group meetings near where you’ll be staying. Meetings are held throughout the country all the time, so there’s a good chance you can find one wherever you go. Experiencing a meeting with a different group of people can help you stay focused on your recovery and gain new perspectives. Everyone has a different story to share. It can also be encouraging to know that you have support and somewhere to turn no matter where you are.
Keep a Positive Attitude
Don’t go into your vacation with the mindset that you’re not going to have a good time because you no longer drink or use drugs. Enjoy everything else that the area has to offer and appreciate the fact that you are stronger and healthier now so you can make the most of your time away. Planning ahead can keep you motivated and give you things to look forward to. Doing some research first can help you find places and activities you might have otherwise overlooked and missed out on.
Remember everything you learned while in addiction rehab in Orange County, and apply those strategies to your trip. You may be in a different location, but you can still make use of your skills and be proactive about preventing relapse. Spending time in a luxury rehab facility can allow you to appreciate taking the time to care for yourself and promote your own wellbeing. Practice meditation or yoga, get a massage, relax on the beach, or catch some waves and remember everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Chapters Capistrano can help you build the knowledge and skills you need for recovery through customized treatment geared toward your individual needs. Feel more confident when you go on vacation or even in your own community knowing that you have started a new chapter and have the support you need to pursue your goals. Contact Chapters Capistrano at 888-973-0230 to learn more about our luxury rehab programs.