With the holiday season often comes the need for traveling. Traveling, however, can be a scary prospect for those of us new to recovery. One of the keys to early sobriety is developing a consistent routine while we establish ourselves in recovery.
Thus, disrupting this routine can sometimes be troublesome. Luckily, there are several things we can do to make traveling during early sobriety much more easy for us to handle.
Here we break down some of these tips.
Opportunity to try new meetings
Recovery fellowship meetings are available all over the world for those who need them, and with the Internet are now easier than ever to find for those traveling. While meetings provide essentially the same message wherever they are held, regional variations in how the meetings are run are quite common.
This can make trying meetings in new regions not only a helpful way to travel successfully in early recovery – but even make them a pleasure as well.
Traveling with another person in recovery
It is never a bad idea to bring someone else in recovery with us on our trip when we are in early recovery. Sometimes we may need to be in situations that make us uncomfortable early on, such as a party in which alcohol is being heavily consumed by the other partygoers.
In situations like these, it never hurts to have back up with us. Many of us typically get very close to our friends in the fellowship and trips only further strengthen these bonds.
Support Group on Call
Sometimes it is not always practical to have another person in recovery travel with us. In cases like these, we can always have our support group ready to call when we need them. If at any point during our trip we get uncomfortable, have a graving, or need advice – we can always rely on the support group we have built up to help us through it.
Having a place to retreat to
If possible, having a safe place to retreat to if a situation gets too uncomfortable can be an invaluable tool to have when traveling in early recovery. An example of this would be having our own hotel room in which we can retreat to. This way, if our family or friends in which we are traveling with have too much to drink, for example, we can always retreat to a safe place.
Most importantly…. have fun!
We do not get sober to walk on eggshells. We get sober so we can live our lives to the fullest, free from the bondage of drugs and alcohol. While traveling in early sobriety can be difficult at times, we need to make sure we enjoy ourselves and make the most out of our trip.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.