The world can look a whole lot bigger and brighter when you get sober. When this happens, it is a natural inclination to want to see the wide world, now that you have a renewed appreciation for it. However, even after you take the wind and start to travel, it is important to keep a strong head for the sober lifestyle, as the excitement of travel can often make recovered addicts relapse back into old habits. Traveling should be a way to reconnect yourself with the joys and wonders that inhabit this world, and so traveling with a safe and sober mind should be a major priority. To help in this endeavor, here are some tips for traveling after recovery…Travel with somebodyThe first thing you should do if you are traveling shortly after addiction recovery is make sure that you have a friend or family member to travel with you. In particular, bring somebody along who will have no problem avoiding alcohol or other substances during the journey. Having a strong level of support from a person who loves and cares for your situation can give you strength to keep up your sober lifestyle as you are exploring fun and exciting places around the globe. On top of that, it is generally a lot more fun to travel with somebody!Avoid riskier situationsThe world is a place that is full of wonder and transcendent beauty, but it is also a place that is full of danger and chaos. The communities and cultures that you visit and explore while traveling are no different. As such, it’s important to recognize situations that put you in the presence of substance abuse, as these situations may be risky for you, as well as your travel partner. Be smart about where you travel and the events that you partake in. Don’t put yourself in a precarious situation that threatens your sobriety.Travel with a purposeThose risky situations that we just talked about are liable to happen anywhere. However, you’re much more likely to find yourself in situations that that you don’t want to be in if you are wandering around, openly, as you travel. This is why it is so important to have a purpose when you are traveling; specifically, a destination. Having a set goal for your travels and a clear idea of where you are always going is an important step towards being accountable to yourself and your sobriety!
Real Stories of Recovery
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.
My sobriety date is July 15 2008. And for that I am very grateful. The ranch has given Me the tools to live a life I never thought was possible. I have never forgotten the feelings I felt when I was there in treatment and that's what gets me through the day, is the feelings and brotherhood that I was so blessed with while I was in the ranch.
I have been called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Fort Collins, CO mission. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices and love of everyone at The Ranch. I attribute my recovery to God, hard work, and the things I learned while I was there. I am so excited to go serve my Heavenly Father, it has been a long hard road to get here but I know it is what he wants me to do. My heart is full of gratitude and love for those who have cared for me... Thank you for all you have done for me...
I had a head full of gospel knowledge and a heart full of shame. I felt like a failure. I hated who I was. That all changed during my stay at Renaissance Ranch. I quickly realized that I wasn't alone and that there were others who felt the same feelings of self-hatred, failure, and shame. This realization, coupled with the nonjudgmental environment of the Ranch, I was able to be completely honest and open for the first time in my life. From the guidance and empathy of my counselors and brothers, I learned it was okay to feel and I started to believe that there was hope.
Renaissance Ranch gave me a gift that no amount of money can ever repay. Through their unique, caring approach I learned how much I was loved, and that I never had to feel alone every again.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the Ranch I felt hope. My life had spiraled into depths of shame, misery, guilt, depression, sadness, and suffocating darkness prior to reaching those front doors. The 2 months that followed would forever change my life and provide a foundation within that is unshakable.