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 somebody
The 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 situations
The 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 purpose
Those 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!