Vacation; just the word brings a smile to most people’s faces. You are either planning to go to a new place and experience new things, or you may be going to your annual location where you can relax, unwind, and take some time to rejuvenate yourself. However, while vacations are often enjoyed, they also bring about some stressors that could put you at risk for staying sober including the following:
- Planning and finances – The financial investment in a vacation is often slightly outside a person’s budget; especially if some unexpected expenses occur. It is only when we plan a vacation on our own do we realize the true value of travel agents. There is much to investigate especially if traveling to a foreign country where passports, financial exchange, and language barriers can add to your stress. Between planning and managing the finances of the trip, people may think that they should reward themselves and splurge a little when on vacation. This thought can be risky for someone in recovery.
- Anticipation – Getting excited about a vacation is a normal emotion; however, some people get their hopes up so high, that their expectations are unrealistic. When this happens, these people are at risk for disappointment. When disappointment settles in, the idea of changing your emotional state becomes increasingly appealing which can put you at risk for relapse.
- Overindulgence – Many people dismiss their healthy life patterns when on vacation. Limiting your coffee intake, making sure that you exercise, getting a good night’s sleep, and maintaining your spiritual behaviors all seem to be optional on vacation. There are too many other temptations on vacation that tempt you to drop your vigilance and just have fun.
Tips for Staying Sober on Vacation
You have worked hard on your Rohypnol sobriety and you want to continue to enjoy your life free from alcohol and drugs. Therefore, while you are planning your vacation, it is important for you to plan activities that engage you without the use of drugs and alcohol. You also want to be sure to plan your healthy habits into each day. Some other tips for staying sober on vacation include the following:
- Be sure that the people you are traveling with know that you are in recovery and support your efforts.
- Remember how powerful addiction is and create a list of personal ways you can overcome cravings.
- Find local support group meetings that you can attend on vacation.
- Find a resort that is alcohol-free.
- Keep your routine.
- Don’t tempt yourself.
- Have contingency plans.
- Decide to prepare a photo album and journal of your vacation to share with others.
- Find new things to learn that are of interest to you without being stressful.
- Be sure to get exercise, good food, and rest on your vacation.
- Keep your focus on your Rohypnol sobriety.
Enjoy yourself and the power that you have over your addiction.
Get Help for Staying Sober while on Vacation
If you are going on vacation and fear that you may succumb to the temptations, be sure to have a solid plan for maintaining your Rohypnol sobriety. If you need help developing this plan, reach out to others. Call our call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide information and guidance for your personal vacation recovery plan.