Traveling can be considered as fun for some, who wouldn’t want to go visit different places around the globe right? Then again, it could also be a way for people to relax and unwind. However, for someone who is trying to stay sober, it could be such a difficult challenge.
A recovering addict may find it very hard to travel since they could encounter a lot of triggers. Some people think that in the recovery process, traveling may be something they should avoid. Then again, there are times that they need to travel for work or simply a vacation with family, that saying no to it is just not an option. There are actually ways for them to get through it, there is no easy way but it doesn’t mean they’re not going to work. Here are a couple of things that might help you out on staying sober while traveling.
Know Your Triggers
Practicing sobriety can be such a difficult task, which is why there are tons of people who can’t help but relapse. Then again, imagine how great it would be if you actually succeed. You wouldn’t just be a product of yourself, but your family and friends would be incredibly happy for you too. The recovering journey won’t be easy, especially if you have to travel. One of the most important things that you need to do weeks or days before you leave is to make sure that you are very well aware what your triggers are.
It is normal for people to get a little stressed when they are traveling, whether it is by running late and afraid of missing the flight, having trouble with a seatmate at the plane, trying to cope with the customs, a difficulty with the language barrier, and more. Stress is one of the reasons why recovering addicts are giving in if you are aware that you are going to get triggered, try to avoid it as much as you can. The best possible way to do it is to be prepared.
Another trigger would for those who are recovering alcoholics. There are times that alcoholic drinks are available on the plane, so it may be tempting to ask for some especially if the people around you are drinking. What you can do is to try and munch on some snacks and have some non-alcoholic drinks instead, or better yet just try to get some sleep.
There are also times when you need to take some drug to be able to calm yourself down if you’re having a panic attack whenever you are flying. What you can do is to simply bring a few of these drugs so that you wouldn’t be tempted to have more.
Another great way to make sure that you stay sober is to stay healthy. It is very important to get enough sleep and to have a schedule to stick to. It is also a must that you try and eat healthily or even just eat on time. This is one way to feel relaxed and you wouldn’t even need to think that there is a need for you to take something since you already feel good.
If you are traveling for work, then try to make it as fun as you can, that way you wouldn’t feel as if you are just forced to do it. Enjoy the experience and if you have some free time, take a look at the sceneries as well as the fun activities you can try. Do things that wouldn’t make you feel as if you need to take a drink or something. If you want to hit the spa then go ahead and have a massage.
Keep In Touch With Your Support Network
One of the most important thing to a recovering addict is to always have communication with his or her support system. It doesn’t matter if it is a friend, family, or your therapist, whoever they may be to you, make sure that you will be able to contact them whenever and wherever you are. Their reassurance and support will be able to help you get through this trip especially if you are just by yourself when traveling. Just make sure that whoever it is that you are in touch with, is sober and will be a good influence on you