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Sobriety Makes That New Year’s Resolution To ‘Travel More’ Possible

Traveling in the first few years of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction might seem like a daunting task to the novice sober traveler. Fears of relapse are realistic. A newly sober woman has worked hard to create a system and a routine with a safe and grounded support network. The idea of taking off, traveling the world, and being detached from a normal routine seems to go directly against the advice mot women are given in treatment. As J.R.R. Tolkien famously penned, “Not all those who wander are lost.” You can “get lost” in the great wild world and all of its splendor, without losing your sobriety date or your sense of recovery-self. Most likely you will find, your sober travels enhance what recovery means to you.

Recovery, and all of the wonderful parts of recovery that make up a sober lifestyle, is not meant to be a replacement drug; meaning, recovery is not a new thing to be completely dependent upon to the point of negative consequence. Though you are a “drug addict” or an “alcoholic” in recovery, your life does not, and is not meant to be, become limited when you become sober. There are certain behaviors, attitudes, and thought processes from which you are encouraged to abstain. Paramount is staying sober, which means you do not pick up a drink or a drug, no matter what. Depending on our diagnosis, we may have co-occurring disorders which encourage us to take extra care. Working with your support team, you will be able to identify your specific needs for traveling safety.

“Assuming we are spiritually fit,” write the authors of Alcoholics Anonymous, “we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do.” Too many women develop a limiting mindset about their recovery. Women in recovery get stuck believing that they should “recoil as from a hot flame”, as a famous phrase from Alcoholics Anonymous puts it, from anything which could possibly trigger their alcoholic mind. “…We mustn’t think or be reminded about alcohol at all,” the authors write, touching on the subject. “Our experience shows that this is not necessarily so. We meet these conditions every day. An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an alcoholic mind.”

Travel is not for everyone. If you have the kind of heart or soul that yearns to experience the far reaches of the world, sobriety makes that life possible for you. Take your recovery everywhere you go. Bring the principles of unity, recovery, and service with you. Be grateful for every moment of every trip, big and small. Most importantly, do not pick up that first drink or drug, no matter what. A relapse will never be your favorite souvenir.

For more tips on traveling sober, check out our blog Tips For Traveling Sober As A Woman Of Recovery Part 1 and Part 2.


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