Summer travel plans be very exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. There can be a lot of anxiety leading up to travelling and then when we are there or on route. How do we handle our recovery on the road?
Camping, lakes, boating, poolside…BC is a beautiful place to vacation but sometimes these past destinations can be triggers for our own addictions.
One of the most important things is to try to keep a similar routine to what you have established at home. Whatever is it, getting up at a certain time, going to bed at a certain time or certain rituals you do in the morning or evening, such as meditation or prayer can all help with keeping you on track with recovery on the road.
Connection vs. Isolation
As the opposite of addiction is connection and we no longer want to isolate it is imperative to stay in contact with anyone who is positively involved in your recovery. Technology is so great these days that we can maintain our recovery on the road. There are many options including facetime calls, messenger, WhatsApp or a good old fashioned phone call.
12 Step Recovery
For those that are involved in 12 step recovery, there are meetings all over the world. You can always call the local central office or checkout meetings on an app. Facebook has many recovery groups and you can reach out asking for meetings in a certain area that you are headed to.
Journaling is an excellent way to write down your thoughts. This gets them out of your head so they are not going round and round on the hamster wheel.
Try not to take on too much extra and definitely get some time in just for you, whether that be quiet time by the lake or a sleep in.
In conclusion, recovery on the road can be challenging at times, but there is always a solution.
Share your best practices for recovery on the road in the comments section below.
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