Addiction recovery is a delicate process that relies on routine behavior. Traveling can be extremely stressful for recovering addicts because it disrupts that routine. But you can maintain sobriety by making preparations to avoid and relieve pressures that could trigger a relapse.
Take Support Materials with You
If you’re traveling by airplane, train, or bus, you’ll spend a lot of time sitting and waiting. Use this time constructively by bringing recovery-related literature or audio resources. AA’s The Big Book is a popular choice, as it contains 12-step program information as well as inspirational recovery stories. An audio version is also available on a free app.
Seek Support Where You’re Going
While you’re going away from your usual support network, there should be reliable sources near your destination. Do a search for local support groups and their meeting times before departing and try to work them into your schedule. You can often participate in meetings remotely by phone or online if you can’t physically attend. Also, contact the local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous office and request names and phone numbers of other recovering addicts. Reaching out to them and sharing your experience can help you—both of you—avoid feeling lonely or isolated.
Keep in Touch with Your Home Network
It’s good to find support where you’re visiting, but it’s important to maintain contact with your network back home. A short phone call to check in or a brief text or email exchange can be a great reminder that while the people back home aren’t close by, they’re still available to you. Remember to include your AA or NA sponsor in your communications.
Stick to Your Routine When You Can
Keep as much of your usual daily regimen as possible, such as sleeping hours and mealtimes. If you have a favorite activity you can easily fit into your day—reading, walking, prayer, etc.—set aside time for it. Doing so can provide valuable relaxation.
Because you have an established routine and trusted support network at home, it’s vital to be able to maintain that routine and stay connected while traveling. Technology makes it easier to do that and also to connect to local support sources during your visit. Remember: you have options. Utilize them to minimize your risk of relapse.
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