How to Enjoy a Sober Spring Break
As people everywhere flock to the parties and beach towns of a typical spring break, those in recovery may worry about maintaining their sobriety goals. It’s important to avoid triggering circumstances when you’re recovering from substance use. Still, you don’t have to sacrifice a good vacation for your sobriety. Sober spring breaks provide a fantastic opportunity for you to enjoy the warm weather, and bask in a week of free time. Here’s what you need to know about enjoying a sober spring break.
Instead of playing your spring break by ear, try making plans to fill your week. Even if you’ve sworn off the party scene, spring break could still present certain challenges. It might be your first time with uninterrupted, unscheduled free timesince starting your recovery journey. Engaging sober activities can be a great way to stay positive. Additionally, having a plan for your spring break can help you steer clear of triggering spaces.
Find what works for you; no need to commit to a minute-by-minute itinerary. Start by brainstorming fun activities, appealing adventures, and relaxing experiences. It’s the perfect time to work down your bucket list. Whatever you do, make sure that it’s something to look forward to.
Seek Sober Spaces
Though spring break seems to be a non-sober rite of passage, there are plenty of sober-friendly spaces out there for recovering spring breakers. For your vacation, you may want to look for alternative spring breaks that align with your sobriety goals.
One great way to spend a sober vacation—working down your travel wish list. The classic beach vacation isn’t off the table. Even places like Panama City Beach in Florida have sober-centered restaurants and attractions. While you travel, seek adventures you can enjoy while sober. Paragliding, rafting, and sight-seeing to tourist destinations can be a great way to enjoy a sober spring break.
Giving back can be a great way to find personal fulfillment and motivation on the journey to sobriety. You can use your vacation to help others and commit to a cause. Whatever calls to you, there’s a volunteer opportunity to match it: cleaning the environment, donating to people in need or assisting youth groups. It doesn’t have to be local—you can plan a volunteer trip that will take you to exciting new places.
- Nature and Hiking
Spending time in nature is a great way to relax on vacation. Quality time outdoors easily slips through your everyday routine, but it boosts your physical wellness, mental health, and emotional well-being. Consider using your spring break to tackle that hike or wildlife reserve that you’ve been eyeing.
- Wellness Retreats
Take time to unwind and focus on your health. If you’ve been desperate for some self-care this semester, a wellness retreat may be the right choice for your spring break. It’s all about visiting spas, doing yoga, and practicing meditation. To get additional support on your sobriety journey, consider a sober-centered wellness retreat. On sober retreats, you can find new friends in the recovery community and renew your motivation.
If you’re planning a spring break trip, it’s best to travel with a friend. Find an ally and stick with them. Your support structure can help you stay focused on your sobriety and stay out of triggering situations. Be sure to discuss your needs clearly, so they’ll be prepared to have your back during your spring getaway.
Vacations are a time when it’s important to keep in touch with your community. Don’t forget to check in, whether you lean on a support group, a treatment center, or other allies. Remember to surround yourself with positive influences through friends, recovery-centered podcasts, or sober social media.
You’re not alone in recovery. If you find yourself struggling on spring break, remember that you are surrounded by support to keep you on track toward your goals.
Rest and Reset
Don’t forget that it’s a spring break. It’s a time for you to unwind. Make sure to stay positive; you’re not missing out by sticking to your goals. Instead, you’re giving yourself the chance to enjoy a healthy vacation. Spend your time off with the people you love, doing what you love, and recognize the growth you’ve made on your recovery journey.
Experience Life, Sober
Sober living comes with its fair share of challenges, so it’s important to stay focused on your goals. No matter where you are on the path to sobriety, connection, encouragement, and motivation are key. Learn more about sober support at the Phoenix.