A truly sober spring break is not as easy as some people might say.
Spring break can be a stressful time for those who’ve recently completed addiction treatment. While it’s refreshing to see longer days and warmer temperatures, the spring break season is often associated with drinking and partying. The triggers are all around you, and this can make it difficult to focus on your recovery with a positive mindset.
Needless to say, you might feel like you are missing out on the fun, but the key is to change your perspective on what “fun” really is. Here are some of our favorite ideas for enjoying a sober spring break.
Spend Time Reinventing Yourself
Instead of focusing your energy on what everyone else is doing, spend time loving yourself. This may be the point in your recovery when you are ready to try something new. Consider joining a cooking class or starting a new workout regimen. Spend time in nature meditating or practicing yoga. It’s possible you may be more vulnerable right now, so consider going to extra 12-step meetings.
Travel to a New Destination for Your Sober Spring Break
Is there somewhere that you’ve always wanted to visit? It doesn’t have to be far – it could be a museum, state park, or sporting event. If you have the means and desire to travel, tour a new city and all that it has to offer, from the food to the entertainment to the people. By immersing yourself in a new location, you can change your perspective on your own life.
Go Backpacking with Friends
If you have a close group of friends or family who supports your recovery, take an outdoor adventure together. Backpacking is a popular activity, because it allows you to see the world on a budget. You’ll love sleeping under the stars and reconnecting with nature. Plus, being cut off from social media can strengthen your recovery.
Find a Sober Spring Break Vacation Package
More sober travel and vacation packages are popping up, and it’s a great thing. These booze-free travel programs are ideal for those who recently completed dual diagnosis treatment in Agoura. As with traditional vacations, there are all types of sober vacations available, such as cruises, ski trips, spa vacations, and wellness vacations. You don’t have to worry about temptation on these trips!
Volunteer Your Time
Donating your time to an important cause is a great way to keep your emotions in check during a vulnerable time. Volunteering prevents boredom and keeps you connected to others while supporting your greater purpose in life. When spring break is over and everyone returns to the normal grind, you will still be making a difference in others’ lives.
Spring break is often associated with drinking and partying, but plenty of people enjoy their spring breaks without a drink in hand. Hopefully, our suggestions have inspired you to do something fun and rewarding this spring break – and the best part is – you will remember it all!