Safe Travels: How to Stay Clean When Traveling After Rehab

don't make a wrong turn! stay clean while traveling after rehabFor someone who has recently come out of rehab, traveling might seem like just too great a risk for a relapse

If you’ve previously struggled with a drug or alcohol addiction, you may equate traveling with hard partying and blurry memories of unfamiliar locales. Unfortunately, some recovering addicts may not have the option of simply not traveling. You may need to travel for work, to visit family…or you might just feel like you could use a vacation after the experience of rehab. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to stay clean when traveling after receiving treatment for substance abuse.

Attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings wherever you visit

There are 108,000 different AA meeting branches around the world, so there’s a good chance that no matter where you are, someone will be holding a meeting nearby. And even if there isn’t one, AA also has online meetings, so you never have to be without a support group on the road. (CNN) Attending an AA or NA meeting when you’re visiting a new city is a great way to keep motivated to stay sober and also a great way to make new long-distance friends.

Travel with a sober friend or family member

If possible, travel with someone else who has no intentions of drinking or using drugs on your vacation. A sober friend or family member can offer you additional support on your travels and also help you figure out how to have fun without drinking or using.

Avoid situations that will lead to temptation

If you’re recently sober, you might not want to, say, visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Youth hostels can also be risky, as they tend to attract people who want to meet new friends to go out and party with. If you get to pick the destination you’re traveling to, try to find somewhere that you will not be surrounded by a drinking or drug-using culture.

Go on a trip designed for sober travelers

There are plenty of recovering alcoholics and former drug abusers who want to be able to travel, and many travel agencies and retreats have risen up specifically to meet that need. There are sober vacations and travel groups all around the world. There are even sober adventure tourism trips that you can go on, if you’re someone who’s looking for an adrenaline rush. (The Fix) Don’t let a fear of relapse prevent you from seeing the world and exploring new places and culture—just make sure that you have a strong support network and are surrounded by fellow sober travelers to help you make smart choices and travel safely.

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