One of the most alarming issues affecting society is substance abuse. Unfortunately, many people find themselves in the throes of addiction, compromising their relationships, their careers, and of course, their health. During a vacation, people can succumb to unhealthy habits and excessive substances, making vacation a potential trigger for drug addiction or worsening an already existing problem. That said, it is possible for people who are recovering from substance abuse or have suffered from addiction to enjoy a safe and healthy vacation.
The potential exists for vacation to be a dangerous place for people who are struggling with substance abuse—especially when alcohol is involved. Most people view vacation as a time to let their inhibitions go, so they may be more likely to succumb to temptation. Alcohol, in particular, is an extremely dangerous drug of choice for people in the throes of substance abuse or recovering. An increase in alcohol consumption can directly affect how people are feeling, encouraging them to make less sound decisions. Although it may seem like a good idea to have several drinks per day during vacation, those who are recovering from addiction should practice extreme restraint.
Family vacations can also be challenging for people who are overcoming addiction. It is possible that being in a family setting can trigger addictive behaviors, as it can be emotionally taxing. Before the vacation begins, it is important to have a conversation with family members about substance abuse. Family members should understand the types of behaviors that are not acceptable, as well as how to provide support.
In addition to following precautions like abstaining from drugs and alcohol, those recovering from addiction should also find a healthy way to take a break from reality during vacation. This can include engaging in activities that don’t involve substance use or abuse such as swimming, yoga, hiking, surfing, and other outdoor activities. Doing something that promotes healthy habits while away from home can help people stay in control and keep them from succumbing to addictive behaviors.
Out of town trips can also provide a much-needed break from the stress and triggers that are associated with daily life. Taking a break from the daily routine allows people to focus on themselves and what makes them happy. It can also provide them with an opportunity to practice healthy habits, such as keeping a journal, getting adequate sleep, and eating healthy.
Although it is possible for people recovering from substance abuse to have a positive experience during vacation, it is important to remember that it is not easy. Taking the necessary steps beforehand and establishing rules, boundaries, and a support system, is essential to having a safe and enjoyable trip. With the proper planning, people in recovery can still have an amazing experience while taking a break from reality in a way that is safe and healthy for everyone.