When it comes to spring break, the options are endless. From the beaches of Mexico and Greece to mountain hikes in Switzerland and Peru – there’s a destination for everyone!
But if you’re in addiction recovery and looking for sober-friendly destinations, you need to find activities that can help you stay clean while on vacation. It’s important to have a good time, but also stay safe and healthy during your break.
If you’re struggling to find vacation ideas where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself without feeling judged or out of place then this blog post is for you. We’ve compiled some ideas for spring break vacations that are sober-friendly.
Take part in a yoga retreat.
Yoga helps you get centered on the now, which can help curb addictive behaviors. Many popular yoga retreats offer various types of meditation techniques that will help you cultivate self-awareness while still being surrounded by nature’s beauty and serenity. Yoga retreats can help you stay mindful of your body and soul as well as on what’s happening around you.
This is a perfect option for those who are recovering from addiction because it provides an environment with less temptation. Staying sober isn’t easy – especially if there are triggers all around you at home or work. Going somewhere where there aren’t any temptations can help keep you grounded and focused on yourself.
Plan a trip to the beach
If you are a recovering addict and want to find some solace on your next vacation, look no further than the beach. Do you know that being near water is scientifically proven to have health benefits? The ocean has been shown in studies to have calming effects on people when they feel anxious or stressed, so it can also be helpful for someone who is struggling with addiction. There is also a study that revealed how being beside the sea is linked to better mental health.
A trip to the beach does not need to be expensive. There are many free open beaches where you can spend your days basking in the sun. If you’re planning to stay by the beach for a few days, look for sober-friendly resorts or accommodations that are alcohol-free.
Go on a road trip with your family or camping with friends
Road trips have long been a go-to for family vacations. A road trip is a perfect way to spend time with the people you love. It’s a great bonding experience, and it will make you feel closer to those that are important in your life. Road trips are also inexpensive, expose you to new places, and provide ample opportunities for bonding in the car or tent at night. When planning your road trip, look for sober-friendly restaurant stops and activities.
Another great idea is to get a group of friends together and go camping in the woods. This is one of the best ways to have a great time without the temptation of alcohol or drugs. It’s an excellent way to get outdoors, get some fresh air, and enjoy the amazing weather. You don’t need alcohol to have fun while camping. You can go hiking, fishing, swimming or do some arts & crafts.
Take a cooking class in another city
A fun sober-friendly vacation idea is taking a cooking class in another city (just make sure with the cooking instructor that there’s no alcohol!). Get your hands dirty and learn how to make some of the local cuisine in your destination of choice.
When you take a cooking class while traveling, not only do you get to explore a different city or country but also learn something new. You’ll learn new skills, meet the locals, see what they eat, taste their food, and will have an unforgettable experience that is sure to leave you with incredible memories.
Visit local art museums and galleries
A lot of times, you don’t even have to go far to have an exciting vacation. Be a local tourist by exploring the local attractions in your city or town. We often take these venues for granted because they are just nearby but revisiting these places can be surprisingly a great experience.
A great idea is to look up some of your local art museums and galleries that offer free admission or have special exhibits that are interesting to you. Art galleries are usually in open and quiet spaces which make them a great place for people looking for a calming time alone. Being surrounded by beautiful art creations can inspire your creativity. Art has also been found to have healing power and has been linked to positive effects on mood and overall mental health.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, help is available.
Contact Lighthouse Treatment Center today.