By Anna Miller
Posted in Mental Health Resources
A typical college spring break is full of temptations to use alcohol and drugs. If you are in recovery, you may be thinking about how to prevent relapsing during break. In order to avoid urges and cravings, you definitely don’t want to give yourself too much down time. Although going on a traditional spring break would reduce this down time, the extreme partying would make it difficult to avoid temptations as well. There are many alternative spring break trips to consider that will not only fill up your free time, but diminish the lure of substances.
Head to a Yoga and Wellness Retreat or a Spa
Going to a yoga and wellness retreat or a spa will give you time to relax and rejuvenate. In addition, you will be surrounded by people who are focused on their health as well. You can even consider yoga retreats designed specifically to help you deal with addiction. Take time to be pampered, find healing, and get a new perspective. Yoga and wellness retreats as well as spas are great places for introspection.
Go on a Volunteer Trip
Volunteer trips are amazing ways to give back, help others, and make a difference. There are countless ways to volunteer. You can work with kids, help save the environment, care for animals, or even contribute to building houses in impoverished countries. Find something you are passionate about and pursue it. Not only will you feel good about yourself, but this will be a great distraction from alcohol and drugs. Volunteer trips are a great way to see the world while doing something meaningful.
Take a Nature Trip
There are many benefits to nature travel. Immersing yourself in nature encourages mindfulness. Similarly, fresh air and sunlight can benefit your mental health. After spending time sitting in class and studying in the library, time in the great outdoors can be extremely valuable. Take a hike, go camping, kayaking, or even snorkeling. There are all favorable options since alcohol and drugs will most likely not be easily accessible.
Try Sober Group Travel
There are companies that cater sober vacations. You can travel with a group of like-minded people, make new friends, and enjoy different destinations. Check out Travel Sober, Sober Vacations International, and Sober Celebrations if you think sober group travel might be a good option for you.
Another great service to consider is bringing a sober companion with you. O’Connor Professional Group has therapeutic recovery companions that will travel with you and can help avoid triggers in potentially stressful situations such as traveling over spring break. Call us at 617 221-8507 if you are interested in learning more about this service.