Going on a trip that was not planned caught me off guard to say the least and I did not really think about the whole sobriety thing until I stepped into the airport. The potential risks of drinking
are generally the same whether someone is traveling or not I am sure, but being a recovering boozer and leaving my usual environment, I was now thrown into a new place and situation. I figure that the best way to stay sober while
traveling is to plan ahead, except this time I did not have the luxury of being able to plan ahead.
While traveling, I was away from my wife and children, off of my daily routines, freed
from ordinary responsibilities and in a whole new environment. Every decision was up for grabs, and alcohol was offered at almost every location. From the airport to the hotel, travelers have the opportunity to consume alcohol and the excitement of visiting
new places, going to shows or simply just getting away from the ordinary can cause people to drink. I don’t have any gadgets or tricks that keep me from drinking but I decided early on that if I spent the whole time focusing on the fact that people around
me are drinking or that I can’t, I was bound to put a damper on the trip. I made a conscious decision to have a good time and enjoy the company of friends, I focused on the fact that I will wake up feeling great, I won’t have to worry about
not remembering the day before, and that I was going to make my vacation an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. There are many benefits to staying sober and I still had a fantastic time. I found out that for me, there is much more to a vacation than
sipping cocktails by the pool.
Vacation did not jeopardize my recovery but it did not happen without help. The friends I was with knew about my struggle and I could not of asked
for anything better than the way they acted around me with alcohol. Did they drink? Sure they did and I am glad about that. I would never want someone to tiptoe around my drinking problem and they didn’t. Not once did they ask if I wanted a drink and
I was never given shit for my decaf after dark or my strawberry ginger soda (well I may of gotten some shit for my soda but it was pretty damn good). I never told them any of this but I am very thankful that they respected me in that way and it did not go
unappreciated. While I may of been out of my comfort zone and routine and needed to do some adapting, I made it work. I know that there are plenty of others who are in recovery and enjoying sober vacations as well and I can’t wait for my next one!