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How to Plan a Memorable and Recovery-Friendly Getaway

Traveling can be stressful, and for those in recovery, it can seem daunting. The fear of relapse may keep many people from venturing out to see more of the world. You may feel like you need to avoid social situations and places for fear of temptation. However, breaking out from this pattern and exploring the world is essential.

Vacations are an excellent way to unwind, relax, and make unforgettable memories with loved ones or friends. This is why in this blog post, our team at Chattanooga Recovery Center came up with tips for planning a recovery-friendly and enjoyable trip. Read on to find out how to make the most of your vacation without compromising your recovery goals.

Plan Activities in Advance

Plan your vacation activities in advance and make a list of the things that interest you. Activities like swimming, hiking, cooking, painting, sightseeing, and more can keep you engaged throughout your vacation. These activities can help you create happy and memorable moments without the need to indulge in alcohol or drugs. Remember to choose activities that don't trigger you or make you uncomfortable. By having a plan in place, you ensure that you won't feel left out of activities and reduce your chances of being tempted by unhealthy activities.

Find Sober-Supporting Accommodations

Be sure to find accommodations that are sympathetic to your situation. Several hotels or guesthouses offer recovery-friendly services or have a no-alcohol policy. It is best to research and find accommodations that help you focus on your well-being while staying sober. You can also post on social media or recovery forums and get recommendations and suggestions from other members who have traveled while in recovery. The key is to seek out a safe place that supports your recovery. At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we're here to help you every step of the way.

Have a Travel Companion

Traveling with your loved ones or friends can help create a strong support system and keep you accountable on the journey. A sober travel companion or group can make your vacation more manageable and enjoyable. Your companion or group can support your recovery efforts, have your back in social situations, and help you remain committed to what you've worked so hard to achieve.

Research Local Support Groups

While on vacation, it can be challenging to stay focused on your recovery goals. Attending a local support group meeting can help you stay on track and offer you a chance to meet others experiencing similar struggles. Research online and locate the nearest support group in the vacation area. You can attend these meetings and connect with other sober travelers and members.

We’re Focused on Your Recovery

Traveling while in recovery can be an incredible and memorable experience. The key is to plan, be prepared, and find sober-friendly accommodations. Remember to engage in activities that make you happy and avoid triggers that can compromise your recovery goals. And it's always helpful to have a travel companion who supports your recovery mindset and can hold you accountable on your journey.

At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we're focused on your recovery and here to support you every step of your journey. We hope these tips inspire and guide you to plan a happy and safe getaway. Enjoy your vacation!

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