Sober Summer Vacation Ideas

Edited by Paul Alexander

Last updated July 19, 2016

Summer is here, the kids are out of school and you are planning some time away from work to relax and explore new sites. For many people, summer is a time of fun and freedom; however, when you are in recovery, it can be a bit unnerving to leave your comfort zone and go out into the unknown where temptation may await. You can keep the upper hand though and stay on track with your recovery by planning ahead.

  • Avoid drinking hot spots. Visiting wine country in California (or France), staying at the most popular beach locales, or going on a cruise can mean that alcohol is readily available and drinking is the norm. Instead, look toward other options like camping in the mountains, going to a family-friendly resort, or checking out sober vacation packages. You could also talk to friends in recovery and find out what they recommend.
  • Connect with the outdoors. Hiking, sailing, fishing, camping, exploring national parks or driving through Big Sur or the Blue Ridge Parkway are great ways to relax and unwind sans alcohol. You can get your fill of adventure and excitement through nature.
  • Find new meetings. Groups like AA and NA host meetings throughout the United States. Do a little research and find local meetings wherever you are staying. This can help you to stay focused and resist temptation. It can also be motivating to meet a new group of people and hear their stories.
  • Plan ahead. Schedule out your days to avoid long periods of unstructured time. Pick a few activities you are really looking forward to and then have other options to fill in the gaps. Keep practicing strategies to reduce stress and deal with challenging situations.

Northbound’s In Vivo® model gradually exposes you to more real-life opportunities and events so that you can feel more confident in transitioning back home and going on vacations and other trips. You will be empowered to deal with whatever comes your way and have the tools, resources and support necessary to take each situation in stride.

What are some of your favorite sober vacation ideas? Leave a comment and let us know!

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.


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