Your first spring break in recovery can be tricky, especially if you are in early recovery. Spring break is like a minefield of peer pressure and expectations. It’s like a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah and your past self would probably have made any excuse to go there and to party as much as possible.
But at what price? We focus on the idea of spring break that we often forget the down sides too. The amount of money we spend, the mornings feeling sick, the toll it takes on our bodies and minds. Is it worth it?
We think that after your first successful spring break in recovery, you’ll never buy into it again.
Don’t Fall for The Hype
Why do all feel so much pressure to party on spring break? If you are under 30 you are expected to go to the beach, out of state, or to be a keg parties the entire week. Non-stop drinking, drugs and lord knows what else. Spring break in recovery seems impossible.
But it’s not. The pressure to party during spring break is usually self-imposed. Remember that you don’t owe anyone anything and that your sobriety is the only priority this year! At first you might think that you are missing out, just remember that your life is worth more than a few drinks.
Find People Others in Recovery
The funny thing about recovery is that once you really commit to it, you’ll realize that there are lots of other guys in recovery, just like you.
Find other people like yourself. Check out Facebook groups or reach out to people at work or school that don’t spend their time drinking or doing drugs. You can also go to group meetings hosted at your local sober home for men. There are lots of options out there!
Dealing with Questions
When people ask what you’re doing for spring break, you’re supposed to have a great plan. You might not want to immediately admit that you are in recovery.
The truth is very important in recovery, and often it’s better to tell the truth than to attempt to cover up any potential lies. But if you don’t want to admit that this is your first spring break in recovery, just tell them the truth. You won’t be partying this year.
Make Other Plans
The best way to ensure you stay sober during spring break is to ensure that you stay busy. Just because you’re sober doesn’t mean you can’t travel, have new experiences, and meet new people.
Don’t get sucked into a severe case of FOMO, stay busy and have your own stories to tell when you come home.
Remember to Stick to Your Routine
Routine is the best way to stay on the righteous path! Keep waking up on time, getting enough sleep, going to the gym and eating well.