This discussion topic about an addict who travels is from one of our friends in recovery, Sam. Thanks to Sam for contributing to the group discussion and for the time he put into collecting his thoughts. If you’re interested in sharing a discussion topic, please reach out to me here.
At least for me, traveling is one of the most difficult times to maintain recovery. It seems that when I leave home the forces of evil gang up on me. I get triggered right and left, I get all kinds of “stinkin’ thinkin'” throughout the trip, and in the past I have rarely made it without some kind of acting out.
That said, I am traveling all week this week. Luckily this time I am going with my wife. However, it will still be a challenge. I want this to be a wonderful time for us to connect, so I don’t want to spend all my time lusting. Here are some things that have worked for me in the past:
7 Tips for an Addict Who Travels
First, travel with someone.
Second, maintain your daily routines as much as possible, particularly your “dailies.”
Third, maintain your boundaries as usual.
Fourth, keep in touch frequently with group members. Multiple calls per day are helpful.
Fifth, find time to connect with family. Skype is a great way since then you can see each other.
Sixth, be persistent at surrendering lust. Make calls as needed.
Seventh, take reminders with you. These can be things like pictures of family, letters from family members, etc.
I’m interested in any other ideas you guys have.