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Places to Go for a Sober Spring Break


Sober Recovery Expert Author

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Spring break is upon many people, students and professors alike. But there isn’t much value in an alcohol and drug-fueled stereotypical spring break for the recovered addict, is there? For people who want to actively avoid tempting situations that might bring on relapse or an otherwise plainly difficult trip, a different type of spring break can and should be planned. Who wants to binge drink during a period of rest, anyway?

Take off on an adventure that won't jeopardize your sobriety.

The last thing you need is to return to campus feeling exhausted and burdened with the weight of spending concentrated time around people engaging in activities you’d rather not participate in yourself. Take this free time instead to connect with your people, people who will help support and accompany you in doing what you love. It’s possible to return from spring break with a clear and enriched mind, a healthy and stronger body and a heart full of gratitude if you choose the right destination for yourself and your recovery. Indulge in relaxation and happiness by choosing one of these spring break options instead.

Yoga and Wellness Retreats

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Consider booking some time at a yoga and wellness retreat for your spring break. You’ll fill your days with muscle strengthening and lengthening exercises all while eating healthy plant-heavy meals and drinking fresh juices. Many yoga and wellness retreats are in beautiful destinations, so this is a great opportunity for you to quench a bit of your travel thirst, as well.

Our picks:

Dominica – Jungle Bay
Costa Rica – Anamaya Yoga Retreat
Nicaragua – Paradise On The Playa Surf & Yoga

Spa Getaway

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Why not just kick back, relax and indulge in some pampering? If you want to plan a trip that caters to your need to just check out into oblivion for a while, a spa getaway is perfect for you. You’ll come back from a vacation like this feeling refreshed and well.

Our picks:

Arizona – Mii Amo
California – Tenaya Lodge
Argentina – Vines Resort

Volunteer Vacation

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Have you considered a volunteer vacation? Joining up with an organization that offers these types of trips can help you use your free time and travel to somewhere exciting and different, all while helping out the locals. Research tells us that those who give actually reap more psychological benefits than those who receive, so you’ll come back from a trip like this feeling especially satisfied.

Our picks:

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Global Volunteers

Do your research and find the best fit for you and your needs. If you have the budget, time and desire to travel abroad, use your spring break as a launching pad to do so and seek out an excellent wellness, yoga, spa or volunteer destination in a country that you have always been curious about. If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket, consider looking for a retreat that is just a drive away. And if you can’t afford to get away at all, but you’d still like to avoid the spring break culture of binge drinking and using drugs, consider simply attending a fitness class every day and mindfully spending time with people who uplift you and participating in activities that do the same.

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