For those in recovery, temptations can skyrocket in times of travel. Away from home, addicts experience anonymity and lack of structure that can be detrimental for the unprepared traveler. One simple strategy for trips is to create a effective tool called the Travel Kit. In his article about “Creating a Travel Kit“, sex addiction specialist Floyd Godfrey explains why and how those in recovery can strengthen their travel experience. In addition to using a Travel Kit, it is recommended that those in recovery remain faithful to their structures of self-care and accountability, remembering that “while there is an obvious vacation from regular schedules and responsibilities, there is never a vacation from essential recovery routines.”
Taking responsibility for one’s recovery on the road is not only helpful for the traveler, but also “creates safety” for partners who remain at home. It can relieve their anxiety, knowing that their partner is battling for themselves and their family, proactively standing against the various temptations of travel.
In the summer months and beyond, may those who travel experience many moments of heartfelt goodbyes and honorable returns, fostering deep reconnection.
We at LifeSTAR of the Central Valley wish all readers a summer of celebration and an incredible Independence Day!
-Written by Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley (and YouthSTAR). If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!