Most of you all noticed we did not post a new blog last Wednesday, our blog took a little vacation if you will. Our little hiatus allowed to us to relax and re charge our batteries in order to come back to you all with a revived enthusiasm and fresh perspective. Vacations are, by definition all about taking a break from our work, our rigid schedules, routines, basically our everyday lives. We indulge in some extras sleep, extra food and drink and extra fun. When our vacations are over, we are ready to jump right back into our lives to pick up where we left off. In the past, we have blogged about routines being an integral part of a person’s recovery (see The Value of a Daily Routine 15/03/25), so what happens to someone in recovery who goes on vacation? Can they relax and let go, or are they afraid to? Are they are afraid that they don’t deserve a vacation? Or that a vacation means a vacation from recovery or rehab?” Will unstructured time result in a set back to their recovery? The answer is a resounding NO! Everyone needs and deserves a break and most counselors and treatment centres agree that a vacation can add great value to one’s overall recovery and rehab journey.
Vacations need not be expensive, (this is perhaps the greatest obstacle to those in recovery as finances are a big issue) but it does need to be time you put aside where you can completely disconnect from your work, hectic schedules, and the basic stressors of everyday life. “Staycations” have become quite popular in the last little while; with our hectic lives and the expense of going away, many people are opting to stay and vacation locally. Whether you chose to go away or stay at home, when you disconnect yourself from your everyday life many wonderful things happen. Your brain will stopt frantically trying to process and respond to your hectic lifestyle and instead will quiet and begin to clear. When your brain is freed from these every day pressures it will be able to function more effectively. How? You will be able to consider situations differently, or from a different perspective; the solutions to various problems that have plagued you come more readily apparent; your creatively in general will become more enhanced. A reboot of sorts occurs, by taking a break from your crazy hectic life, you will come back to it with not only an new energy, but with the ability to better deal with the ups and downs of day life—a critical skill for someone in recovery.
Another mental obstacle the recovering alcoholic or addict has to overcome is that they deserve a vacation or a staycation if you will. It is no secret that recovery is hard work , those in recovery are hesitant to take any time off for fear that this will lead to relapse. This need not be the case. Recovery is about being able to work towards achieving a balanced life, and this includes the balance between work and leisure. We also want to add at this point, recovery is not only hard work for the alcoholic and addict but for the loved ones in their lives as well. A vacation is the time for everyone to not only de stress but to reconnect; we all deserve time off and away from our everyday lives. It is time we all viewed vacations as a positive, normal thing to do rather than a decadent indulgence.