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How Do You Fly Sober?

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When you are active in drug or alcohol addiction, every event is an opportunity to use substances. Learning how to do everyday things sober, including getting on an airplane, takes planning and practice. If you’re traveling for the first time since undergoing alcohol addiction treatment and you’re wondering, “How do you fly sober?” these tips will help.

For more information about alcohol use disorder and the treatment programs we offer, call Vertava Health Ohio today at 850.374.5331.

Flying Sober Makes Travel Better

Whether you are flying for business or pleasure, traveling can be stressful. How do you stay sober when you’re worried about getting to the airport on time, finding transportation, and the possibility of canceled and delayed flights? There are many strategies you can use to support yourself.

How Do You Fly Sober? 5 Tips for Flying Sober

Start your journey with an attitude shift. Instead of thinking you are missing out because you “can’t” drink while flying, remind yourself you are empowered and making a choice that supports your goals.

1. Practice Radical Self-Care

Being hungry, tired, thirsty, and stressed are emotional triggers for almost every human being, and even more so for people who are recovering from addiction. Plan your itinerary well, and be prepared for delays. Bring essential items, such as:

  • Water
  • Healthy snacks
  • Games
  • Reading materials
  • Phone chargers and phone
  • Cash
  • Important phone numbers (such as your sobriety sponsor’s number)

Do your best to get a full night’s sleep before going to the airport. This may not always be possible, depending on your location and flight, but remember that sleep is integral to maintaining a positive attitude and good decision-making skills.

2. Talk to Your Mental Health Professional

If you’re a fearful flyer, reach out to a therapist several weeks before you need to fly. A therapist can teach you a variety of relaxation exercises and other skills that will help you feel more comfortable. Becoming a more confident flyer will help you enjoy the experience and focus less on the idea of drinking.

3. Involve Your Support Network

Talk with your sponsor or another sober support person about your concerns. Ask if you can give them a call if you need extra support during your flight.

Consider participating in an online meeting at the airport or an in-person meeting near the airport before your flight. There are several mobile apps that can help you find support meetings at almost any destination. You may even want to plan to attend a meeting after landing.

4. Take a Friend

Sometimes flying solo is the only option, but if possible, take a supportive sober friend or family member with you. Having someone else to be accountable to will help you stay on track.

5. Plan an Activity

Book a fun activity to do at your destination so that you have something to look forward to. A hike or some type of physical activity is ideal because it will help you expend any stress that built up while you were on the plane. However, whatever excites you is the best.

Thinking about how much fun you’re going to have or possibly even checking something off of your lifetime bucket list will keep you motivated to fly sober.

Learn More About Flying Sober at Vertava Health Ohio

People without alcohol use disorder don’t always understand how difficult it can be to do “normal” activities without relying on drugs or alcohol, but we do. Every new adventure as a sober person is also a new opportunity to strengthen your commitment to recovery. If you or someone you care about is struggling with alcohol addiction, call Vertava Health Ohio today at 850.374.5331.