The notion of spring break usually brings to mind images of partying with drugs, alcohol, and scantily clad college students in some exotic locale. In other words, it’s not exactly the type of environment that is beneficial for someone who is sober. But that doesn’t have to mean that sober college students have to miss out on having fun when spring break finally does roll around. Who says that enjoying your break has to involve binge drinking, blacking out, and doing other things that you will regret? There are alternatives out there for college students who want to relax and have fun without risking their health, safety, self respect, and sobriety in the process. The following is a guide to having a great and memorable sober spring break.
There are many ways to get a natural sense of “high” that don’t involve the use of drugs or alcohol. Many sober students get connected to the outdoors and feel a natural excitement by spending their spring break backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, parasailing, or skydiving in a beautiful location. There are so many options for feeling alive and connected to nature through various outdoor activities.
The mountains, beaches, deserts, state parks, and other wilderness areas of our great country offer endless opportunities for doing so. The best part of it is that you will be able to fully enjoy whatever you do, and actually build lasting memories because you weren’t getting wasted in the process. Grab some other sober friends to take a trip, or if you have to go on a more traditional spring break, make sure to stay busy by exploring the area you’re visiting. It may also be a good idea to attend meetings in the area, or bring a sober companion.
Check An Item Off Your Bucket List.
Another great benefit of being sober is that it opens up a whole world of opportunities that previously wouldn’t have been possible. When a vacation no longer revolves around drinking or partying, you are actually freer to do the things you’ve always dreamed of. Now’s the time to make a list of places you’ve always wanted to visit, or things you’ve wanted to experience. Use spring break as an opportunity to make your dream come true.
This is a more practical alternative that can produce a more satisfying and constructive spring break. It can also be great for students who don’t have a budget for world travel, or who want to use the time constructively. Volunteering with a cause that’s important to you builds self esteem, skills, and enriches the lives of others. It can be a great way to take your mind off of school responsibilities for awhile and is relaxing in its own right. There are endless volunteer opportunities in every city, and even in other countries if you want to make traveling part of the deal.
Devote Time To Self Improvement.
There is also nothing wrong with staying put during spring break, or going back home to visit family. You can use the time to connect with old friends, practice some of your favorite hobbies, or work on other issues that are important to you. Having a low key spring break is another great way to relax, unwind, and recharge yourself for the following school semester. It can also be a great opportunity to take a step back from your life in college so far and gain some fresh perspective.