The Sober Vacation of a Lifetime

Vacations. 

We all want them. We all need them. And, to be honest, we all deserve them.

We rationalize treating ourselves to a little piece of paradise by working hard during the year. Often times, we take vacations to get a break from reality for a little while. Maybe we’ve been going through a rough time, or maybe we’re simply celebrating a special event. Either way, we take time out of our busy schedules to breathe.

When most of us (Canadians) imagine the perfect vacation, we picture unlimited sunshine, sandy beaches, exquisite foods, and copious amounts of alcohol. This description used to fit me perfectly. In fact, every vacation that I went on I was so focused on what I would drink next that time flashed before my eyes like a shooting star. I missed out on many precious moments because I was too intoxicated by the thought of alcohol (and the alcohol itself).

Yet, this March break, I stayed sober and it was the best vacation of my life.

I didn’t miss a second. I was present and I soaked all of it in like the Florida sun on my skin. I saw every deep orange sunset. I tasted every sweet pineapple. I felt every grain of the warm sand in between my toes. I was immersed in the beauty of my vacation, and I blissfully remember it all.

I didn’t wake up in the morning with a throbbing headache or a flutter of regrets. I didn’t hold my stomach tightly and pray for the pain to go away. I woke up every single morning ready to experience more – to see more, to feel more, to hear more. To see the sun glistening on the blue water, to hear the chatter of loved ones catching up, to smell the saltiness of the ocean and to feel myself relax and be at peace. Finally.

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In a world where alcohol in shoved in our faces and we believe that maybe if we just have “one” drink we’ll be more outgoing and adventurous, it is so very important to take a step back from it for a while. To fully indulge in life. To see the beauty of everything around us. To be free. 

I never wanted to admit that there was anything wrong with drinking heavily. Isn’t that how we have a good time? However, now that I have seen the other side, I have felt the freedom and I will never go back.

I have now been sober for 57 days and I have never loved myself or my life more.

“Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been. I feel very positive where I never did before, and I think that’s all a direct result of getting sober.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, please know that there is support out here. You do not have to fight alone. You do not have to stay in the dark. There is light. I promise you, there’s a brighter day.

Keep on shining.

Emily

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Resources in Canada:

Canada Drug Rehab

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Canadian Addiction Helplines

Drug Rehab

Free E-Book on How To Get Sober

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