It can be difficult to travel while struggling with addiction, as airports and airlines have specific rules in place to keep people safe. However, there are ways to make the process easier. Here are some tips for traveling safely while dealing with addiction-avoiding international flights, the use of alcohol, and bringing your medication through security.
One of the more difficult parts about traveling while struggling with addiction can be on international flights. International drug laws vary between countries, and it’s important to do some research before going abroad.
For example, in Japan, possessing or importing small amounts of any drug can result in imprisonment without bail for up to 5 years. In Singapore, it is illegal to possess any quantity of an illegal drug, and you could be fined up to $20,000 or sentenced to capital punishment for drug trafficking.
Even if you have permission to hold with you some substances that would be considered illegal due to medical treatment and recovery, it is still recommended that you avoid international flights. This includes carrying any amount of prescription medication, along with over-the-counter medications like Advil or Tylenol. Not doing so could result in getting turned away at the security gate, and held until your flight departs. According to iRecover, if that’s not possible, bring only the amount of medication that can fit in an approved container. If you’re traveling for treatment, the rehab center you are attending should be able to provide a letter confirming your treatment.
Avoiding the Use of Alcohol
Drinking while your medication can still be in effect can lead to dangerous side effects that could harm you or others around you. Not only do several medications have a “do not drink” warning, but it’s also important to stay alert when traveling due to possible security risks. Alcohol can cause slurred speech, slowed reflexes, and other symptoms that could present a danger to you or others around you.
For people traveling while struggling with addiction, it’s best to avoid the use of any alcoholic beverages until the effects of your medication have worn off. It is suggestible to eat light meals before going through airport security and drinking plenty of water before and during the flight.
Your doctor and family should be aware of where you are traveling, especially if it’s outside the country. This can help in case there is an emergency while you are away. If your doctor suspects that you might use the medication in a way other than intended or you may find yourself in a tempting situation, they may ask for frequent consultations, throughout your trip.
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions when it comes to how much medication you should bring with you. It may not be wise to take a trip without any medication in case there is an emergency, and no amount of illegal substance should be used in place for it.
If your destination requires you to take certain medications, make sure you learn what you need to do before arriving. For example, if your destination requires an injection or special equipment, bringing the appropriate forms and supplies with you is crucial.
Struggling with addiction while traveling can be difficult, but there are some precautions you need to take. Before going on your trip, go over the recovery plan that was put in place for you and how it will affect your travel plans. Be sure to follow any guidelines or requests, such as avoiding airports or certain cities where temptation may be high.
If you are taking any form of medication, make sure to learn what the warnings and side effects are beforehand. Most importantly, do not give in to temptation by using illegal substances or drinking alcohol while traveling! Doing so can put you at risk for an arrest or other consequences that could ruin your vacation.
Don’t Travel Alone
Traveling alone is usually not a good idea when you’re struggling with addiction. Not only can you be more prone to temptation and risky behavior if traveling by yourself, but it may also be difficult for security or medical staff to help you should the need arise.
Make sure that someone always knows where you are going and when you should return. If going on a trip by yourself, check in with someone periodically and always let them know your whereabouts. If possible, have a friend or family member join you on your trip.
Traveling while struggling with addiction can be difficult, but there are some precautions you need to take. Before going on your trip, go over the recovery plan that was put in place for you and how it will affect your travel plans.
Be sure to follow any guidelines or requests, such as avoiding airports or certain cities where temptation may be high. If you are taking any form of medication, make sure to learn what the warnings and side effects are beforehand. Most importantly, do not give in to temptation!