Traveling around the country or around the world can, at times, be a daunting task. Just ask any frequent flyer. Then add the challenges of new sobriety onto that and it just became exponentially difficult.
I have seen a trip to rehab go bad during a three mile car ride. Let’s go fly across the country! And this is not just about rehab!
How about the business executive that must fly to New York for that corporate do-or-die presentation?… or the actor who must move around quickly from city to city to promote the new movie? Getting loaded on such trips would be devastating. It could be a deal breaker, not only for the executive or the actor, but for the corporations they represent. Very often millions of dollars rest on the shoulders of one person. That person should probably be sober, don’t you think?
The challenges facing someone in new sobriety are enormous. During those first few months the alcoholic’s sober life can be precarious, at best. The same holds true for the heroin addict, the crack cocaine addict and the pothead, pill addict or the meth addict.
Traveling for these people is really tough. Those little bottles on the plane look so harmless and sooooo good. Stress and anxiety at the airport can entice one to search out one of the airport bars… just to calm down. Both those situations can lead to an incomplete trip, and there are many other scenarios that can lead to a lost opportunity. A street smart addict can perhaps find more than just alcohol at the airport, or get arrested for trying.
Are there any guarantees for safe travel?
No. Addicts and alcoholics are pretty ingenious, inventive and fast, but there are ways to minimize the chance of damage. Enter the Sober Companion.
Sober transportation with the aid of a Sober Companion reduces the chances of trip interruption by 95%. Sure, mom or dad or Uncle Fred can accompany the addict to wherever and back again, but they do not necessarily have the experience or knowledge to handle bad situations that may arise. Besides, they usually have their own lives to lead and taking time for this (although important) is not always possible.
The Sober Companion is trained to diffuse the anxiety that accompanies new sobriety. They are usually sober themselves, so they can present a role model and good conversation. A good Sober Companion can turn a difficult, angry trip into a learning experience… perhaps even enjoyable, although I may be pushing that a bit.
Sober Companions remain anonymous and are bound by confidentiality. We may be introduced as a friend, relative, or as an associate of sorts. Some clients do not mind the concept, depending on the situation, and just explain that they are in early sobriety and I am their Jiminy Cricket, their shadow or any one of a dozen or so humorous adjectives. It is all good, and we will play any part to keep a client safe in his or her surroundings.
A Sober Companion can cost upwards of $1,000 per day, plus expenses. Agencies will generally charge this amount. As an independent, my price is $750 per day, plus expenses, as my overhead is lower than that of an agency.
Booking a Sober Companion is generally done with relatively short notice, but try to allow time for the planning that is needed, even if only a few days.
As a Certified Recovery Coach, with a background in counseling, Sober Trasport is one of my favorite parts of the programs I offer. For more information on me, please read here. I can arrange for a back-up companion if I am booked when you call.