It’s a real taste of Mexico, Ross said. It’s not like we’re staying at a major resort. I’m getting introduced to things I wouldn’t do on my own.
Flagstaff, AZ (PRWEB) March 17, 2012
Ross, a Back2Basics resident intern with nearly a year of sobriety, is getting a taste of many things in Mexico that sobriety can bring. He’s also learning to navigate the challenges of early sobriety in a setting that’s decidedly outside of his comfort zone.
It’s the third trip to the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for Back2Basics residents, and co-founder Graciela Del Moral says the weather is the best it’s ever been. By day, the ocean’s surf zone is a pleasant complement to air temperatures in the 80s. By night, no sweaters are required for partaking in English-speaking meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and experiencing local cultural events, including – so far – a local guitar festival and a carnival, both in downtown Zihuatanejo.
From street tacos to bistek (steak) at a rural roadside stand, the food has also left a great impression on the jovenes, or youth, from Back2Basics. It’s most satisfying after a few hours of surfing, after which everyone is usually famished.
“It’s a real taste of Mexico, Ross said. “It’s not like we’re staying at a major resort. I’m getting introduced to things I wouldn’t do on my own.”
At 20, Ross is of legal drinking age here – and that knowledge nags at him sometimes. “I’ve had thoughts,” he said. “That’s what goes on for me: I could buy it if I wanted it.”
Ross is still early enough in sobriety where getting past those thoughts brings him joy. “It feels very accomplished,” he says. And he’s got a lot to stay sober for. There’s his Dad, who’s been supportive. To relapse would insult him, as well as Back2Basics co-founders Del Moral and Roy Duprez, who are hosting his Mexican experience.
Plus, sobriety has paved the way for early accomplishments in other areas: “I got a 4.0 at NAU last semester,” he said. “If I continue on this path, I have a lot of opportunities ahead.”
For Anthony, a resident of Back2Basics for three months now, this is his first trip out of the United States, sober or not. “I think in the beginning, I was really hesitant,” he said. “After being here a while I’m having fun. I’m really comfortable. It’s definitely the best time I’ve had in a long time.”
Anthony carried some preconceived notions of Mexico that got turned upside down shortly after his arrival. Of the Back2Basics trip style, “I thought they drove a bus, just on a short trip somewhere near the border,” he said. And his expectations of Mexico? “You hear about the cartels, and the drugs, the lawlessness, and people … I just pictured them unhappy,” he said, adding that he’s had his eyes opened on all fronts.
“For me it shows that this is something new and different, and being sober is something new and different as well. I'm never even tried. It shows that you can have fun doing something different.”