What is Life Skills Training Really All About?

Those who successfully complete a drug treatment program will face many obstacles once they come back home and resume their normal day-to-day life. Early in the recovery process, newly recovering addicts often feel overwhelmed in trying to cope with the stresses of daily living–and thoughts of using drugs and alcohol can take over a person’s thoughts. One of the most crucial tools a newly recovering addict has in minimizing the chances of relapse in their recovery is having a mastery of basic life skills and being able to apply them in their daily routine.

For many substance abusers, the basics of living day to day were either forgotten in the haze of addiction or were never learned in their formative years as a child or young adult. As a chronic and progressive disorder, addiction destroys the ability to function calmly and logically on a daily basis. Without basic life and coping skills firmly in place, addicts will slip further into their addictive behaviors and will be increasingly unable to interact and relate to their environment in a healthy fashion. If you or a loved one are seeking professional drug treatment that contains life and coping skills training you need to become confident in your recovery, call the addiction professionals at Dream Center for Recovery toll-free today at 1-877-978-3148.

What is Life Skills Training?

You may have heard the term life skills before and you may have a general idea of what they are, but you may not know the full extent of what these skills cover.  Life skills are a set of psychological and social skills that are needed for you to successfully adapt to your daily life. Additionally, life skills also help you meet the challenges will face on a daily basis. Life skills can be categorized into three main areas

  • Cognitive–allows you to analyze and use the information to make the best decisions.
  • Personal skills–skills you need to maintain and manage yourself.
  • Interpersonal skills–allows you to effectively communicate and interact effectively with others.

For those recovering addicts in the early stages of recovery, life skills training is an absolute necessity in establishing independence, being organized and staying focused on adequately meeting one’s daily needs and obligations. Having a solid set of life and coping skills helps those new in recovery become confident and assertive as they work their individual program of recovery while being able to take care of their needs while navigating the pressures of daily living. Ultimately, life skills provide those in recovery with a strong sense of empowerment in making healthy choices that will further strengthen their sobriety and help achieve long-term sobriety.

The Ways In Which Life Skills Training Can Help Strengthen Recovery

There are several important aspects of life skills training that will help newly recovering addicts gain the confidence and self-esteem they need to succeed in both recovery and life in general.

Developing A Healthy Routine

First and foremost, life skills training to help you learn to develop a basic daily routine. While having a daily routine may seem obvious to most people, people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol can often forget the most basic life skills. For those who are newly recovering, they must learn to create and implement a daily routine which is structured and includes a sleep schedule, regular exercise, work and family commitments and other recovery-related activities. When those in recovery learn how to plan their day in an effective manner, they are better able to stay productive and minimize any idle time in their day.

Receive Employment Coaching

Another important aspect of life skills training is providing those who are newly recovering with employment coaching which will help them find meaningful employment so they can be truly self-sufficient. It is common for addicts to lose their jobs and experience lengthy periods of unemployment due to their drug and alcohol use. Through the help of an experienced employment coach, recovering addicts will learn how to properly interview for a job, write an effective and eye-catching resume, and they will be able to locate and utilize all the available local resources that are needed to obtain employment. Having a job is another crucial building block in boosting self-esteem and self-sufficiency which is crucial in gaining confidence in recovery.

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Basic Budgeting and Money Management

Along with employment coaching and learning basic job skills, learning basic budgeting and money management skills is another important life skill that must be mastered in order to sustain recovery. When an addict was active in their addiction, any income that may have been generated went towards drugs or alcohol and basic necessities such as food, utilities, and other bills were neglected. With the help of a financial advisor, credit counselor or other financial professional, people who are newly recovering will learn how to put together a monthly budget and how to prioritize expenses. Additionally, those in recovery can learn ways on how to save and invest the money they earn to provide financial stability and peace of mind.

Pursuing Healthy Hobbies and Other Interests

Additionally, life skills training also emphasizes pursuing new hobbies and interests that are healthy and recovery-oriented. Newly recovering addicts will be encouraged to enjoy activities such as reading, learning a musical instrument, learning to cook, fitness, or other hobbies and interests which had taken a backseat during their addiction. These activities will allow recovering addicts to enjoy life to the fullest and will help them establish new and meaningful friendships. Ultimately, engaging in hobbies help addicts grow emotionally and spiritually and help promote positive change.

Build Effective Interpersonal Communication Skills

Most importantly, life skills training will help your recovery by re-establishing relationships by teaching effective communication skills. Along with reconnecting with family and friends, people who are newly recovering are also taught how to work through those emotional issues which could be hindering their growth in recovery. Additionally, recovering addicts will also learn how to form new friendships and learn strategies on how to avoid those stressful situations can lead to relapse.

Let Dream Center for Recovery Give You These Tools to Succeed in Recovery

The process of recovering from substance abuse can be a very challenging and overwhelming journey. Most people that have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction often lack the most basic life skills, so it is important for a drug and alcohol treatment program to offer life skills for addicts going back into the outside world. At Dream Center for Recovery, we are able to help you learn the basic and essential life and coping skills you need in order to be successful once you complete drug treatment and are ready to resume your life. Our goal is to provide those in recovery and a safe and stable environment in which they learn and grow into their new lives. Start on the right foot in your recovery and contact us today.