Life Skills and Recovery
Many addicts, alcoholics and those with co-occurring disorders lack basic life skills. The stress of leaving treatment and reintegrating into the larger community can be intense and challenging for some including those with co-occurring disorders. Those who haven’t received the information and experiences needed to avoid relapse or haven’t incorporated the tools from treatment are at greater risk of relapse.
For most substance abusers, the basics of living day to day were never learned. Addictive behavior and thinking has destroyed the recovering substance abusers’ ability to function calmly on a daily basis. Treatment Alternatives has incorporated many aspects of daily living requirements to help ease the shock of moving from treatment back to everyday life.
Six Life Skills that Strengthen Recovery
- Holistic therapies provide many outlets for dealing with stress. Nutrition is an important component of rebuilding the body and mind. Clients meet with a dietician and learn about food and nutrition since most alcoholics and addicts are in poor health. With the guidance of the dietician, clients learn healthy eating habits, shopping for food, and cooking their food. Discussions about money and budgeting are significant as these conversations prepare clients for aftercare and for living in a sober community, if that is where they are going after treatment.
- In PHP, clients are responsible for cleaning their living space. They are responsible for their own laundry and organizing their belongings. There is a dress code that must be adhered to in treatment all of which are part of life skills training.
- For those who suffer from co-occurring disorders, medication management as a life skill is crucial, as well as identifying healthy self-productive behaviors that stop a relapse from occurring.
- Addiction makes clients self-centered. Learning social etiquette is extremely important to function in the daily world. No longer living in a world of drug and alcohol use, clients must learn how to engage in conversation, participate in healthy interactions, modulate emotions (not suppressing emotions), and more. This process provides clients with self-awareness and understanding of the interactions required for clear communications.
- Learning personal responsibilities such as getting up on time, arriving promptly to group, individual counseling or being accountable are important skills for anyone hoping to function in daily life. Peers and staff at the treatment facility will address a client who acts irresponsibly or demonstrates disrespect either for him or herself or the group.
- Finally, life skills include learning how to enjoy one’s self without drugs and alcohol. At Treatment Alternatives, clients can go to the movies, bowling, play laser tag, go to the beach and go boating.
Exercise facilities are available that allow clients to work out, play softball, swim, play volleyball or basketball and engage in physical activities that rebuild body strength and brain function.
Treatment Alternatives offers a multidisciplinary approach to recovery. Without addressing every aspect of an individual’s life: behavior, thinking, emotions, physical health and spiritual well-being, a person suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring disorder will probably relapse.
Call 877-957-5113 now and learn how to live drug and alcohol free. Recovery is less painful than addiction and far more enjoyable.