While what you learn in addiction recovery is vital to maintaining a life of sobriety, it is just as important to learn valuable life skills that can help in difficult situations and help to overcome or avoid triggers. Learning life skills in recovery is one of the main ways to prevent relapse and can bring confidence to the individual so they feel ready when it’s time to re-enter society.
What Skills Are Taught?
In addiction treatment, several life skills can be taught to provide the patient with enough tools so they will feel confident enough to re-enter society without feeling nervous or scared about going back home and relapsing. Some of the skills that are taught to patients include the following:
- Stress and anger management: There’s no doubt that recovery from addiction can be stressful and in many people, anger is associated with the recovery process as well. It’s vital for those who are in recovery learn how to manage their stress and anger in a healthy way. By learning how to manage stress and anger, patients can reduce the amount of hardships that can affect their recovery.
- Nutrition and health: During active addiction, nutrition and health go on the back burner. Thus, it is important for patients to learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits during recovery in order to provide their bodies with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function properly.
- Communication skills: It can feel difficult for those in recovery to communicate effectively with others. Especially because most of the people they associated with before recovery shared the experience of substance abuse. Learning how to communicate effectively with different types of people in different social circumstances is important in order to have a successful recovery.
- Financial management: During active addiction, almost every dollar was spent on alcohol, drugs or other substances, making it harder for those in recovery to remember how to budget responsibly. A vital life skill that is taught during recovery is how to budget and manage finances responsibly. In this way, patients can feel confident that they can pay their bills on time while saving up for bigger goals.
- Developing healthy relationships: In most circumstances, patients have had a hard time developing and maintaining healthy relationships while they were in active addiction. Learning the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship plays a huge role in a patient’s success in recovery.
- Career development: In most cases, active addiction leads to loss of employment, which can make it difficult for patients to become employed in the future. Career counseling is a great way for patients to match their experience and skills with the career that fits them best. Additionally, patients will be taught how they can maintain the career of their choice and how they can develop a plan for employment once they complete their treatment.
Learn Life Skills at Serenity
We understand how difficult it can be for patients to re-enter society after going through rehabilitation. We know the challenges that are faced, but we also know the tools that can be taught so our patients can feel confident once their treatment program is completed. At Serenity Point Rehabilitation, we have taken strides to cultivate the best and most effective rehabilitation program imaginable.
The founders of our facility have spent years researching addiction, detoxification, and rehabilitation to put together a rehab program that works for different types of people. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and want to know how life skills can be added to your treatment program, call us at 1-855-218-2796 to speak with one of our advisors.