For people who have been struggling with drug addiction and mental disorders, one of the most difficult and unspoken issues they will face upon recovery is managing common daily tasks or “adulting” responsibilities. This is where Life Skills Building Therapy comes in.
Whether it be time management, budgeting, applying for jobs or school, goal setting, or even hygiene and home maintenance, many of the life skills that people learn as they grow are thrown to the wayside during addiction.
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What is Life Skills Therapy?
There are a lot of treatment centers out there that don’t necessarily value or appreciate the entire whole life approach to recovery. FindAddictionRehabs.com is different in that it facilitates growth and development in a multifaceted, whole body, whole life method. One of these areas is life skills.
Think about it, during addiction, many people struggle keeping healthy relationships, struggle to keep a job, drop out of school, stop paying bills, and just lose sight of their future altogether. This presents a pretty big hurdle for people when they graduate from treatment and rejoin the flow of life.
Life Skills Building Therapy promotes the value and accessibility to all of these things for people who are looking to recover from substance abuse and mental disorders.
Why are Life Skills Important?
Each addict or alcoholic comes from a different background, and each person will be focused on different areas of improvement for their life. Some folks have children and families that they hope to get back to, and some want to continue their education.
Life Skills Therapy teaches individuals how to competently and sufficiently operate within the society that they wish to be a part of. By receiving tools, tips, and coping skills that will help them accomplish the goals they have created for themselves, they will have a smoother transition back into the lives they want.
While living a life of addiction, people can often lose or abandon the activities that are necessary to living a healthy and functioning life. Life Skills Building Therapy helps to retrain these individuals in areas such as:
Developing a Basic Routine
- For many people in addiction, their routine was centered only around the getting and using of substances.
- Hobbies, relationships, and even sleeping and eating, were often cast aside in favor of the pursuit of getting and staying high
- Rebuilding this daily routine can be vital for a healthy sobriety, as a full schedule, where a person knows where and what they should be doing, is often a strong deterrent against relapse.
Learning How to Budget Finances
- It is no secret that an addict in their addiction is no financial tycoon. However, that doesn’t mean we are doomed to a financially strained future.
- Learning about the value and importance of budgeting, banking, and bill paying, is an extremely beneficial tool for recovering addicts.
Finding New Hobbies
- Many people in recovery report having hobbies or skills that they completely abandoned once they started using.
- The value of having hobbies is huge, as they promote a feeling of confidence, usefulness, dedication, joy, and even meditation for many!
- Finding new hobbies or rediscovering old ones can often promote a feeling of purpose and dedication into the life of a recovering addict.
Developing Communication Skills
- For a long time, addicts in their addiction were fueled by what is called the “lizard brain”, in other words, their base instinctual desire to get what they needed to feel safe and comfortable.
- Upon getting sober, it is often very difficult for addicts to find compassion and understanding of the emotional and social needs of themselves and those around them.
- Not to mention, many addicts come from traumatic experiences and thus have a hard time expressing their emotions, which can build up and lead to relapse.
- Having a healthy method of coping with emotions and expressing themselves in a constructive and effective manner helps many recovering addicts feel more in control of their lives.
Employment Assistance and Coaching
- Again, many addicts and people with mental disorders have struggled in the past to either get or maintain a career.
- This can often be influenced by their level of education, their desire to find something that fuels them with passion, or simply a position that challenges their creativity.
- Life Skills Therapy helps individuals focus in on what their passions are, how to perform a job search, how to make themselves more competitive in the application process, and how to manage daily work stressors.
School and Education Assistance
- Many people in addiction either avoided, dropped out, or didn’t perform well in school.
- Life Skills offers a unique opportunity of assistance to rejoining the education world, with information about obtaining a GED certificate, assistance on the application process of higher education and financial aid, and even by discovering what the person wants to do with their future.
By participating in Life Skills Therapy, the transition back to the “real world” will be filled with confidence and ease rather than fear and anxiety.
Life Skills and Relapse Prevention
The prevalence rates of relapse are at an all-time in our country, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Life Skill Therapy puts a major emphasis on the importance of relapse prevention and the availability to live a long and happy sobriety.
Through the cultivation of healthy coping skills, the value of hobbies, the availability to reintroduce into society as a functioning human, and the necessity of a recovery program, addicts and people with mental disorders develop a sense of positive self esteem, community spirit, and self assurance that can help to prevent relapse and promote a happy and healthy life.
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If you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism or addiction, understand that you are not alone in your struggles! If you are ready to change your life and finally be free of your addiction, then FindAddictionRehabs.com can help. We can give you the jump start you need in order to experience the recovery you have always wanted. Our holistic programs are unique in that they don’t just treat the addiction, but rather they treat the whole person, so if you are interested in finding out more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call today at 1-877-959-7271.