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What is Life Skill Training Really About? 28 Sep 2015

What is Life Skill Training Really About?

Completing substance abuse treatment is arguably one of the most important milestones you can experience n recovery. As you are ready to transition back to your normal daily life and routine, you can take a look back at the person you once were, then look at yourself in the here and now–and you can appreciate how far you have come. As you leave drug treatment, however, you will realize that the recovery process does not simply end when you complete treatment–in fact, the real work in recovery has just begun for you.

What is the Biggest Challenge in Recovery?

The biggest challenge that you can face in your recovery is learning how to live life and uphold your daily obligations while working a program of recovery. When you were in the grip of addiction, taking care of yourself took a back seat to the daily ritual of finding and taking drugs and alcohol. While completing drug treatment can fill you with excitement and eagerness, the reality of life can be overwhelming–and the cravings and urges to use drugs and alcohol can and often resurfaces. In order to help the individual function in the outside world while maintaining their recovery, it is absolutely critical that the newly recovering addict is taught basic life skills.

When you were actively using drugs and alcohol, being able to adequately take care of yourself was forgotten in the haze of addiction. Drug addiction destroys the ability to function calmly and logically on a daily basis. Without these foundations in place, you can slip further into those maladaptive addictive patterns of behavior. As a result, you are unable to interact and relate to your home environment in a healthy fashion. That is why life skill training is an integral part of drug treatment.

How Does Life Skill Training Help You In Your Recovery?

By learning and actively putting into practice the life skills you were taught in drug treatment, you are able to successfully meet those essential responsibilities that you need to meet on a daily basis. The following are the ways in which life skills training benefits you and your recovery.

Developing a Daily Routine


One important life skill that you need to learn and implement in your life is the development of a basic daily routine. While having a daily routine may seem obvious to most people, those people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol can completely forget the most basic of life skills. It is important to implement a consistent daily routine which is highly structured and includes a sleep schedule, regular time for exercise, work and family commitments and other recovery-related activities. When you learn how to successfully plan your day, you are better able to stay productive and are able to prioritize those activities that will help strengthen your recovery.

Employment Coaching


Another important aspect of life skills training is providing the necessary employment coaching that will help you locate and obtain long-term and meaningful employment so you can be self-sufficient and confident. It is common for addicts to lose their jobs and experience lengthy unemployment due to their drug and alcohol use. Through the help of an employment coach in drug treatment or in a sober living home, you will be able to learn how to interview, write an effective resume and use all the available community resources that are needed to obtain employment. Having a job is another crucial building block in a quality individual plan of recovery after drug treatment.

Budgeting and Finances


Along with learning the necessary job skills, learning to budget one’s finances is another important life skill that addicts need to be taught in order for you to be successful. While in active addiction, any income that you may have earned went towards drugs or alcohol, and the basic necessities you need to attend to such as food, utilities, and other bills were neglected. With the help of a financial advisor or other professional, you can learn how to put together a realistic and sensible monthly budget and how to better prioritize your expenses. Additionally, you can learn important ways on how to save and invest your hard-earned money so you can achieve financial stability and peace of mind for you or your family.

Finding Healthy Hobbies and Other Interests

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Life skills training also emphasizes learning new hobbies and pursuing interests. When you are in residential or outpatient drug treatment, you are encouraged to enjoy activities such as reading, learning a musical instrument, learning to cook or other hobbies and interests which had taken a backseat to your addiction. These healthy and recovery-centered activities can help you enjoy life and can help you establish new friendships. These activities also help fill your day with those things that promote growth and change.

Effective Communication Skills

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Most importantly, quality life skills training can benefit you in recovery by helping you re-establish relationships and teaching you to effectively communicate with the family and friends again. Along with reconnecting with your loved ones, you are also taught how to work through those deeper emotional issues which could be hindering your growth as a recovering person. Additionally, you will learn how to form new friendships and you can learn strategies on how to avoid those stressful situations can lead to relapse.

Holistic Recovery Centers Will Give You The Tools To Succeed In Your Recovery

The process of recovering from substance abuse can be a very challenging, but very rewarding journey. People that have struggled with 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 Holistic Recovery Centers, we can help those in recovery learn the basic life skills they need in order to be successful once they complete drug treatment. Our number one goal is to provide you with a  safe and stable environment in which you will learn and grow into their new live in recovery. Start on the right foot in your recovery and contact Holistic Recovery Centers toll-free today.