Learning Life Skills While In Treatment For Addiction



June 6th, 2016

Addiction has its grip on your life and you’re trying to pry away the stranglehold. I applaud your decision and want to congratulate you on deciding to attend rehab. You’ll experience a safe and medically-supervised withdrawal process and will work through your addiction with helpful and caring people.

You’ll also be learning a variety of new life skills that can help you regain your footing. Understanding these life skills is one of the most important aspects of the rehab process. They’ll help you become a stronger and more successful person once you’ve finished treatment.

What Kind Of Life Skills Will You Learn?

While in rehab, your counselors will work with you to help you master a wide range of life skills. Many of these skills will be things you mastered before addiction. Others may be entirely new to you. Wherever you stand, it’s important that you open your mind to the following imperative skills that will help you on your journey into sobriety and in your new and healthy life:

Coping mechanisms – Our lives are filled with stress which makes it incredibly hard for us to live a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately, you may deal with this stress using drugs or alcohol. In rehab, you will learn how to deal with your stress in a healthy and constructive way.

Independent living skills – Drug addiction often robs people of the ability to take care of themselves. Thankfully, rehab will help teach you a variety of independent living skills, like:

  • Maintaining a daily schedule
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Taking care of personal hygiene
  • Mastering financial independence

Controlling your emotions – If you use drugs or alcohol, you may be self-medicating your emotional difficulties. This is a major mistake: you’re not curing your emotional problems, just soothing the symptoms. In rehab, you will learn to live an emotionally-stable life free from addiction.

Mastering social interactions – Interacting with people when you’re addicted to drugs is difficult. Not only will your mind be impaired, but you’ll feel a great deal of guilt and fear. In rehab, you will learn how to break through those negative emotions, but master how to interact with people in positive and constructive ways.

By boosting your abilities in life, you are creating a better support system for the entire rehab process. It won’t be easy, but if you maintain your dedication and focus on these skills, there’s nothing you can’t do in life.

Why Are These Skills So Important?

Mastering life skills like these are so important because they help you step out of rehab as a new person and one who is willing to fight for a better life.

Avoid falling victim to relapse urges – If you have stronger coping mechanisms, then you won’t need to turn to drugs or alcohol to feel normal or happy. Instead, you can turn to healthier methods, such as:

Help you take control over your life – With a stronger feeling of the skills needed to live an independently, you can emerge from rehab ready to tackle the day-to-day realities of life with a smile on your face. For example, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply for jobs
  • Pay your bills on time
  • Take care of your vehicle
  • Spend money more reasonably
  • Spend time alone without agitation

Stay away from emotionally difficult or traumatizing situations – When you are better at handling your emotions, you won’t turn to drugs to feel better. You’ll also be strong enough to cut people and situations out of your life that may have contributed to your addiction, including:

  • Former dealers
  • People you used with
  • Areas you enjoyed using drugs in the past

Become a more socially integrated person – Human beings are social and if you master appropriate communication and interaction techniques, you are less likely to spend time alone. In this way, you can create a social support group that helps uphold your sobriety. You can also:

  • Make new friends
  • Smooth over past misunderstandings
  • Communicate affection better with loved ones
  • Start a new romantic relationship

As you can see, learning how to properly execute these life skills can help put you in a more comfortable and relaxing place in your life. Essentially, they give you the personal strength you need to recover from addiction, stay away from using, and gain the new lifelong sobriety that you deserve.

How Can They Be Learned In Rehab?

Life skills are taught in rehab in a variety of different ways. Most of them are subtle and are learned simply by attending activities in rehab. Others require specialized care programs. Typically, you’ll learn life lessons in rehab through the following:

  • Psychologists and other mental health specialists identify your problematic behaviors
  • Working through psychological problems that hold you back from mastering skills
  • Attending skills classes that help teach life lessons
  • Interacting with other people in recovery
  • Mastering relapse avoidance techniques
  • Learning new communication methods in a real world environment

If you struggle or fail to master these skills, don’t despair. We learn from failure and those lessons provide you with the focus you need to emerge from rehab as a truly changed person who is prepared to take care of themselves long after the door on your recovery is happily closed.

What Other Benefits Are Gained In Rehab?

Beyond the life skills you’ve learned in rehab are a variety of other incredible benefits that will help you become sober and stay sober. Rehab is designed to be a holistic treatment method and one that increases every aspect of your health. Some of the other benefits you’ll experience in rehab include:

  • Making social contacts with other people in recovery
  • Tips for a healthier diet
  • Building connections with caring counselors and addiction specialists
  • Finding a sober living facility
  • Potentially getting a job once you’re finished
  • Receiving treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, that can help you beat addictive behaviors

The great thing about these benefits is that they help boost the effectiveness of the life skills you mastered while in rehab. There’s nothing like becoming the person you always wanted to be and living a life free from addiction at the same time.

Mastering Your Life Skills In Rehab

There’s no better way to get a jump start on learning and mastering these crucial life skills than in rehab. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us at TreehouseRehab.org. We can get you started on a new path in life and ready for a healthy future. Contact us today and get started at Treehouse!

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