Over the course of active addiction, an individual’s way of life changes dramatically. The effects of alcohol or drug addiction include the deterioration of one’s physical health as well as altered patterns of thought and major changes in behavior that a negative impact on other areas of one’s life.
There’s frequently increasing absenteeism from work or school, financial problems as more and more of one’s income must be used to sustain a substance abuse habit, and virtually all of one’s important relationships—those with a spouse or romantic partner, parents and other family members, friends, colleagues, and other non-addicted loved ones—are either damaged or sacrificed to the addiction. With the passage time, those in the throes of active addiction lose many of the basic life-skills that are essential to one’s independence and survival, or perhaps the addicted developed before one could even learn many such skills. As a result, part of one’s recovery must involve reacquiring those survival skills that are central not only to sobriety but to living as a stable, self-sufficient adult.
What is Life-Skills Training for Substance Abuse & Addiction?
When an individual is in the throes of active addiction, substance abuse becomes the center of his or her life. As a result, most other aspects of one’s life fall by the wayside, including things like one’s hobbies and interests. Moreover, an addict’s daily routine is dramatically different from that of a non-addict. The thought of recovery from addiction often evokes the notion of achieving sobriety, but recovery entails much more than overcoming the physical aspects of dependency. Especially when the individual developed an addiction as a teenager and never learned to be an adult when sober, it’s important for a comprehensive addiction recovery program to help prepare individuals for life after treatment. An essential part of that preparation is life-skills training.
Life-skills training are educational sessions in which those in recovery re-acquire those skills that are essential to being a self-sufficient, independent adult. One of the most basic life-skills that individuals in recovery must learn is how to process and manage one’s emotions as well as the stress or anxiety that is a natural part of adulthood. It’s important for individuals to be able to cope with emotions and stress since substance abuse is often the primary coping mechanism of addicts in such situations. Additionally, life-skills training will teach newly sober individuals basic nutrition and hygiene, which is crucial in order to address one’s most basic needs. Developing positive social skills and learning to communicate effectively and respectfully are also an important focus of life-skills training, allowing individuals to form and sustain healthy relationships with others.
How Guardian IOP Utilizes Life-Skills Training to Facilitate Recovery From Addiction
Through the life-skills training that we offer at Guardian Intensive Outpatient, individuals will learn a variety of skills and strategies that have proven to be an essential component of lasting recovery. Those participating in our programming will develop effective coping skills that will allow them to process their emotions and cope with stress, acquire decision-making skills, learn how to express one’s emotions and thoughts in a respectful and healthy manner, gain valuable confidence and self-esteem, develop leadership skills, learn cooperation and how to build trust, understand the importance of physical exercise and nutrition, relearn basic self-care, and more. Some of the most basic goals of our life-skills training include giving individuals a thorough understanding of the disease of addiction as well as how to meet each individual’s personal recovery needs, helping individuals better understand themselves and relate to others, and helping them to anticipate their future needs in an effort to prevent relapse and maintain long-term sobriety.
The Importance of Like-Skills in Achieving Lasting Sobriety
There are many reasons why an individual might relapse back into active addiction; however, the key to maintaining success in recovery is to anticipate possible triggers and learn how to overcome them without succumbing to substance abuse. One of the most common reasons that individuals relapse after treatment can be attributed to being ill-prepared for sobriety; more specifically, many individuals relapse as a result of stress and anxiety or the experience of hardships and adversity.
Life-skills training helps individuals to prepare for instances in which relapse could be possible by arming them with the skills and strategies to be independent, self-sufficient adults. As such, Guardian Intensive Outpatient life-skills training is an important part of our addiction treatment programming that is instrumental in relapse prevention, allowing individuals to maintain long-term sobriety.
Begin Your Path to Recovery by Contacting Guardian Intensive Outpatient Today
Alcohol and drug addiction is an all-consuming disease that strips individuals of their potential and independence; however, Guardian IOP offers life-skills training that helps to fortify the sobriety of those in recovery. If you or someone you love is suffering from chemical dependency and would like to learn about life-skills training or other available treatments, call Guardian Intensive Outpatient today so that one of our recovery specialists can help you develop a recovery curriculum that addresses your individual needs. A better, healthier life is only a phone call away.