Addiction has the ability to send your life completely off the rails and then some. Several people struggle with severe physical consequences that have changed the course of their lives. Others battle legal troubles, such as DUI’s and other substance-related crimes. Many people no longer have any battles to face, as they have lost their lives to addiction. That is how powerful drug and alcohol addiction can be.
If you are addicted to one or more substances, you may or may not suffer similar consequences to those listed above. However, one of the first things you might experience is the inability to uphold and/or execute basic life skills. These skills can include keeping up with household chores such as dishes, laundry, and the overall cleanliness of your home. Or, you might begin isolating yourself to the point where you no longer have the appropriate communication skills needed to navigate relationships with others. Your abilities to manage your finances, remember important dates or live a healthy life can be compromised. Sadly, if your addiction continues, chances are that these consequences will become worse.
Thankfully, you can get help. Specifically designed to help those who struggle to maintain order in their everyday lives, life skills therapy can invigorate and educate those who need a fresh start.
What Does Life Skills Therapy Offer?
When addiction is present, nearly everything except using and acquiring more of the desired substance usually sits on the back burner. If you have struggled with addiction, you know this to be true. Even if you never wanted to neglect the simple things in life or those who you loved, you might have done so because your desire to use was stronger than you could manage at the time. Or, you could say, you were “powerless” over your addiction.
However, when in treatment, you can get your power back and put it to good use. One of the things you can do while in treatment is participate in life skills therapy.
Life skills therapy offers patients the chance to once again learn basic skills that they might have abandoned while actively addicted. As it pertains to you, you can participate in life skills therapy to help you restore the skills that you need to utilize on a daily basis.
4 Tools You’ll Learn in Life Skills Therapy
Life skills therapy can help individuals foster significant changes in their personal growth. If you engage in life skills therapy, you can utilize the tools provided to you so that you can better your outcomes for a happy, healthy life when you leave treatment.
Some of the many tools that you might learn while in life skills therapy can include maintaining a daily schedule, learning how to budget finances, and practicing good hygiene. Other tools you might acquire are listed below.
- Household responsibilities
While it might seem minor to some, it can be easy to completely forget what goes into making a household run effectively when you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Let’s face it – the majority of your time was likely not focused on caring for your home, rather fueling your substance abuse. So, life skills therapy can help you get your surroundings in order by teaching the importance of an organized, clean space. Additionally, you can learn how to do things that you might not have done before, such as laundry or washing the floors.
- Communication techniques
Just as you might have neglected your living space, you likely isolated yourself from those whom you love, including your parents, siblings, children, grandparents, and friends. And, as a result of “functioning” in this manner for a period of time, you might not know how to properly communicate with your loved ones. In fact, you might not have ever had effective communication skills in the first place. Life skills therapy can connect you with professionals who can help you learn effective communications skills, the importance of listening to others and considering their feelings, and ensuring that you are communicating your needs rather than stuffing them away.
- Coping mechanisms
One of the biggest risks to one’s recovery is the potential for relapse. Even the most successful people in recovery can relapse within an instant. Therefore, it is always important to be prepared for what to do in the event that you feel like a relapse might occur.
Life skills therapy can work to equip you with coping mechanisms that allow you to handle temptations, stress, and other potential relapse triggers that come your way. Some of the many coping mechanisms that you can obtain through life skills therapy can include the following:
- Avoiding high-risk situations
- Finding sober ways to de-stress
- Practicing honesty
- Identifying triggers
- Attending 12-Step meetings
As you work to develop coping mechanisms, ensure that you establish some that are specific to your unique needs.
- Emotional regulation
Learning how to regulate your emotions and emotional responses can be pivotal in your recovery. Participating in life skills therapy can help you learn how to do that in a manner that keeps you on the right track. For example, rather than allowing yourself to get all worked up over a stressful event, regulating your emotions so you can appropriately calm down or prevent yourself from getting worked up is something you can learn through life skills therapy. Through regulating your emotions, you will develop emotional intelligence, which can be majorly beneficial. For example, you might experience benefits such as a strong sense of self-awareness and empathy.
Getting help for an addiction might seem completely overwhelming, especially if you are thinking about the type of work that goes into maintaining sobriety. However, wonderful things can occur when you stop abusing drugs and/or alcohol and begin focusing on bettering yourself. Life skills therapy is truly just one aspect of a comprehensive approach designed to treat your addiction through and through.
Millions of people struggle with addiction on a regular basis, however, you do not need to be one of them. You have the power to change the course of your life, establish the right tools necessary to increase your overall wellbeing, and live in recovery.
If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, you can make the call that will help save your life. Do not spend one more second trapped within a cycle of substance abuse that only promises a bleak future. Instead, contact us right now so we can help you work towards your recovery in a positive, healthy way that meets all of your needs and more.