Life skills training programs are one of the most important facets of your addiction treatment at Promises Behavioral Health. Together with a mix of therapies and other treatment methods, these educational sessions help you learn and practice daily skills important to your sobriety and overall wellness. Many of the learned skills are those left behind negative patterns from abusing drugs or alcohol. Others were possibly never learned, as addiction held the greatest importance in your life.
There are many benefits to life skills training. These learned skills, coupled with therapy for managing stress, are among the most used aspects of your treatment applied to daily life. They provide your structure, stability, wellness, and perspective for maintaining recovery. These skills also help you meet your short- and long-term goals, so you can have the life you truly want.
What are Life Skills Training Programs?
Life skills training programs at Promises Behavioral Health help you conquer your addiction and create the life you always wanted. But these skills are not necessarily life-changing at face value. In fact, many life skills are the basic methods you need to maintain a healthy and balanced life. As you master these aspects of daily living, they become second nature.
Key life skills and addiction recovery essentials include:
- Keeping a daily routine
- Practicing self-care
- Maintaining your living space
- Managing your finances
- Following a healthy diet
- Finding a job
- Getting enough rest
Beyond these life skills and addiction recovery methods, you also need skills for positive communication, coping with emotions, forging healthy relationships, and managing stress. Although many of these rules of recovery sound easy, even something as simple as maintaining a daily routine can prove difficult on a day-to-day basis. A big part of keeping your sobriety safe is ensuring you stick to practicing these methods learned in your life skills training programs. Doing so proves worthwhile, as one of the biggest benefits of life skills training is ongoing, healthy recovery.
Why You Need Life Skills Training Programs
People who abuse drugs or alcohol do so as a means of hiding from life. You possibly lacked healthy life skills before abusing drugs or alcohol. Or maybe your addiction made poor life skills worse. Another possibility is that your addiction destroyed any life skills you had before substance abuse began.
Regardless of the prior state of your daily living skills, as you start treatment and recovery, you have few to none of these healthy capabilities. Thus, you must learn and practice them. Otherwise, you face the inability to cope with life and may ultimately relapse after starting recovery.
Addiction destroyed many aspects of your life. Despite the selfishness and self-focus of substance abuse, you lost your ability to take good care of yourself. You stopped eating, cleaning, and even sleeping as you should. You also stopped interacting with others in positive ways, destroyed relationships, and broke communication.
Besides deficits in everyday living skills, you find yourself incapable of coping with your stress and emotions as you become sober. Having to face real-life head-on and manage your responsibilities overwhelms you unless you learn how to do so. Many people in early sobriety struggle even to meet simple obligations like arriving at appointments on time. All of these struggles and your need to maintain sobriety prove why you need life skills training programs.
Where You Learn Life Skills and Other Important Methods for Recovery
You learn life skills and how to stay sober at Promises Behavioral Health, through a mix of therapies and programs. These therapies and programs include:
- Medical detox and rehab treatment
- Dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and cognitive processing therapy
- EMDR therapy and anger management
- 12-step support groups
- Acupuncture, art, and equine-assisted therapy
- Family therapy and couples counseling
- Individualized treatment programs
You can have the life you want when you conquer your addiction. Take the first step to recovery by learning more about life skills training programs and other approaches by Promises Behavioral Health. Call Promises Behavioral Health now at 844.875.5609.