People who are recovering from mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, stress disorders, and trauma often lack self-esteem and feel that they have lost their “voice.” They may have become so accustomed to living in a prolonged state of pain or fear or numbing themselves with drugs and alcohol to avoid feeling anything that they’re reluctant and unsure of how to approach life following rehab. Social advocacy skills training through addiction treatment center programs, clients learn to gain confidence and to speak up for themselves when necessary.

Acquiring Self-Advocacy Skills

woman looking out window in need of social advocacy skills trainingWith a lack of self-esteem or self-confidence, or being afraid to speak up or speak out for themselves, clients often find that they can benefit from participation in the self-advocacy skills training offered at Promises Treatment Centers.

Self-advocacy is the ability to effectively convey or communicate an individual’s needs, desires, interests, and rights. The self-advocacy skills training at Promises Treatment Centers gently walks clients through transitioning from feelings of helplessness to a place of self-understanding, knowledge of rights, assertive communication, and effective listening. Clients also learn how to effectively negotiate and compromise with others.

Benefits of Self-Advocacy Skills

Among the areas that clients commonly need help with are often the skills included in Promises Treatment Centers self-advocacy groups. These include:

  • Developing an awareness of strengths, interests, preferences, and limitations
  • Learning how to differentiate between wants and needs
  • Learning how to create, set and work toward goals
  • Developing the ability to make choices based on wants, needs, interests, and preferences
  • Learning how to self-regulate behavior
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Developing a sense of pride
  • Discovering one’s own creativity
  • Learning how to assume responsibility for decisions and actions
  • Developing the ability to communicate effectively through persuasion, negotiation, and compromise
  • Working toward a goal of independence while still being fully cognizant of how interdependent people are
  • Developing the ability to consider multiple courses of action and learning how to anticipate the various outcomes or consequences as a result of such action
  • Learning and practicing problem-solving skills
  • Developing the ability to review past decisions based on their outcomes and make current and future decisions accordingly
  • Developing persistence

Through these benefits, clients will be able to embrace their new life free of substance abuse. They will learn how to function and thrive without the need to rely on substances to make it through.

Social Advocacy Skills Training at Promises Treatment Centers

Other ways that social advocacy skills training at Promises Treatment Centers helps foster clients’ sense of themselves and their abilities include role-playing, learning how to problem-solve, building or rebuilding self-esteem, and encouraging positivity and a belief in self. Our team creates custom treatment plans that often include social advocacy skills training to help our clients achieve their recovery goals. Contact Promises Treatment Centers at 1.713.528.3709 today to enroll!