Life Skills

Addiction doesn’t just affect your personal relationships, work, and family, but it can also make it difficult to do the regular maintenance of daily living. For some people who grew up in dysfunctional or addicted homes, they might not have been taught the necessary skills to set them up for success. Whether you’re recovering from addiction or were never taught the basics, learning life skills in addiction recovery will support your sobriety efforts and lay the foundation for a successful and happy life.

What Are Life Skills?

Life skills are the basic skills that sustain us in living a healthy and successful life. Managing time, money and relationships can be difficult if these vital skills were not practiced growing up. These skills help inform solutions when things go wrong. They also help prevent certain kinds of issues from happening in the first place.

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At ARM Dallas we believe the opportunity to gain experience practicing these important life skills is a huge accomplishment in recovery. Preparing for a healthy future will include learning these principal factors:

  • Practicing self care
  • Developing healthy habits, such as healthful eating and regular exercise
  • Time management skills
  • Education and job transition support
  • Financial management
  • Social skills
  • Managing stress, triggers, and emotions
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • Conflict management and negotiation skills

Improving the quality of life is the main goal in recovery. Learning valuable life skills is an important part of this process. The more time spent in treatment allows for more time in developing the needed tools to live a happy and successful life over a larger scope of directions and stay away from chances to relapse. 

Practicing Self Care

Learning how to take care of oneself through healthy personal hygiene, a clean and organized living environment and participating in enjoyable activities conducive to relaxation and restfulness. Exercise is always a key factor in taking care of your physical and emotional health; finding an enjoyable form of exercise can be beneficial. It’s worth understanding that setting yourself up for success by creating a manageable lifestyle that avoids a stressful and negative environment takes practice. 

Developing Healthy Habits

Development of healthy eating behaviors can be a fun and challenging journey. From learning how to cook, experimenting with new food groups and finding unique and foreign recipes; being kind to your body and mind and listening to what responses you receive from your food choices is important. When you eat healthy, you feel healthy. Regular exercise is a wonderful way to create helpful endorphins and strengthen your mind and body. Regular sleep hours give you a sense of stability and daytime awareness as well as allowing your brain to rejuvenate itself during sleep. These three major factors of diet, sleep and exercise are major factors in avoiding relapse. 

Time Management

The struggle is real where time management skills are concerned. Using a daily journal or calendar can help organize the time spent during your day to avoid boredom and isolation which are triggers to relapse. Reporting to work fifteen minutes early relieves what could be a stressful situation in arriving late to weather the consequences. School, doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions and meetings with friends all organized in a timely manner to allow responsibility and being on time to avoid conflicts. 

Developing a Routine

Humans seems to thrive on routines. Waking up at the same time, eating the same healthy breakfast, enjoying a leisurely walk at lunch and dinner, then bed at same times every day is a positive accomplishment and reduces anxiety and stress. Planning changes now and then is also healthy, but routines help our minds and bodies. 

Education and Job Transition Support

This key point could be an obstacle without any training while in treatment. Individuals who have spent time in substance abuse may have missed opportunities to obtain vital educational skills that are required in a job search. Finding a job, you would like to work, but not having the opportunity because of legal issues, or lack of a driver’s license, or experience can cause anxiety and stress. Learning what to do to solve these problems before you leave treatment is vital. Discussing and making plans to re-enter the workforce while in recovery makes sense. Know your options and your therapists and life skills coaches can help you make positive choices for the future. 

Financial Management

Learning how to manage money is key to reducing stress in your life and minimizing stress, which will help reduce the risk of relapse. By learning how to budget, you are saving yourself from a great deal of long-term stress. Setting aside money for your responsibilities, learning to design a budget, and trying to stay out of debt can be learned in life skills while in treatment. Setting yourself up for success financially will be a major step to being successful after treatment. 

Managing Emotions – Conflict Management – Negotiation Skills

Communication is key in managing these three life skills. Learning early on in treatment how to communicate with a therapist can be the first step in battling old habits. Habits that you may have used, but were harmful, like using drugs or alcohol, can be replaced with new, helpful habits that will help the transition into sober living. Beginning early on in treatment ARM Dallas will encourage and lead in open communication skills to venture into emotions and feelings that were buried. 

How Life Skills Help Avoid Relapse 

Building a solid foundation with what you have learned in treatment can set you up for success. Taking pride in your accomplishments will encourage a healthy sense of self. Avoiding relapse is much easier when you have the necessary skills to support you. 

There will be times when cravings, traumatizing situations and temptations come to your front door in your newly formed life after treatment. Leaning on the life skills learned in treatment will not only make your recovery successful, but will help you build a life that you will be proud of.

Learn Life Skills In Dallas, TX 

ARM Dallas offers those struggling with substance abuse a safe place to heal and learn the life skills needed to be healthy, recover and enjoy a successful new life. For more information about our treatment options, or to speak confidentially with an intake specialist, call us at 214-943-5010 or contact us today. 

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