Life Skills Education in Drug & Alcohol Rehab
Life skills education is a vital part of alcohol and drug rehab. Clients who have been living a life in active addiction have had their lives interrupted by drugs and alcohol and missed out on natural skill building. For this reason, we offer assistance with resume writing, job search assistance and coaching. In fact, we teach clients skills to help them get back on track after being interrupted by active addiction. Being busy in early addiction recovery is critical, and being organized will give you confidence to find the success you deserve.
Life skills help encourage:
- Healthful coping strategies
- Proper time management
- Positive relationships
Life Skills for Your Daily Routine
Most people in active addiction endure their days in a fog, concerned only with getting high, finding the next high, and obtaining the money to fund their drugs. They lose touch with how to handle basic, daily responsibilities and lose interest in doing so. Managing a personal budget or being able to cook simple meals can feel challenging. This is particularly true when an individual has been estranged from familial support for a protracted period. In other words, many tasks that are seemingly routine can be difficult skills for those suffering from addiction. This is especially true for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.
Create a Daily Schedule to Stay on track
Creating a daily schedule is one of the most important life skills for a recovering addict. That's why BriteLife set out to keep clients busy by developing diverse activities that follow a daily regimen. Activities include work, school, 12-step meetings, therapy, meals and exercise. That's a lot of stuff that will fill your days. A regular schedule entails waking up at the same time each morning and going to bed in the same fashion. This recurring structure helps recovering addicts stay grounded, while giving them a sense of comfort, in contrast to their time in active addiction that is typically chaotic.
BriteLife offers the following levels of care that constitute different schedules and program intensity:
Managing Medication Properly
Many clients struggle with mental health conditions that require medicine. A person who has co-occurring mental health issues is one who is coping with additional challenges beyond drug and alcohol addiction. At BriteLife, mental health problems are swiftly addressed along with their substance use disorder (SUD). These two problems are frequently interconnected. For example, many people self-medicate to mask the pain from their mental health symptoms. Learning how to manage medication safely and responsibly is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Medication management is just as important to addiction recovery as it is to the mental stability.
Communication / Interpersonal Skills
Most people suffering substance use disorder (SUD) have tendencies to be self-absorbed and isolate themselves. Re-discovering how to interact with others is essential but often challenging. At the same time, effective recovery normally requires creating a new social circle. Some key social skills include:
- Maintaining even emotions
- Becoming self-aware
- Participating in conversation
- Trying new things
A recovering addict must re-learn how to operate in the world. BriteLife rehab programs provide a protective, supportive environment, but will also challenge clients to be better. In this way, participants can focus on acquiring these vital skills before returning to their community.