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Life Skills Development & Community Integration Program
Addiction recovery is about more than just resisting the urge to drink or play slot machines at the casino. It is about treating the whole mind and body, and helping people to prepare to reenter their lives once their addiction treatment plan is complete. While it can be overwhelming to enter an addiction recovery program, it can be even more overwhelming to think about going back into society once the treatment plan has ended. Part of our treatment plan at Resurgence Behavioral Health is to help our clients prepare for that re-entry and to make a plan to learn the skills they need to help them be successful clean and sober.
The life skills we take for granted every day can be challenging for an addict to embrace and practice. These are core competencies such as hygiene and keeping a house or room clean because when someone is struggling with addiction, those things become less important to them as their addiction worsens. Part of recovery is being able to take care of oneself after treatment. There are several areas of life skills that are focused on as part of our treatment programs. These include job searching, finding a place to live, how to prepare and cook healthy meals, how to interact with others, and more. These are detailed below.
Day-to-Day Routines are Important
When you are an addict, your life can pass you by without even realizing it. Because many addicts live in a constant state of euphoria or have a fog about them, they are not familiar with what they should be doing on a regular basis. When their ability to care about these things goes away, so does their confidence in their ability to actually do them. It is an important part of recovery to help people gain the confidence they need to establish and follow a day-to-day routine for themselves that includes waking up at an appropriate time, ensuring they are attending their recovery meetings, making sure they show up for work on time and ensuring they are getting a nutritious meal plan for themselves. What’s more, it is important that recovering addicts get plenty of restful sleep and go to bed on time each night. All of these approaches can help a person be more successful at maintaining their sobriety.
Developing a healthy “routine” is the most essential life skill for a recovering addict. Treatment centers put recovering addicts in activities that help them adhere to a daily schedule during their treatment such as attending meetings, therapy, meals and leisure time. A typical schedule involves waking up the same time every day and going to bed at a set bedtime. The course of the day is set according to a set schedule. Routines are important in helping a recovering addict to live a healthy, sober lifestyle. A healthy routine helps a recovering addict to stay grounded and resist the urge to go back to old ways.
Learning to Manage Money
Managing money can be a scary concept for an addict, especially if they are at risk of relapse. In the past, they might have spent all of their money on drugs or gambling; but when they enter recovery treatment, they need to learn to trust themselves with their money and learn to live within their means. It is important to understand that paying bills on time, using money responsibly and learning to save for a rainy day can help with recovery and success as well.
While it seems difficult to imagine going days without washing, addicts don’t often have the ability to be in tune with their bodies or with what their body needs. This results in people forgetting or even ignoring the need to wash their body. It can be difficult for an addict to admit they need help to learn to wash themselves, but it is part of the process, and the staff at Resurgence Behavioral Health is here to help.
Taking Responsibility for Personal Space and Homes
During treatment, recovering addicts are required to keep their living space clean. As part of their treatment plan, they will be shown how to clean their rooms and organize their belongings; and this is expected to carry over into their transition back into their homes as well. If a person has come to treatment in a state of homelessness, they will be provided a case manager who can help them find access to housing. The same expectation will apply to them and their living space. It is all part of the recovery process, and it is essential that people know how to take care of themselves and their things. Studies have shown that when people take pride in their appearance and their belongings, they are less likely to relapse in their recovery.
As part of taking care of their personal space, recovering addicts will also learn how to do laundry, wash dishes, and clean floors. They will also learn how to organize their own space in a way that doesn’t cause them to be triggered into addiction again.
As part of the recovery process, people who enter into treatment will be given their medications by medical personnel; but when they transition from inpatient or outpatient care, they will need to learn to manage their own medication regimes and ensure they are following up on refill needs, regular doses and more.
Communication and Social Skills
It can be difficult for a recovering addict to integrate back into society. Some addicts suffer from rage or anger issues, depression, anxiety and mood disorders as a result of their addictions. It is important to the recovery process that people learn to manage their emotions, control their anger, and deal with social situations appropriately. People will learn to become more self-aware, develop good communication skills, and learn to engage with other people in conversation, and ask for help if they need it.
As part of this training, people will also learn how to perform basic computer skills, compose emails and learn the appropriate way to interact online with other people. This will be important for individuals who suffer from online addiction, especially. They need to learn to use the internet in an appropriate way that won’t trigger their addictions.
Conflict resolution will also be necessary for recovering addicts to learn as part of their treatment program. When a person is in recovery, they will feel irritable and suffer from mood irregularities, and this can cause many disputes in the life of a recovering addict. Learning to manage emotions, and talk through issues with other people will be vital to their success.
Dealing with Stress
Recovery can be a stressful process, but when an addict is in a treatment facility, like Resurgence, they have access to people who can help them immediately deal with their issues. When recovering addicts make their way back out into society, they can become overwhelmed by having to do everything for themselves, deal with their addiction, and manage their stress. There are a number of tactics and strategies that are taught as part of stress management for recovery programs at Resurgence. The burden of recovery is enough to cause an addict to relapse, so having enough skills to deal with that is helpful in the success of their recovery.
Recovering addicts must learn to do a lot of things over again. It is nothing to be ashamed of. It is part of the recovery process, and millions of people have to go through this part of the process. The helpful and understanding staff at Resurgence Behavioral Health Recovery Center can help you rediscover your abilities and self-confidence so you can get back to life as soon as possible. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, reach out to us today to talk about your treatment options and find out how we can help you learn to take care of yourself so you can live a long and happy life.
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