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Benefits of Life Skills Training

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Building a new normal for yourself without the crutch of drugs or alcohol requires learning life strategies and coping skills that you can use long after you leave rehab. From eating healthy to managing your free time to finding employment,  life skills are essential for sustaining your sobriety and enhancing your quality of life.

While different facilities offer different life skills programming, some of the things you can expect to learn include:
  • Job search and career development
  • Stress management
  • Health and fitness
  • Emotional and behavioral control
  • Social skills
  • Personal development

6 Must-Learn Life Skills for Sobriety

Here’s a closer look at some essential life skills to learn during recovery – and how they can benefit your health and long-term sobriety:

  1. Routines: The right routine can provide structure and familiarity to your day and make use of your downtime in a healthy way. Do your best to prioritize your daily tasks and don’t take on too much, too fast. Keep your routine simple and revolve it around the activities and tasks that will strengthen your recovery.
  2. Self-care: A great deal of time goes into using drugs and alcohol. So much so, that you likely need to relearn simple self-care acts like proper grooming and hygiene, establishing a sleep routine, healthy eating, exercise and making time for sober hobbies. Now that the focus is on living healthy in life after addiction, more time should be spent on looking and feeling your best.
  3. Nutrition: Chronic drug and/or alcohol use robs the body of the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Eating the right foods during recovery can help repair this damage and ensure that your organs and tissues work properly. It can also help keep you physically and mentally strong. This is why it’s essential to learn how to avoid or limit processed foods and stick with a well-balanced diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and lean proteins.
  4. Job skills: Financial well-being is an important part of lasting sobriety. As part of your life skills training, you may learn how to write a resume, conduct a job interview, dress for the workplace, manage on-the-job stress and more. 
  5. Stress management: Learning to recognize and manage stress is a critical skill for people in recovery. This includes finding ways to relax and alleviate stress without the crutch of drugs and alcohol. Unmanaged, chronic stress can lead to anger, anxiety, hunger, fatigue, loneliness – which are all know triggers for relapse.
  6. Social skills: An essential life skill is saying what is meant and meaning what is said. Clear communication skills are important for building and maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends, recovery peers, coworkers and employers. Learning to communicate properly will also help you to maintain healthy boundaries and better manage your emotions.

The Haven’s Life Skills Program

Our life skills program can help you create a clear vision of the drug- and alcohol-free life you'd like to see for yourself. You’ll receive support to take the necessary steps to stay grounded as you move forward in your new sober life. Consider us your safety net as you establish healthy patterns and habits for sustained sobriety. To learn more, call today: 805-202-3440.