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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Life Skills in Long-Term Recovery

Life Skills
Addiction recovery is multifaceted; healing from an alcohol or substance use disorder depends on more than abstinence. While each person's story is a little different, years of chemical dependency leave most people without specific life skills. Part of the recovery process is learning or relearning how to function in the world.

When a person is in the grips of addiction, they have a singular focus: doing whatever it takes to fuel the fires of their disease. It's quite common for men and women to lose nearly everything before coming to terms with the fact that they need help.

Addiction cuts people off from society and hinders their ability to relate with others, hold down employment, and be a productive member of a community. By the time one enters treatment, they are hardly capable of managing even the simplest of tasks.

Achieving long-term recovery hinges on learning how to reconnect and interact with society. You must discover methods of managing stress in healthy ways to avoid relapse. What's more, it's necessary to hone your social skills because personal recovery is a collaborative effort. Nobody achieves lasting sobriety on their own.

Learning How to Lead a Life in Recovery


In treatment, clients learn about the value of establishing a routine. While each day presents new challenges, those who adhere to a schedule are better able to meet obstacles as they arise. At The Haven, we provide our clients with structure and routine, which reintroduces balance to their life, all of which proves to be invaluable for them after treatment.

Attending a meeting of recovery, working with a sponsor, and searching for opportunities to be of service every day is an example of a recovery routine. However, it's essential to also engage in positive activities on a daily basis outside the rooms of recovery.

A significant component of recovery is establishing new traditions; examples of these can include regular exercise and healthy eating. A healthy body strengthens the mind, which mitigates the risk of slipping back into old behaviors in turn. When you stick to a routine and prioritize positive activities, it reduces cravings and makes you less susceptible to triggers.

Fostering life skills is essential and enables you to continue making progress in recovery. After treatment, the vast majority of men and women will be seeking gainful employment. Having an understanding of the importance of punctuality, accountability, and responsibility will aid you in being effective in working a program of recovery and in the workplace.

You position yourself for success when you apply what you learn in treatment to your program of recovery, and then apply the principles of sobriety to your day to day life. Addiction recovery requires a paradigm shift in thinking and behavior, but the power to make such a change resides in everyone.

Addiction Recovery Life Skills Training Program


The Haven at Pismo gives men and women the tools to succeed inside the rooms of recovery and out. To that end, we offer a program that helps clients develop balance in their life. Our life enhancement skills team facilitates stress management and wellness group workshops, social skills development coaching, and classes on discovering personal strengths.

The Haven's Life Skills programming can help you or a loved one take the necessary steps for leading a thriving life in recovery. Please contact us at any time to learn more about our programs and services. We are standing by to provide you with the skills to renew to your best today.