Life Skills Therapy

Many people with severe addictions have become so obsessed with feeding their addictions that they have neglected many everyday responsibilities. When this neglect becomes chronic, it can result addicts forgetting how to properly take care of themselves and their dependents. That is why life skills therapy can be so critical to help those in recovery to rebuild their lives after treatment.

Preparing for Success in Recovery Beyond Just Sobriety

At Unity Behavioral Health, our addiction treatment programs condition patients for reentering the real world following rehab. By teaching our patients how to make better life decisions and reinforcing this behavior through various exercises, they are better able to maintain long-term sobriety.

If you can’t handle everyday adult responsibilities…then you aren’t likely to be successful in recovery either.

Success in rehab is not only about becoming sober, it’s also about learning how to live sober. While many addiction recovery facilities focus solely on detox and abstinence, we at Unity Behavioral Health take a more in-depth and practical approach to recovery. If you can’t handle everyday adult responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, shopping, planning, budgeting and job-hunting, then you aren’t likely to be successful in recovery either. An inability to be a high-functioning adult may lead recovered substance abusers to a premature relapse.

Overcoming Real-Life Barriers to Recovery

Inpatient addiction rehab removes distractions, reduces stress and eliminates contact with alcohol and illicit drugs. While this is an ideal setting for rehab, it does not, by itself, prepare patients for the realities of recovery. There are countless challenges in everyday life, and it is essential that an addiction care facility offers life skills therapy to help patients overcome these inevitabilities.

Patients need help in three main areas:

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Personal Skills

Patients need to remember how to take care of themselves again. This includes basic tasks like doing laundry, grocery shopping, budgeting, proper hygiene and cooking nutritious meals.

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Professional Skills

In some situations, a person with an addiction has not only lost his or her job, but has lost some employability as well. Life skills therapy helps patients with creating winning resumes, job hunting, computer skills, time management, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking.

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Social Skills

Prolonged substance abuse especially damages a person’s social skills because drugs and alcohol begin to act as crutches for people with addictions. They feel unable to interact with people, handle stress or feel relaxed and happy without abusing drugs or alcohol. Life skills training will help them build self-esteem, improve stress management, regulate emotions and resolve conflicts without the aid of drugs or alcohol.

When an addiction develops past a certain point, getting the next fix is all a person can think about. He will begin to rely on his substance of choice in many situations and ignore other duties to the point that his life skills begin to erode. Many people with addictions enter rehab not only unable to cease substance abuse, but also unable to function on the most basic of adult levels.

How do I prepare for success in recovery?

Committing to a long-term recovery is tough but making it work is even tougher. Don't attempt recovery without the skills you need to succeed. Unity Behavioral Health can help.

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Life Skills Therapy Can Prevent Addiction Relapse

photo of a man with his arms in the air after completing a hike as the sun sets, representing the feeling of accomplishment that life skills therapy can createWhen a person successfully completes addiction rehab, the natural feeling is one of accomplishment. While there certainly is reason to feel good about yourself following treatment, the real work of recovery is just getting started at this point. People in recovery struggle with boredom, frustration, anger, isolation and anxiety. Life skills training can help patients understand how to navigate these feelings without the use of drugs or alcohol, reducing the likelihood of a relapse.

Additionally, life skills, like maintaining proper nutrition and hygiene, give patients back their senses of dignity and make it more likely that they will want to keep taking care of themselves. When addiction rehab focuses solely on the addiction and not all of the things the addiction impacts, patients are put at an extreme disadvantage when they reenter their everyday worlds.

Learn to Live Sober and Healthy

At Unity Behavioral Health, clients will be given weekly budgets to shop at the local grocery store. We also teach resume building classes as well as interviewing techniques and skills to help patients thrive professionally following treatment. An outside professional is brought in to conduct group classes based upon strengthening individuals’ abilities to be hired in the workforce once they successfully complete treatment.

Managing money and budgeting are important responsibilities that are reinforced at our facility on a daily basis.

In addition, our life skills therapy will teach patients that they don’t need alcohol or drugs as a crutch to aid with mental distress or in social situations. These misconceptions have been created after years of incessant substance abuse and need to be deconstructed during treatment. Once these misconceptions are broken, patients are then empowered to make better decisions in their everyday lives and find healthier and safer ways to manage the inevitable stresses of life.

Our mission at Unity Behavioral Health is to provide an atmosphere in which patients can learn how to live life clean and sober. We not only prepare patients to cease substance abuse, but we also prepare them for the challenges of long-term abstinence. We invite you to learn more about all of our programs at Unity Behavioral Health by contacting us today at 561-812-5500.