Life Skills Training is a form of treatment that teaches individuals how to be functional, independent, productive members of society with an improved quality of life. As part of life skills training, individuals learn about such things as forming and maintaining healthy relationships, how to address mental and physical health needs, creating a safe and stable living environment, finding and maintaining employment, learning or improving decision-making skills, and a variety of other basic life skills. The underlying objective of life skills therapy is to help individuals achieve a better quality of life so that they can avoid certain hardships and adversity, which are situations that often lead to relapse.
Why Life Skills Training is a Necessary Part of Recovery
Those individuals who have never suffered from a form of addiction or dependency often find it difficult to understand how one might lack life skills. However, over the course of active addiction, individuals essentially forget how to be sober, which entails a disregard for many of the essential skills that are an important part of adulthood. In particular, this can refer to setting and striving for goals, managing time, organizing one’s living environment, being aware of one’s thought processes and attitudes, and developing a healthy daily routine. Moreover, life skills training helps to prepare individuals for their return to the community, which will mean having much less daily structure and supervision; in other words, individuals must take it upon themselves to care for themselves and ensure that their needs are met.
Another important component of life skills training is that it helps individuals in recovery to identify and utilize helpful resources to which they might not have known they had access. For individuals who are creatively inclined, this might mean learning to channel one’s stress or anxiety into creative or artistic forms of expression, or perhaps finding ways to monetize one’s skills in order to become more financially independent and stable. Individuals who suffer from a dual diagnosis will find life skills training to be especially beneficial since it helps them to learn how to incorporate consideration for their particular needs into one’s daily routine, which can include management of medications and ensuring that each individual is able to attend their therapy sessions or other treatments.
Life Skills Training as a Crucial Relapse Prevention Tool
While participating in life skills training, individuals are essentially fortifying their sobriety by learning a variet of useful tools that will improve the quality of life and, therefore, minimize their chances of relapse. Additionally, life skills training is a helpful tool for building confidence, allowing individuals to reaffirm their conviction in the path of continued sobriety. And since stress and emotion are two of the most common reasons why people relapse, life skills training arms individuals will ways in which to avert the potential threat of stressful or emotional experiences by teaching recovering addicts ways to cope without resorting to substance abuse. In other words, life skills training prepares individuals for those instances that may put their sobriety in jeopardy.
At Spark of Hope, our goal is to teach valuable life skills that will remain with our clients long after they leave treatment. We focus on organization, social interactions, finances, and more. Each client is given a mentor to help guide them through their new journey in sobriety. Our therapists also teach specific life skills strategies including help with relationships, family dynamics, and more. Our life skills training consists of:
- Help shopping for groceries and personal items
- Help setting a budget and balancing finances
- Help with organization, cleanliness, and personal hygiene
- Meal planning and nutritional counseling
- Embrace a healthy and fitness oriented lifestyle
- Assess areas of personal strengths and weaknesses
If you or someone you love is struggling with issues of addiction, please call Spark of Hope at 1-844-398-9204 for a confidential and cost-free consultation.