Learning life skills is a crucial part of the recovery process. Treatment centers that are focused on long-term recovery from substance abuse incorporate life skills in their programs because people in recovery will be navigating the real world without being dependent on a substance, perhaps for the first time in many years. Continued sobriety requires a strong support system, resilience, and the ability to make good choices. This can feel intimidating after spending time in the healing bubble of a treatment center, which is why people in recovery require proper training and preparation to make the transition back to everyday life.
Relapse Prevention For Lifelong Success
Many people recovering from addiction relapse – not because they don’t want to stay sober, but because they often lack the skills and support that allow them to be successful. Relapse prevention is about tending to the unique needs of the individual and creating a plan that will give them the best opportunity to succeed. Physical relapse is always preceded by an emotional or mental relapse. Depression, stress, or loneliness can all trigger a relapse, which is why people with a history of addiction require substantial emotional support and excellent self-care. Ongoing therapy, support groups, yoga, and healthy relationships, for example, can help contribute to long-term recovery.
Communication Skills For Improved Relationships
Life is about relationships, and everyone can benefit from learning how to communicate with greater clarity, empathy, and professionalism. One of the most damaging parts of addiction is the breakdown of relationships and communication, which is why treatment programs focus on healing relationship dynamics using different therapeutic approaches. Although everyone has areas that they can improve in, better communication skills can help people in recovery align with the lives they would like to lead – which can look like greater success at work, positive interactions with people in everyday situations, and smoother friendships and romantic relationships.
Health & Wellness
Looking after one’s physical and mental health is an essential part of long-term recovery. This can look like attending regular psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy or counseling sessions and going to 12-step programs. Physical health can be maintained and improved with regular exercise, proper nutrition, quality sleep, somatic therapy, and other healing modalities that keep you functioning at your best. People in recovery have often just begun processing the trauma that triggered their addiction and can benefit from continued therapeutic support as they navigate life outside of a treatment program.
Budgeting, Saving, & Planning
Financial wellbeing is another important aspect of recovery. Being able to manage your finances is a crucial life skill that can alleviate a great deal of stress, chaos, and suffering. Long-term recovery requires a mature approach to finances, which means being responsible and practical about savings, budgeting, and long-term goals. Financially successful people can also benefit from learning these life skills, as having a clear understanding of your finances creates peace of mind and can help you plan for the future. A successful recovery is not complete without financial well-being, which provides a stable foundation for people to grow, learn, and rebuild.
Learning how to write a resume can make all the difference when it comes to finding a new job or career. Even if you are already employed, knowing how to present your skills and experience in an ever-evolving world can impart confidence and the ability to connect with better opportunities.
How We Can Help You
At The Nestled, we have a unique, holistic approach to treatment and recovery from alcohol abuse and other substance use disorders. You can expect to receive professional, trauma-informed care in our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility while learning how to incorporate mindfulness into your healing journey. Using the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, we consider the entire person: mind, body, and spirit, creating tailored treatment plans with a range of psychotherapies and experiential therapies to choose from. If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol use disorder, contact us today.