Life Skills and Addiction Recovery
During their stay in treatment, clients are generally expected to fulfill basic daily responsibilities such as making the bed, maintaining proper hygiene, taking prescribed medication and maintaining social relationships with other clients. However, there are many other important life skills that must be learned. For instance, many addicts and alcoholics struggle with issues such as job security and financial stability. In order to lead the best possible life in recovery, many will require assistance in learning basic skills such as balancing a budget or answering questions in a job interview. Providing clients with basic life skills education helps them tackle these issues once they leave treatment.
Building a Sense of Motivation
Without a proper sense of motivation, life skills training would prove fruitless. Clients can only benefit from education if they feel inspired to go out and use what they have learned. This is where motivationally-focused groups come into play. Rather than simply lecture clients about the importance of these skills, group facilitators will actually engage them in the conversation. By learning more about the type of jobs they want and their reasons for needing to develop financial stability, facilitators can tailor their groups in a fashion that speaks to the clients’ wants and needs. Not only does this motivate clients to take their life skills education seriously, it also drives home the need to stay sober if they are to achieve the life they want for themselves.
The Value of Positive Reinforcement
Feedback is a big part of life skills education. If a client is asked to fill out a mock job application or balance an imaginary budget, they need to know how well they did. Furthermore, they need to feel like they aren’t being asked to give up their individuality. One person’s resume or weekly budget might look quite different from that of another, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong. It might simply be that they are trying to achieve a slightly different lifestyle.
For this reason, life skills education at our facilities is like all of our programs in that each client receives a uniquely tailored approach. As long as the life that the client wants is achievable, they deserve to know that their dreams are worth pursuing. Through individualized feedback and positive reinforcement, we try to help them picture the kind of life they would like to achieve in sobriety. Then, we try to provide them with the tools to make it happen.