Life Skills Development

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Life Skills Development

Learning and Enhancing Life Skills in Drug Rehab

Life skills can be defined as the basic skills necessary for full participation in everyday life. These tools help with accomplishing goals and living up to our full potential. Learning life skills is a huge accomplishment that will greatly assist a recovering addict in life after treatment.

Addiction Weakens Life Skills

When seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction it is imperative that life skills development is part of the process. Addicts often to drugs or alcohol as their primary coping mechanism for dealing with stress, responsibilities or pain. Understanding that lives, both in addiction and in recovery, are filled with stress and learning healthy and constructive ways to handle real-life issues is imperative while seeking treatment. After years of abusing drugs and alcohol, quality of life has decreased and individuals often find themselves dependent on others for most of their needs.

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we implement life skills development and vocational services into all our levels of care to ensure that patients are prepared for life after treatment. We integrate life skills into individualized treatment plans as well as group therapy sessions, for each patient in addiction treatment.

What Types of Life Skills are Taught in our Drug Rehab?

Independent Living Skills – Individuals who have battled with addiction often struggle with activities of independent daily living. These activities can range from cooking, working, cleaning and routine grooming. During treatment, our clinical team will work on teaching and incorporating a variety of independent living skills such as maintaining a daily schedule, supporting personal hygiene, food preparation and nutrition skills.

Emotional Regulation – Emotional Regulation is about identifying, managing and responding to emotions in a way that allows individuals to use their emotions in a healthy capacity. This strategy incorporates fundamental tools from mindfulness which assists in understanding and being in tune with what you are feeling inside. Working on understanding emotion itself – sadness, anger, fear, or joy is a part of the process. While in treatment the clinical team will integrate various treatment modalities to assist with emotional regulation strategies to support the individual learning to be more in control of their behavior.

Vocational Development Services – While in treatment, your loved one will receive vocational development services. These skills are integrated into treatment programming to help the patient prepare for, secure and sustain employment. The major goals are to promote full integration into community life. Services provided include personalized case management, individual program plan, employability skills, resume building, interview skills, mock interview, email creation, basic technology tutoring and up to the obtainment of High School Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Social Skills

Many addicts and alcoholics have turned to drugs and alcohol as a means of dealing with most social interactions to overcome their anxiety or feel more “comfortable” in their own skin. These sorts of beliefs need to be re-framed and the individual needs to understand how these ideas about themselves are more harmful than beneficial. During inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment, our patients learn how to identify social connections that they can rely on for support and what social cues are triggers for a potential relapse. Through this process, the goal is to enable them to trust themselves more and to gain healthy relationships and self-confidence.

Medication Management

Being a dual diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment center, many of the patients that are under our care have some form of a mental health diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. There are certain psychotropic medications prescribed by the medical staff for these individuals for symptom management purposes. Many addicts struggle with medication compliance and taking their medications on time and accurately. Learning how to manage medications, in a safe and responsible way, is essential for a healthy and productive lifestyle. Mental health is extremely important and understanding medication compliance and safety is crucial for long-term sobriety and overall well-being. We provide the right environment for the patient to learn these skills while in addiction treatment.

How are Life Skills Taught in Rehab?

The first test of life skills that the addict encounters while in addiction treatment begins when they are placed in charge of taking care of themselves for the first time. This includes basic everyday skills such as doing their own laundry, taking care of their personal hygiene and presenting with a clean appearance, goal setting, cleaning their living space, and nutrition skills such as grocery shopping and food preparation. By interacting with peers in recovery, attending specialty groups and classes and working alongside our experienced clinical team comprised of licensed mental health specialists, addiction counselors and psychiatrists these skills are formulated and integrated into programming in both subtle and specialized formats. By learning new skills, we can increase our patient’s understanding of the community around them and prepare each to live a more fulfilling life. The goal should always be to find new and appropriate ways to cope with the challenges that lie ahead.

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