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You Need These Life Skills in Addiction Recovery

What Are Life Skills?, Life Skills in Addiction Recovery

Developing a strong way forward through addiction recovery means having all of the skills necessary to manage the ups and downs of life with success. Here’s the good news: No matter where you are right now, no matter how much your life skills have suffered in the last few years, there is always a way forward. Iron Bridge Recovery Center is right here to help you.

What Are Life Skills?

Life skills are critical tools that can help you to become the best version of yourself. UNICEF defines them a bit differently as core psychosocial competencies and interpersonal abilities that, when mastered, help people to make informed decisions more effectively. With life skills, you will be able to:

  • Communicate properly
  • Live a healthy lifestyle
  • Cope better with stress
  • Think both creatively and critically
  • Make informed decisions
  • Solve problems
  • Build better relationships
  • Empathize with other people

In addiction recovery treatment, a core component of our goal is to provide you with all of the tools and resources you need to be successful in life. Having these life skills can be very important to achieving that.

What Life Skills You Need in Recovery

A number of life skills are critically important during addiction recovery. When you work with our team, we’ll help you to better explore the specific skills that could impact your future. The following are some of the most important life skills.

Build a Healthy Routine

Having a healthy routine creates a daily foundation for success.  A routine helps you minimize the unpredictability of life that often puts a person at risk for negative thought patterns. A daily structure might include: 

  • Having a routine sleep schedule
  • Eating three healthy meals a day
  • Getting exercise each day
  • Managing your time

Ensure Self-Care

Another one of the critical steps you need to take to improve addiction recovery outcomes is to be able to focus on self-care. Self-care includes eating and sleeping well but can also involve the following: 

  • Recognizing anxious or sad feelings
  • Managing stress through exercise
  • Working to communicate pain, frustration, or concerns
  • Tuning into your emotional state, such as recognizing depression or anxiety
  • Learning how to make changes to your thought patterns to encourage better outcomes

Employment Coaching

Life skills also need to focus on your ability to get and maintain a job. Employment coaching is a part of the residential treatment care we can offer to you. Employment coaching means helping you to learn skills like communication and how to manage your time. It also goes further to include setting goals for your future, writing out a resume, and providing you with the strategies to do well in your next interview.

Building a Financial Plan

Success after addiction recovery must also focus on financial management. Many people in recovery are often faced with difficult financial situations. This is where financial planning support and guidance can become so important. It allows you to get more insight into how to save money, create a budget, and spend wisely. It may also incorporate strategies for using your income to save up for a car or home and learning how you can pay down your debt.

Stress Management Skills

One of the most common reasons relapse happens is because people lack the ability to manage stress in an effective and meaningful way. Yet, stress is a part of everyday life, whether it is at home, work, or in day-to-day activities. Our program is designed to teach you stress-reduction techniques, such as:

  • Recognizing the signs of stress
  • Determining what you can do at that moment to alleviate stress
  • Strategies for combating stress, such as exercise and communication
  • Learning how to ask for help
  • Having a plan in place to seek out mentor support when you need it

We cannot take away the stress you have, but we can provide you with a number of strategies for overcoming the impact stress will have on your life.

Let Our Professionals Help You Build Life Skills

At Iron Bridge Recovery Center in Chester, VA, we aim to provide you with the best possible way forward when you are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. That includes listening to what you are facing, creating a plan for healing your body and mind, and then building valuable skills that will help you to be more successful in the future. Learn more about how we can help you. Call our professionals 24/7 for support.

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