When we think of traditional therapy, we think of services like group therapy, detox, and holistic treatments. Less commonly known, life skills therapy, is now booming in the industry. The ideas behind it are pretty cut and dry, and more and more people are incorporating life skills therapy and finding the benefits to be quite impressive.
Basics Of Life Skills Therapy
Life skills therapy is incorporated into treatment programs to help addicts achieve sobriety through rethinking day to day tasks without the use of alcohol or drugs. Basically, it teaches a person how to conduct everyday tasks and maintain essential skills such as; cooking, cleaning, supporting themselves financially, exercising, finding and growing a career, interpersonal and communication abilities, and appropriate behavior practices.
The type of skills worked on vary on the individual needs of the recovering addict and can be practiced in either solitary or group settings. If someone feels confident in their ability to cook healthy and work out-they won’t practice that. But maybe they need help on their behavior and how that translates into a successful career. Life skills therapy will be modified to fit someone’s exact needs with the intention of going beyond drug rehab, and creating a total life improvement.
How Specialist Determine Your Program
It can be easy to think you know what you’re good at and what you need help with, but in most cases, an outsider’s perspective (both unbiased and professional) will go a long way. Working with a trained life skills therapist- individuals will talk about their lives, habits, and routines, how drug use influenced them, and come together to create personalized therapy plan.
Addiction changes every aspect of a person, from the way they interact with people to how they spend their time. Often times they don’t even realize they’ve changed until they start their sober journey. They may find they are mal-nourished from prioritizing drug use overeating. In this case, specialists will work with their patients to inform them of how to best nourish their bodies, take them grocery shopping, and teach them cooking skills.
This concept follows for all aspects of life that need a little re-vamping. The first step of the process is to identify the area’s and no, this isn’t a judgment zone. Everyone has areas in their lives that need improving- but for addicts, ensuring stability and health in all aspects of life helps reduce stress and limit triggers that could lead to relapse.
Benefits of Life Therapy
- Rejuvenates the mind and to refocus on recovery – addiction often takes over the entirety of a person’s life leading them to become accustomed to unhealthy practices. Relearning basic skills and practices without the presence of drugs enforces a strong foundation, a sense of pride, and a long-lasting recovery.
- Provides financial stability – Addiction is often a very expensive habit. Over the course of addiction, most people stop supporting any other aspect of their lives financially. Life skills therapy teaches individuals how to budget money and save more person in regaining the financial stability they need to maintain an independent lifestyle.
- Nurses them back to good health – Malnutrition is just one of the health problems caused by addiction. Many substances heavily impact the lungs, heart, liver, and other parts of a person’s body. The skills of life therapy will enable total mind and body health, and can even improve health problems that were present before addiction.
- Teaches effective socialization techniques – Drug and alcohol use can serve as a social tool and those who suffer from addiction may struggle to socialize without these substances. Life skills therapy helps expose and work through sober communication in a positive way. Individuals can master the socialization skills that will help them build stronger support groups and healthier relationships in their sober lives.
Beyond Basic Skills
Although the idea behind life skills therapy is to master the art of daily living, these smaller skillsets will translate strongly into more complex areas of life. Once patients learn independence and confidence in these areas, other aspects that are likely to improve include:
- Resolving Family and Marital Issues
- Maintaining Positive Recovery and Life goals
- General Coping Skills
- Anger Management
- Improved Body Image
- Higher Career Success Rates
- Decrease Substance Cravings and Triggers
Incorporate Life Skills Into your Program
Studies have shown life skills therapy to be one of the leading successors in addiction treatment. Restructuring and remastering the art of life is the foundation to anyone’s wellbeing. From your social life to your mental health, to your ability to handle the tough stuff life skills therapy ensures you’re ready for anything. To find out more about our life skills therapy Program, call us today and speak to one of our specialists.