One of the key elements to a successful recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is life skills training. As a person spirals deeper into the tunnel of addiction, all other aspects of life eventually take a backseat to the continuation of using.
While some people can maintain the basic functions of life for an extended period of time, the illusion of having everything under control eventually dissipates. At which point, the hard truth of how off balance one’s equilibrium has become, shutters sharply into focus.
Life Skills Training for Adults
Life skills training teaches individuals how to deal with life challenges in a constructive and positive way. A person who is a “high-functioning” addict, meaning they are able to maintain a semblance of a life while using or even, in some cases, believe the substance allows them to be more efficient, might view themselves as having superior skills. How else could they run a company or manage a team of entrepreneurs while taking shots from a flask of vodka hidden in their desk drawer?
However, there is a similarity between the addict who finds himself in the gutter and the addict who finds himself nonetheless “succeeding”: both are using a substance in order to deal with aspects of psychological, emotional, and/or social circumstances to their own detriment. In order to remedy this dissonance, learning nonchemical, positive, and effective coping mechanisms is critical toward total well-being.
Just because a method works, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Addicts are masters of manipulation. They’ve learned how to dodge obstacles like characters from the Matrix. While these methods may work, they are inadequate in establishing a healthy life and forming healthy bonds.
What to Expect
Common life skills training includes a lesson in developing:
- Routines of better health and hygiene
- Medication management
- Interpersonal skills
- Social skills
- Emotional management
It can be very difficult for a high-functioning addict to recognize his need for help. The first step is finding a program tailored to his specific needs.
While not always the case, mental illness, and chemical dependency often run in tandem. Regardless of which came first, diagnosing and treating all underlying conditions has been observed as one of the best routes toward long-term recovery.
Finding a treatment center capable of dual diagnosis treatment can offer many advantages in ensuring that you or a family member receives the best chance at a total recovery. Adequate treatment goes beyond just quitting a substance. If the root of the problem is left behind, the chance of relapse increases.
In addition to offering dual diagnosis treatment, First Step Center of sunny Arizona also specializes in dual diagnosis treatment and trauma-informed care. With a small clientele base, First Step Center’s all-male residential treatment facility is designed to create custom treatment plans for each client in order to meet individual needs.
First Step Center also offers:
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Fitness therapy program
- Outpatient Program
Today is the best day to start your recovery and begin life skills training. Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. First Step Center commits to your total recovery and ready to help you learn the skills you need to reclaim your life and start living again. Don’t wait another minute, call us now at 8668326398.