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What Is Life Skills Training?

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Life skills training is an important element of addiction treatment. It focuses on healthy relationships and support. Toxic relationships go hand in hand with addiction. Addiction can also cause many people to lose many basic life skills—or they may have never learned them in the first place—as their dependence on drugs and alcohol takes over their life. This is why life skills training is so important as part of treatment for a substance use disorder. If you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, support is available in many forms. Reach out to NuLife Behavioral Health Massachusetts today to learn more about treatment options and how a life skills training program works.

Benefits of Life Skills Training

Things like personal hygiene, finances, nutrition, and employment take a back seat when one is battling an addiction. Regaining these life skills takes time and dedication. In some cases, you may not realize the impact of your addiction until you are in recovery. So, the last thing you want is to have done a lot of hard work in treatment only to feel discouraged once you realize how your life skills have taken a hit. Life skills training focuses on:

  • Nutrition
  • Risk avoidance
  • Coping skills and stress management
  • Self-care
  • Time management
  • Home care
  • Money management

Benefits of life skills training include:

  • Healthier lifestyle through better nutrition and hygiene
  • Improved social skills
  • Better time management
  • Improved job skills
  • Developing effective coping skills

Everyone can benefit from improved life skills, and this is especially true of those in addiction treatment. When it comes to developing the right skills and tools following treatment for an addiction to drugs and alcohol, life skills are a huge help in avoiding triggers and relapse. Life skills are valuable in both your professional and personal life. Each person’s individual experience will be different when it comes to life skills training, as treatment plans are customized for each person.

Life Skills Program in Addiction Recovery

The goal of a life skills program is to be able to provide each person the opportunity to live the best life they can in a safe and supervised treatment environment. Each person’s treatment plan is unique to them—customized for their needs and life skills deficiencies. Achieving lifelong sobriety takes work in all parts of your life, and an addiction recovery program can help you get your life skills back on track.

Life skills training can incorporate a variety of programming, such as:

  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • How to better your social and communication skills
  • Stress management seminars
  • Employment transition
  • Sober support groups
  • Creating healthy routines

Programming can include a range of effective coping mechanisms such as exercise, music and art, and outdoor activities. Classes include learning (or re-learning) employment skills like how to prepare for a job interview and write a resume. Planning and preparing nutritious meals, as well as establishing a hygiene routine, are also important. Long-term substance use leads can cause many health problems, so a focus on health is imperative. Time management and communication are also key areas of focus in life skills training.

Contact NuLife Behavioral Health Massachusetts Today

Navigating all that has to get done as part of your everyday life can be challenging for anyone, but for those who are also battling addiction, those basic life skills can become overwhelming and completely fall by the wayside. Participating in a life skills training program as part of addiction treatment will set you up for success as you go through recovery from your addiction. If you or your loved one is starting the recovery journey, know that resources are available to help.

Call the caring team of NuLife Behavioral Health Massachusetts at 888.568.2057 to get your questions about our life skills training program answered.