Life Skills for Alcoholics and Addicts
Part of a successful drug rehabilitation program is learning how to live a life of drug abstinence once you have left your addiction treatment center. Bridging the Gap (BTg) has an excellent program to help recovering addicts learn how to re-assimilate themselves into society once they have completed their drug rehabilitation program.
The truth, for many addicts, is that some essential life skills must be, in effect, re-learned. There are two reasons for this:
1. “Normal” life skills are often eschewed in favor of drug seeking behaviors while an addict is in the throes of his or her addiction. Because they have learned new, drug seeking, habits, the healthy habits he or she might have once had are un-learned.
2. Drug rehabilitation offers the alcoholic or addict a chance to get clean in a safe and monitored environment. Often the client becomes reliant upon that monitoring to keep him or her from returning to her former using behaviors. Once this monitoring is removed, many clients find that they are not sure how to monitor themselves or how to get themselves into a regular, drug-free routine.
BTG understands that the transition from life in rehab to life in the “regular world” is difficult for many recovering persons and they have put together the Life Skills program to help them both cope with that transition and learn how to continue leading a drug free life outside of rehab.
Here are some of the things that are covered in the Life Skills for Addictions Program:
Finding Aftercare and Outpatient Services
While there are some recovering persons who are able to shift seamlessly from life in in-patient rehab to a drug abstinent lifestyle “on the outside” there are just as many drug addicts who have trouble making the transition. The Life Skills Program for Alcoholics and Addicts at BTG will provide recovering people with information on the aftercare and outpatient drug rehabilitation programs that are available in the area that the client will be residing after treatment.
Locating Medical Services
Readily available medical services are a part of life in drug rehabilitation. Many alcoholics and addicts experience a variety of medical problems as they work through their detoxification and withdrawals. Learning how to locate affordable medical services in “the real world” is an essential skill for a recovering person. The sad truth is that many alcoholics and addicts suffer at least one relapse (if not more) and being able to find medical attention is important for keeping the relapse from returning to a full blown addiction. In addition to relapses some drug addicts are prescribed craving-reducing medication or medication to treat physical ailments that might have developed as a result of their addictions.
Time Management, Job Finding and Other Life Skills
After leaving treatment with a regiment schedule often the recovering person struggles with goal setting and time management. It has been our experience that they feel as though that time away has been lost. They leave treatment with the intention of rushing around and getting their affairs back in order. But often enough what happens is they become overwhelmed. At BTG we teach the client how to prioritize their daily tasks as to lower the stress involved with accomplishing what is important. Also addressed in the importance of not becoming “bored or complacent”. It is important for the recovering persona to find a healthy balance in their life be it work, school or volunteering their time.
Something that is heavily emphasized in the Life Skills program at BTG is the acquiring or improving of one’s computer skills. The professionals involved with the Life Skills program understand that, in order to be competitive in today’s job market, every person needs to be comfortable using a computer. The Life Skills program teaches the client how to use computers and helps them develop their computer skills. Clients in the Life Skills program will learn word processing, how to make spreadsheets and how to use different accounting software.
These computer skills can help the recovering person improve his/her resume. While taking part in the Life Skills for and Alcoholics program at BTG, the client will work on improving his resume and learn how to use that improved resume to find a job after he/she leaves drug rehab. Finding a job is not easy, especially in today’s economy. The Life Skills program will teach the recovering person how to search for employment on and off the internet and how to properly send out resumes and handle interviews.
The professionals at the Life Skills program also understand that money matters can be difficult for people in early recovery. The program’s professionals understand that people in early recovery need to re-learn how to view and handle their finances. Instead of simply funding a fix, recovering addicts and alcoholics need to learn how to fund a lifestyle that will keep them alive! The Financial planning portion of the Life Skills program will teach recovering people how to set up bank accounts and how to create a monthly budget. Clients will learn how to balance their funds and how to make sure their bills are paid on time each month. Also clients will be able to evaluate their needs from their wants and spend money responsibly..
Life after rehab is a challenge and the team at BTG understands just how difficult re-assimilation can be. The Life Skills for Addicts program at BTG teaches the recovering person how to deal with every day life, stay healthy and build a future-all while staying sober. For more details about this program and others like it, please contact one of the professionals at BTG today!