01 Jan Life Skills In Sober Living
Sober living homes are for indivduals trying to recover from addiction. Some recovery centers also offer after care programs, including transitional living or sober living. These post-care programs typically include a Life Skills program that helps an individual learn and develop necessary skills to succeed through various life challenges, during and after recovery.
Here are a few life skills that an individual can learn in a sober living house:
- Socializing without the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Dealing with job stress without using.
- Managing time, which includes rising early, meeting deadlines, etc.
- Managing personal finances.
- Resolving various family issues without taking drugs
- How to have sober fun
- Managing emotions in critical situations.
An individual can learn necessary life skills through a combination of consistent learning and practice. During this learning period, the recovery staff in a sober living facility tries to understand, guide, and support an individual’s strengths and identify weaknesses. Life skills that are taught during residency at a sober living include cooking classes, making beds, cleaning rooms, laundry methods etc.
There are two types of Like Skills:
1. Personal Life Skills
Various treatment centers don’t teach their patients how to handle day-to-day tasks when they begin their sober life. This is why Sober Living Homes are essential. They focus on various life skills that help people transition into everyday life. For example: Sober living homes educate their Residents about financial management skills through various workshops, group activities, and e-learning. Residents better understand their own relationship with money and how it influences their decision-making. Some areas covered under personal life skills are:
- Grocery shopping
- Basic computer skills, etc.
2. Relational Life Skills
Residents at sober living houses are also helped through stressful situations, engage in relationships with other people and manage multiple priorities. Many other self-care techniques are also taught to residents. These include:
- Team Work i.e. working with a team without getting impatient and overreacting to stressful situations.
- Communication Skills—Teaching individuals to not only effectively express themselves, but also to listen
- Decision Making – They teach people how to make important decisions in critical phases of life without the influence of drugs.
- Self-Esteem—Feeling a sense of accomplishment and improvement is key to boosting confidence
- Stress Management – They teach stress relieving techniques such as yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
- Conflict Resolution – They help residents to focus on important things, understand the value of an apology and learn when to take a break or walk away.
At Constellations Recovery, residents learn these imperative life skills through our program. By incorporating these life skills, we empower our residents to evolve towards independence.