Life After Addiction

 Addiction causes damage to everything it touches, it can be work, school, relationships, or our lives. A newly recovered addict often has to pick up the pieces and put their life back together after addiction. It is not an easy process and they have to learn to live without using or being dependant on drugs or alcohol. for them, it is hard to imagine life without the addictive substance.

 They may be worried about how would they cope and deal with life’s issues once they're sober. Being able to feel anything or difficult emotions could be scary since they were used to numbing these feelings through the effect of the substance.

The truth is living a sober life is unbelievably peaceful and serene. The following are the basic skills that addicts to recover and regain control of their life and continue their journey of addiction recovery after they leave a drug or alcohol treatment centre:

1. Personal Life Skills

  • Developing routines
Creating and maintaining a realistic daily schedule for doing healthy activities could actually help you stay on track on the recovery path. During planning, think about what you need to get done in the day. Your schedule should allow for eating a healthy diet, adequate exercise, therapy, support groups and family activities in addition to your work.
  • Exercise and self-care practices
A healthy lifestyle is an important part of recovery. This helps
the individual to maintain a healthy life, including personal hygiene and grooming, planning a balanced diet, regular visits to the doctor or dentist, or physical exercises such as meditation and yoga to reduce stress.
  • Stress management
Learning to manage stress helps to lessen the effects that stressors have in everyday life. These stressors may trigger cravings for alcohol and drugs, which is why it’s so important to learn to manage them. Controlling negative emotions gives you the power to put your plans into action.
  • Better control of finances
You may need to learn to control your finances. You may be used to spending all the money you have to buy substances rather than saving for the future. You do not need to be an expert, but you do need some basic skills in managing debt, purchasing insurance, making rent or mortgage payments, planning a household budget, etc.

2. Interpersonal, Social and Life Skills

  • Healthy relationships and develop emotional maturity
Learning how to have healthy relationships may be one of the most valuable life skills learned. This can be learned when undertaking addiction counselling. Some relationships are abusive or one-sided. Know how to spot the warning signs and protect yourself from spiteful behaviour. You may need to learn how to accept losses and move on from failure or disappointment, practice empathy, define life goals based on things that make you happy, set boundaries, express your negative feelings in a positive way, respond to helpful criticisms in a positive manner, etc.
  • Improved communication and negotiation skill
Improving communication skills by saying what is meant and meaning what is said – can clearly build and maintain a relationship effectively without conflict. You need to be assertive rather than being argumentative towards all parties involved.

3. Professional Life Skills

  • Build your career
Without some useful skill to market, you have no real economic power. Do not be afraid to use employment services that help you prepare for, find, and keep a job. Join career, leadership, or management coaching programs to improve your career skills.  Alternatively, you could ask family, or friends, or other people to see if they have employment opportunities or know someone who does. You may want to consider to improve your problem-solving skills. They can be used to identify a problem, develop possible solutions, and determine the appropriate response.
  • Computer skills
Computers are almost always required for modern office jobs. No matter what position you pursue, you often find there is a need for  specific computer program knowledge or skills.It is worth spending some time to improve this skill.
  • Build a "selling" resume
By creating a strong resume and listing all professional experiences, you can convince the hiring personnel that you are capable and have skills that are needed by the company. 

Aacquiring all these skills however is rarely easy and will take a lot of time and effort, but in the end, all of your hard work will pay off. Being on a recovery journey is challenging because you have to change, and all change is challenging, even good change. But nothing is more worthwhile than a chance to totally change your life. 


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