Life Skills

The life skills groups are designed to allow patients to hone skills that can be used in everyday life.  These capabilities will enable them to become more in control over things that might precipitate old behaviors by improving coping skills and knowing how to enhance relationships.

Life Skills Groups for Continued Sobriety

Practicing these skills will reduce the confusions of life that lead to relapse and enable the patient to stay on a path of sobriety. Although these groups are electives, recovering addicts can benefit from participating in more than one of the groups. Below is a list of our groups and a brief description of the topics approached in each group.

  • Integrity & the Code of Honor

The patient gains a good understanding of integrity and honor by learning about actual historical incidents that illustrate the importance of integrity and honor in his or her own life. The patient then learns to apply the data in real life situations.

  • Family Education

This covers the importance of such factors like communication, trust, and commitment in the success of a family. It gives an in-depth understanding of the biology of sex and reproduction within the context of a successful, moral marriage and family. It includes education on conception and pregnancy, including contraception and venereal disease. The handling of children is covered in depth, helping the participant to work out how the data can be applied to their children and members of their families.

  • Personal Etiquette

This group is designed to teach patients the rules of politeness about anything people do. It gives an understanding of how etiquette came about, how to get along with others, how to keep from hurting other people’s feelings, and how to live within a group. It also demonstrates how a person’s importance is made evident to him or her by showing respect, or just by assuring the individual that he or she is visible and acceptable, helping the patient to grant importance to both himself and others.

  • Money & Exchange

The patient is given a basic overview of what money is and how the concept of fair exchange applies to the subject. The patient will learn how the value of money can be manipulated and confidence in it spoiled, as well as how to increase their own ability to earn money by increasing what they are exchanging for it. Necessary budgeting tools are also covered.

  • Financial Planning

This group gives the patient the basics of finances for use both personally and in a company. They learn about the definition of money and the necessity of exchanging correctly for the money they wish to acquire, how to make an activity solvent and the financial planning involved with that.

  • Art

This allows patients to use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, gain self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, reduce anxiety, develop social skills and increase self-esteem.

  • Anger Management

The goal for patients is controlling their anger and not letting their anger control them. It provides positives to fill in the old unhealthy negative. Patients will become aware that anger is not an answer to anything and it is what they do with their anger that shapes the result. Patients will be able to identify that anger just calls out an emotional message. This is completed by incorporating music while defining emotion creating change and purpose through goal setting and achievement.

  • Relationships

This group deals with recognizing the need to live independently within a relationship so that there is a mutual dependency.  Patents learn to evaluate ways to achieve more independence, learn ways to think healthy about each other’s roles within a relationship.  Sets a specific plan as to what the patient needs to do to make their relationship better or how to get out of the relationship, if necessary.

  • Work Ethic

The patient will learn how a strong work ethic is vital to a person in achieving their goals, how in a job it is necessary to follow a set of moral principles to be successful in a group and be a team player. Aspects include self-discipline, respect for others, initiative, honoring commitments, professional behavior, and contribution as a co-worker in achieving work goals and purposes.

  • Nutrition

Patients learn nutritional basics so that they can choose healthy food items and plan a balanced diet, are presented with a balanced account of food groups, nutrient groups, refined foods and high carbohydrate vs. high protein diets in menu planning. The patient will learn how to plan a diet and put it into practice by implementing it and re-evaluating it as needed.

  • Fitness Program

We offer a wide variety of workouts in our gym – a mixture of weight training, body weight workouts, circuit training and cardiovascular workouts are supplied, along with classes such as Yoga, Karate, Zumba, massages. These programs are provided so that each patient can obtain a basic understanding of how to safely and effectively workout their bodies. It also offers a feel of the benefits that a patient will receive both mentally and physically from being in the gym. These benefits include increased confidence, better overall health, and a faster healing process while in rehab.

  • Drug Education Lectures

The lectures on Drug Education are delivered to patients to increase their awareness of reality on the overall effect of drugs globally. Through the use of audio-visual materials and groups discussions, patients are encouraged to take a look at the current situations in life that exist due to substance abuse and the consequences within society. They are then given the opportunity to take a look at their own lives and the effects that drugs have had and make new decisions regarding their lives to lead a drug-free future.

One thought on “Life Skills

  1. Lilly says:

    Wow, I love that all of these different courses are offered at Choices Recovery. I think life skills are very important because many addicts have been so caught up in their addiction that they have missed out on a chunk of their lives and may very well have dropped out of school or never learned the basics that you need to survive on your own in life. Getting off drugs and then not learning these types of skills would make it that much easier to get into trouble, because if you can’t hold down a job because don’t have an education or because you lack a work ethic or basic etiquette, or if you can’t handle your finances, you might get so stressed out or end up broke that it may seem like the only thing to do would be to turn to drugs, because it is all they really know. By offering all these different courses, as well as art and gym and nutrition, etc. I think that the recovering addicts can really gain skills and also hobbies that will later make their clean life that much more doable and even enjoyable, without drugs.

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