Many individuals in the throes of addiction may lose track of basic life responsibilities, like sleeping and eating, as well as personal commitments in their pursuit of their drug of choice. Enabling behaviors on the part of friends and family allow these individuals to become less and less independent, financially and otherwise. However, when a person pursues treatment, they are making a conscious decision to once again take responsibility for their own lives.
For those leaving an inpatient treatment program like Silvermist, basic life tasks can seem daunting or overwhelming. Many times, individuals struggling with addiction may have previously been so fixated on finding their next high that they lost touch with their ability to live independently.
Rather than reintroducing people fresh in recovery to stressors such as finding housing, searching for a job, and building new social supports, Silvermist strives to expose clients to these situations and teach them how to deal with them in a safe and supportive environment before they ever leave the property.
Our clients attend hour-long life skills classes once a week. These classes are taught by our licensed counselors who share appropriate coping methods with our clients. In addition to re-teaching clients how to deal with life’s stressors and become independent, life skills classes can improve an individual’s self-esteem and confidence in their recovery. Common topics addresses in life skills class include:
- Finding a job
- Controlling emotions and coping with stress
- Developing healthy relationships with others
- Managing hygiene and nutrition
- Budgeting and securing financial independence
Life skills focuses on both short- and long-term goals, with a real focus on building personal responsibility and accountability. By addressing these issues with clients who are still in treatment, Silvermist hopes to improves their chances of maintaining a sober and healthy lifestyle over time.