Can You Apply the Skills You Learn in Inpatient Rehab to Your Life When You Leave?

Inpatient rehab facilities exist for one reason, that would be to provide a safe environment where addiction sufferers can get treatment for their addiction issues. What people often fail to mention is just how the process of treatment is supposed to work. The addiction treatment process actually involves three steps:

  • Going through a detox program
  • Going through therapy to address underlying issues
  • Developing coping and life skills to avoid relapses

Believe it or not, the last of these steps is the most important one. If the addiction treatment process does not end with clients developing better coping and life skills, maintaining sobriety will often end in failure. Why? Coping and life skills are the tools people need to manage issues in their lives. Without better coping skills, temptation and personal triggers will remain free to create havoc in the addiction sufferer’s life. To address the titled question, it’s imperative that you use the skills you learn in rehab throughout the rest of your life. It’s the only line of defense you will have against the triggers and temptations that will ultimately threaten your recovery.

How to Develop Better Copig Skills

Individual therapy sits at the core of the addiction treatment process. This is the time clients use to learn the truth about their addiction issues. What we know about drug and alcohol addiction is it seldom happens by accident. It’s a disease that attacks people who have emotional or mental weaknesses. It attacks people who are dealing with personal issues that are causing them personal harm. The thrust of individual therapy is to give clients an opportunity to learn about what’s not working in their lives.

These are the things they find avoidable by getting high and staying high. They soon learn that it’s only when they are not using drugs or drinking that their problems can cause them harm. Because of what’s at stake, each client has to fully commit to the addiction treatment process. They have to be willing to have open and honest conversations with their therapist and counselors. If they are willing to do that, their reward is a dose of self-realization. They stand an excellent chance of learning about the real driving forces behind their desire to self-medicate away their problems.

Once clients have identified the root causes of their addiction, they then have a target for the last step in the treatment process. They know what issues they need to work on if they want to be able to maintain their sobriety. In the sections below, we will reaffirm just how important it is for clients to take the skills they learn in rehab and use them to protect their recoveries.

Managing Temptation

Some of us have difficulty dealing with temptation. That’s a problem if someone is planning to return home after going through rehab. What’s likely waiting for them are the very same people, places, and things that gave them a license to use drugs or alcohol. The life skills you learn in rehab will be the tools you will use to avoid temptation. You’ll need to use those skills to fill your life with positives as a means of avoiding all of the negative influences that will keep tempting you to cross over that invisible line. That’s the line that will lead you right back into the cycle of addiction.

Managing Triggers

The triggers of addiction are the negative thoughts and feelings that prompt someone to take a drink or swallow a pill. There are a lot of things that can serve as triggers in one’s life. Here are a few examples:

  • Arguments with loved ones
  • Disappointments at work
  • Financial problems
  • Emotional and mental problems
  • Sadnes brought on by loss (family, friends, personal security, etc,)

Triggers don’t disappear overnight. you have to have the ability to navigate around your triggers when they come knocking on your door. Solid coping skills are the primary weapons you have to battle your triggers. If you want to wrestle control of your life back from the grips of your addiction, you will need to do two things. First, you need to be willing to admit you have an illness.

Second, you have to be willing to reach out for help. When you are ready to take the second step, we will be here to help you. You can reach out to one of our representatives by calling us at 833-762-3739.