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Life Skills Training

When someone decides to get treatment for an addiction, there are many outpatient therapy programs available that can help. Addiction affects the entire person, so it is important to treat the individual for every way that the addiction harms their life. Through options like life skills training and vocational rehabilitation, clients can get their lives back on track after becoming sober.

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What Is Life Skills Training?

Through life skills training, clients can learn more about life skills and ways to prevent a relapse. Life skills are humans' abilities to survive emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. Unfortunately, most people take them for granted because they learn many life skills at an early age.


Some people are good at different life skills, and other people still need to work on some of them. These life skills can be anything from handling stress to managing a checkbook. While just about everyone could use some life skills support, people who are in recovery especially need this kind of training. If the individual has problems with life skills, it could end up fueling their addiction.


When someone has an addiction, they spend most of their free time using drugs or alcohol. This prevents them from growing as a person and overcoming challenges. Ultimately, the addiction ends up stunting the individual's personal development. They may be unable to manage money, communicate with others or handle negative emotions effectively. Instead, they use their addiction as a crutch.


In a life skills training program, clients can learn effective, healthy behaviors. They may work in individual or group therapy sessions to learn new skills. Over time, these skills become a part of their normal, everyday habits.

What Kinds of Skills Can You Learn?

In life skills training programs, clients can learn how to have a healthy lifestyle. For example, they may learn how to cope with stress and difficult emotions. In addition, life skills programs can help clients learn how to manage anger and handle situations that might lead to a relapse.


During rehab, clients can learn interpersonal skills like how to communicate assertively. They get help for dealing with emotions like frustration and loneliness. Through the program, clients can also learn how to have stronger relationships.


Often, life skills programs will help clients learn vocational or academic skills. Clients may learn how to write a resume or interview for a better job. Leadership and time management courses set the client up for a successful experience after rehab.

Many people think that becoming sober only involves therapy and detox. In reality, clients need a wide range of programs to help with their sobriety. Over time, addiction affects every facet of your life. In order to become sober, you have to get help with things like vocational training, interpersonal relationships, and life skills training.


Through rehab and life skills training, clients can discover options such as:

  • Extended care and 12-step model
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Family therapy program
  • Medication-assisted treatment
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12-Step Program

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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

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Family Therapy

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Life Skills Training

Addiction affects the entire person, so it is important to treat the individual in every way that the addiction harmed their life. Through options like life skills training and vocational rehabilitation, clients can get their lives back on track. Learn More

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Recover-Safe Program

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Dual Diagnosis

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Older Adults Treatment System

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