Rehabs: Life Skills Are An Integral Part

Life Skills: An Integral Part in Rehabs

Addiction has a way of taking over your life, leaving you to feel hopeless and in despair. And as you try to face your addiction, other challenges, like unhealthy family relationships or problems with work may get in the way. We teach life skills in rehab to help you overcome your addiction and cope with life in a healthy way.


Life skills are those positive behaviour that help people to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. In other words, life skills enable us to interact meaningfully and successfully within our environment and interpersonally.


People seek out rehabs in order to recover from their addiction. However, recovering from addiction is more than just maintaining your sobriety. And that is why many rehabs offer life skills at their facility.


Taking back control of your life and building a better future also forms part of your recovery journey. At Rustenburg Addiction Care, taking part in life skills forms a big part of your recovery process. Life skills are part of our treatment programme because they give you coping mechanisms, and help you take back control of your life and behaviour. 


When you begin to learn new life skills whilst also forming healthy habits, you can begin to transform your life. An important part of life skills in rehabs is the importance of making small changes every day. These small changes end up making a huge difference over time.


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Life Skills in rehab

When there are stressful days, bad things happen, or you just feel down, it is easy to turn to addiction. At rehab, we try to encourage you to learn how life skills can change your life. These life skills provide you with the necessary tools to face your difficulties and tackle them head-on. Understanding these skills is one of the most important aspects of the rehabs process. These life skills that you learn at rehabs will help you become a stronger and more successful person after treatment.


Once you begin your rehabs journey, you will be provided with therapy through a counselling team. This rehabs team will help you to gather and master a wide scope of skills. Oftentimes, you may have been good at these skills but due to your addiction, these skills have become poorer.


Life skills in rehab are often one of the best benefits of our treatment program. The skills we teach range from healthy daily living, to coping with communication barriers, and managing stressful situations.


As you begin to formulate healthy new habits in rehab, you can start to use them in real life. These new skills foster healthy development in you as well as all areas of your life. But it is important to be open minded when you start to learn these skills.


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What Skills Will I Learn in Rehabs Life Skills?

Coping mechanisms

Our lives can be very stressful and these stressors can pave the way for disease or mental health problems. During your stay in rehab, you will learn about healthy coping mechanisms to apply in your everyday life. 

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Unfortunately, you may deal with these stressors in an unhealthy way by using alcohol, drugs or any other addictive behaviours. However, rehab will give you healthy coping mechanisms that help you deal with stress without turning to addiction. 


Independently engaging in activities of daily living 

Addiction disrupts many areas of your life. One of these areas include the engagement in everyday tasks such as eating, bathing or doing groceries. When you can no longer cope with everyday life, then you’ve lost the ability to take care of yourself. Thankfully, life skills in rehabs help you to regain your independence by taking good care of your needs. These skills incorporate but are not limited to:


  • Maintaining a daily schedule
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Taking care of personal hygiene
  • Mastering financial independence


Taking control of your emotions 

When you use drugs or alcohol, you may think that it is normal to use them as a coping mechanism. When you do this you are self-medicating, which can be harmful because this fosters dependence on a substance. If you use drugs or alcohol, you may be self-medicating your emotional difficulties. This is a harmful thing to do as you are not dealing with your emotions correctly. You are just avoiding them and soothing the symptoms. In rehabs, you will learn to live an emotionally-stable life free from addiction.


Mastering communication skills 

Social participation for addicts can be difficult and the broader society may not understand why you act a certain way. This is because your mind and communication skills are impaired which could then lead you to feel guilty and afraid. In rehab, you will learn about how to communicate effectively in a way that is socially appropriate.


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Stress management techniques 

Many times, people use substances to escape or manage their problems. They do this to make the pain of experiencing stressful situations less so. However, this only causes more pain and more stress. In rehab, you will learn stress management techniques that can help you deal with your stress in a healthy way. Some of these stress management techniques include:

  •  Exercise
  • Prayer or meditation Journaling
  • Creating art
  • Spending time outside
  • Spending time with family, friends, and pets
  • Listening to music

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When life throws you difficulties, life skills can help you to cope with the discomfort that comes with stress. It has been proven that there are many ways stress can be alleviated without having to use a substance.


However, every person is unique and has their own needs. Therefore, we help you find a technique that works best for you. 

You can follow a free 10-day daily guided meditation here.


Time management/daily planning 

Managing your time effectively can be challenging. Many times, boredom remains one of the main causes for substance use. Similarly, having too many responsibilities and stressors can also lead to substance use. It is therefore imperative that you learn how to create balance in your life.


However, life skills in rehabs teaches you to manage your time with a balance between work and play. In other words, we encourage you to practise self-care by doing something relaxing or something that you enjoy. We also practise daily mindfulness and gratitude.


Identifying and managing triggers 

Rehabs will teach you about triggers and cravings that could lead to a relapse. Through knowing what your triggers are and how to deal with cravings, you are likely to maintain your recovery.


Triggers are often people, places and things. You will learn how to manage your cravings and how to deal with triggering situations. This will empower you to realise how much control you have over your addiction.


Life Skills Rehabs is an All-inclusive Treatment Plan:


Many rehabs that focus on addiction treatment have implemented a Life Skills program. Here at Rustenburg Addiction Care, life skills training is just one part of the recovery process. In your journey to recovery, we place importance on Life Skills but also emphasise other forms of treatment. Whatever your unique needs encompass, we will create a treatment specialised just for you!


Addiction treatment at Rustenburg Addiction Care:

  • Rustenburg Addiction Care is a dual diagnosis facility
  • Our MDT includes: Psychiatrists, Medical Doctors, Clinical Psychologists, an Occupational Therapist, Nursing staff, Counsellors, and Recovery Assistants.
  • COVID-19 precautions: safe and secure quarantine facilities available
  • Our facilities are nestled in the Cape Winelands, and provide the perfect backdrop of tranquillity and serenity for self-reflection and recovery
  • Rustenburg Addiction Care uses Medical Aid Rates
  • We offer a wide variety of treatments: individual therapy, group therapy, family sessions, and somatic psychotherapy and expressive arts sessions.
  • We offer individualised treatment plans to accommodate the client’s needs as an inpatient, outpatient or day patient.


Click here to learn more about our world class addiction treatment programme.


Life skills will help you to take back your control whilst forming healthy habits and fostering emotional stability!


How are Life Skills Learned in Rehabs?


Life skills are taught in rehabs in a variety of different ways. This is done through role-play, games, exploratory activities, group work, reflection and experiential learning. Typically, you’ll learn life lessons in rehabs through the following:


  • Psychologists and other mental health specialists identify your problematic behaviours
  • Working through psychological problems that hold you back from mastering skills
  • Attending skills classes that help teach life lessons
  • Interacting with other people in recovery
  • Mastering relapse avoidance techniques
  • Learning new communication methods in a real-world environment


Learning these skills in rehabs can be challenging and oftentimes uncomfortable. However, a strong emphasis is placed on learning new skills and unlearning negative skills.


What Other Benefits Will You Gain from Life Skills?


Life skills will help you face everyday life head on in a way that is healthy and effective. Rehabs is designed to meet all your needs and to help you live a happy and fulfilling life. Because of rehabs holistic treatment methods, the benefits are ever expanding. Some of the benefits you’ll experience in rehabs include:


  • Making social contacts with other people in recovery
  • Tips for a healthier diet
  • Building connections with caring counsellors and addiction specialists
  • Finding a sober living facility
  • Receiving treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, that can help you beat addictive behaviours


Why are Life Skills in Rehabs so Important?


As you learn new, healthy life skills in rehab, you will begin to apply these skills in coping with your addiction, but also in dealing with problematic relationships and challenging environments. These skills will help you face everyday life head on in a way that is healthy and effective. Life skills help you become the person you always wanted to be, while living a life free from your addiction!


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