There’s usually a sense of relief that washes over someone after they finish rehab. Indeed, they are deserving of respect and admiration. With that said, one must always remember that the road to recovery is long and treacherous. It extends over the entire lifespan of the recovering addict. The truth is, the ability to walk the straight and narrow road of recovery depends on having the right coping skills. Without them, the task of staying clean becomes daunting.
What Are Coping Skills?
Drugs addicts don’t use because they lack character. They use because they generally have underlying personal and emotional problems. They also seem to lack the skills necessary to set their personal and emotional problems aside.
During the therapy portion of treatment, counselors and patients go to work on the whys of addiction. They dig into the patient’s psyche to determine why the patient needs the escape from reality. Once the causes of addiction become clear, the parties can begin working on coping and life skills.
Coping skills revolve around the patient’s ability to understand and avoid their triggers and temptations. First, the patient has to have the ability to recognize dangerous situations and feelings. Then, the patient needs to know how to get past dangerous situations and feelings without using. Together, the ability to recognize and react appropriately form the basis of coping or life skills.
Why Coping Skills Are Necessary
Recovering addicts are always just one drink or hit away from a relapse, and relapses can have serious consequences. Upon leaving rehab, people are certain to eventually face a test of sobriety. They’ll run into someone from the old crowd or have a bad day at work. Regardless of the trigger, they will get a reminder of who they once were.
With good skills for coping, many recovering addicts face these day-to-day triggers and temptations with confidence. They understand that should A happen, they must do B. With any luck, these coping and life skills will eventually become second nature.
Ocean Recovery’s Foundation of Hope
Beautiful Newport Beach, California serves as home for our premiere recovery facility. Our “Foundation of Hope” rests on our ability to help patients find recovery. To help us in this endeavor, we offer the following addiction therapy services (among others):
- Residential care and extended care programs
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders
- Family therapy
If your life is stuck in the cycle of addiction, you are going to need help getting out. The first step you need to take is coming to grips with the notion you have an illness. Once you can clear that hurdle, you’ll find Ocean Recovery and our counselors ready to help.
To reach us, just pick up the phone and dial 800-641-2388. If you’ll do the work and stay focused, we’ll teach you the coping skills you need to return to a normal life.