Life Skills / Vocational

Although getting sober is a wonderful experience it can also create tremendous anxiety around the future and what to do next. Patients will meet individually with a vocational therapist who will provide educational and vocational assessments to better assist with vocational and educational planning.

Patients will also attend life skills and vocational groups designed to increase their competency and independence; including budgeting, job search, resume writing, interviewing skills, college preparation or returning to existing careers.

As a part of becoming a functional adult, patients will shop weekly with our staff, prepare their own meals, and eat together as a family. Finally, encouraging self-sufficiency and teamwork, patients will be expected to do their own laundry, chores and any other tasks associated with living together as a community.

One of the things that sets Next Chapter Treatment apart from how other organizations approach the treatment of chemical dependency and substance abuse is the focus we take toward real life barriers to recovery. Our successful treatment program combines individual therapy, group therapy, 12 Step immersion with our vocational/life skills training and counseling.

 

Life skills and vocational training is where the experience of recovery meets the real world. The social services portion of our program provides our patients with a one-on-one, customized approach to real life issues that may seem like a barrier to recovery. This is not simply job training and basic life skills coaching. This is where Next Chapter helps its patients understand that every aspect of their lives and social surroundings need to be examined to see if there are any barriers to their entering into a journey of recovery.

We provide encouragement, training and further therapeutic time in order to help our patients to break through those barriers. This may include legal or medical issues, living situations and housing, job issues or unemployment, education or schooling, basic job skills and/or family complications and family dynamics.

Many treatment centers tell a patient that they need to “put recovery first” but spend little time actually helping patients with life skill issues that may often be used as a reason or excuse that they are unable to stay clean and sober. Eliminating excuses and replacing them with practical solutions is our goal. We understand that issues such as divorce, child separation, job loss or inability to work, bills, money issues and credit collections, additional health issues and need for education are real life problems that can often exacerbate substance abuse and chemical dependency issues.

Next Chapter believes it is important to take time with each patient to find out just what practical, real life issues they are facing and provide a practical and achievable plan to alleviate or lessen those issues so that patients can make take parallel paths with their recovery and with their lives. Each day, in millions of homes across the nation, people prepare breakfast, take showers and get dressed for work, drive their children to school, sit down to balance their checkbook and write checks to pay the bills, and make plans for the next day. For some people in recovery – used to the chaos and turmoil of an addicts life – the routine things of daily life may be anything that routine. It’s not uncommon for some addicts in recovery to lack the life skills needed to deal with the demands and stresses of daily life.

Receiving like skills training prepares a recovering addict to move on from their addiction by empowering them and giving them motivation to be sober, fully functioning members of society. Apart from training for daily life activities, life skills training may also include coaching on problem solving, giving and receiving praise, stress management, and assertiveness

Life skills therapy is essential to recovery because it reduces the stress associated with everyday living and creates a solid foundation for re-entering society. For a newly recovering man, meeting the ordinary challenges of daily life without drugs or alcohol can seen daunting. Life skills will enable the recovering man to perform life’s responsibilities while increasing recovery through enhanced self esteem and self worth will begin to reach new heights.

By empowering patients with life skills, we enable them to cope successfully with their new sober lifestyle. We teach recovering patients how to joyfully perform day-to-day tasks without drugs, alcohol, or giving in to their past addictive behaviors. By removing the stress from the basic tasks of life, they are free to embrace their sobriety with renewed confidence and purpose.

Next Chapter saved my life. I am a 38 year old who has struggled with addiction for my entire adult life. I have also tried to battle this many times and have a history of chronic relapse. I have been through other treatment centers and have never been able to maintain permanent sobriety...
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