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What Would Communication Skills Do for an Addict?

The ability to communicate well provides people valuable connections, understanding of others, and supports emotional control.  Addiction creates selfishness, racing thoughts, and mood swings. An addict loses the ability to communicate well. When the individual decides to become sober, some skills return easily, while others do not.  Cognitive behavioral therapy and group sessions give the addict an opportunity to develop better ways of expressing emotions and realizing other’s feelings.

Drugs and alcohol alter and manipulate the mind to focus only on the substance of choice.  Erratic behavior and lack of emotional control isolate the individual from friends and family.  Anger, guilt, and resentment create distance between people. The inability to understand and express emotions will continue until the addict seeks help.  Sobriety will help the addict, although being free of toxins won’t solve other serious problems. Anxiety, depression, other serious emotions, and relationships will still need work.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) contributes to treatment.  The addict works through and understands personal feelings. CBT is the most widely used therapy for mental health.  The therapist assists the client in redirecting the focus of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors to positive actions. Coping skills and practicing good communication support the addict through recovery.

Family therapy is a great way for the person in recovery to begin practicing healthy communication.  The therapy creates a safe and controlled environment for the members of the family to work through the difficulties of addiction.  The trained professional therapist can help the group during guided conversations. The specialist can aid by acknowledging blaming statements and keep the interaction on topic.  The group can begin to understand each other better and rebuild relationships.

Psychodrama therapy is also known as sketch or role play practices. A group of people works together to go over scenarios and practice communication skills.  The sessions are commonly about an addict learning how to avoid drugs and alcohol or communicate emotions properly.  Rehearsing conversations prepares the group for real-life situations. A heated argument with a loved one or co-worker can be resolved or avoided.  When others notice a change in a person, relationships improve.

An addict can learn various communication skills through treatment and therapy.  Continuing therapy post-treatment will increase the skills and the quality of life.  Making connections and building relationships will help the individual improve success.  Work, school, family, and friends are areas which can drastically change when someone listens and understands better.  

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