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Time for a New Skill

Coping skills are a common topic among recovering addicts and alcoholics.  Everyone finds a way to keep the hands and mind busy.  The techniques help individuals avoid relapse and continue building a sober life.  Hobbies and skills from before using days come back and start to grow.  Learning new ways of coping and progressing will strengthen the person’s balance of life.  The benefit of finding a few good coping skills is an extensive list.  Some coping skills could become income, while others provide relaxation and self-care.  

Self-care

Coping skills can include self-treatment and personal hygiene.  When a strong craving comes on, the addict can jump in the shower and distract thoughts to self-care instead of using.  Reading or meditation can become regular habits when used as a coping mechanism.  The balance of personal health will support a positive lifestyle.  Even simple affirmations build self-esteem and awareness.  Coping skills are positive actions and can help an addict’s recovery a little easier.

Hobbies

Hobbies can sometimes generate income.  Very creative skills and focus on improvement could be interesting to another person.  Selling works of art or providing a unique service will give balance and a possible career.  Pride is lost to addiction while the individual is using.  The addict’s ego can be boastful and self-esteem low.  Showing skills and talent makes the person in recovery feel proud of themselves again.  Staying busy helps the individual avoid downtime and boredom.  The loneliness can be a trigger for cravings.  

Relapse Prevention

Using coping skills is a valuable lesson for a person in recovery.  Abstinence is difficult to maintain.  The techniques provide support and healthy reactions to replace the cravings.  Support from a therapist or group will hold the individual accountable for the relapse prevention plan.  When someone begins to show signs of relapse, the friends and family can support the addict by inviting in coping skills.  Taking the individual to a movie or helping cook dinner will encourage healthy, sober activities.  

Try New Things

While the addict was using drugs and alcohol, the substances produced a false reality.  The mind and body would feel a rush of endorphins or euphoric feelings.  Cravings of the high sensations will torment an individual.  The mind can seek the thrill without risking a relapse.  Various activities present risk without the other side effects from drugs or alcohol.  Mountain biking, skydiving, rock climbing, scuba diving, etc are examples of risky behavior which is better as a coping skill.  Picking up a new hobby will bring the individual out of their box.  Trying new things feels thrilling at first.  Making a healthy lifestyle from trying new activities can be very rewarding.  

Old habits are difficult to break.  People with addiction fight everyday to change routine and sometimes fall back even further than before.  Call Resilient House at 833-change1 (833-242-6431) and start taking the right steps to change your life!  One day at a time.