Empowering Clients with the Tools They Need to Stay Sober

Building Skills for A Lifetime of Recovery

We know that addiction can impact every aspect of a person’s life — even the little things that others take for granted. At Roots Recovery, we stress the importance of addressing each client according to their unique needs, and that means helping them get to a point where they can function inside and outside of rehab.

Since substance abuse can keep people from learning and practicing the skills they need to live a normal life, we make it a point to help clients develop practical skills and make sure they have everything they need in order to be successful long after their treatment with us is over.

What are Life Skills?

Simply put, life skills are the practical abilities that a person needs to live a functional, independent life. These skills include everything from cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry to applying for jobs, setting personal goals, managing time and finances, and practicing self-care by being active, eating healthy, and maintaining productive and fulfilling social relationships.

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    How are Life Skills Used in
    Addiction Treatment?

    We believe that basic life skills are vital to a successful recovery, because we know how important it is to have a healthy means of coping with everyday stressors in life. The ability to balance responsibilities in a healthy way means finding balance in life that can go a long way in providing the structure and consistency that’s conducive to sustainable recovery. Making sure our clients have the tools they need to be able to function independently after treatment —without turning back to substance abuse — is our highest priority.

    It’s important to note that, in addition to everyday adult responsibilities, it’s important to us that we also work with our clients on developing skills specific to recovery, such as coping mechanisms and trigger avoidance, which become a necessary part of life for someone who has completed treatment for substance abuse and addiction.

    Life Skills

    Household Chores:

    Performing adult responsibilities such as grocery shopping, cooking, and doing laundry helps our clients take care of themselves and live independently. In addition, completing daily chores and housework gives our clients a sense of responsibility to their housemates, and themselves.

    Professional Skills

    Finding and keeping a job is essential to one’s success as an adult, as is proper financial management. We help our clients find employment by offering resources for resume building and practicing interview skills, as well as supporting them during their employment and teaching them to manage finances.

    Coping Mechanisms:

    Learning to deal with everyday problems and natural changes in life help our clients resist turning back to substance abuse to escape the stressors of adult life. That’s why we teach our clients healthy coping mechanisms as a life skill.

    Relapse Prevention:

    Teaching relapse prevention techniques and strategies is incredibly important to those in recovery. We help our clients heal with the root causes of their addiction and cope with emotional difficulties in a healthy and constructive way, free of substances.

    Trigger Avoidance:

    Avoiding people, places, things, and social situations associated with past addiction is essential to preventing relapse. Being exposed to reminders of past substance abuse may cause urges or cravings in even clients who have been sober for an extended period of time, so it’s important to us that our clients can identify and avoid relapse triggers.

    Fun & Sobriety:

    Understanding how to have fun while staying sober is another life skill that will help our clients succeed in the long term. Building a sense of community and providing experiential activities such as fun runs, camping trips, hikes, yoga, and seasonal sports helps our clients have fun during recovery. This area also covers strategies of navigating social situations while staying sober.

    Goal Setting:

    Setting personal goals teaches our clients to hold themselves accountable. We know that substance abuse can leave people feeling hopeless and lost, so making and achieving goals helps our clients feel productive and confident.


    Practicing self-care is essential for our clients’ well-being. Skills like caring for daily personal hygiene, setting a sleep schedule, exercising regularly, and eating healthy can go a long way toward making sure those in recovery feel good about themselves physically and mentally.

    Boundary Setting:

    Setting healthy boundaries involves teaching clients how to communicate clearly and cope with stressful social situations. This will help them build healthy relationships with their family, friends, coworkers, and even other individuals in recovery.

    Serving Others:

    Finally, being of service to others seeking treatment for substance abuse helps give our clients a sense of community and responsibility to help their peers live a sober life. We teach our clients how to support and empower each other every step of the way.

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    The Importance of Life Skills
    in Milwaukee Addiction Treatment

    At Roots Recovery, our treatment for substance abuse goes above and beyond treating addiction in itself, because we understand that a sustainable recovery would not be complete without empowering our clients with the tools, skills, and resources they need to stay sober. If you’re ready to take back control of your life and get sober for good, we’re here for you, just call 844.447.6687 today.