Conquering Addiction: Life Skills for Recovering Patients


After successful completion of a drug or alcohol rehab program, you will require life skills during recovery. The skills will help you rebuild your life, finances, relationships, and sustain sobriety.

Keep Busy

When addicted, maybe you use most of your time taking substances. Now that you are a changed person, you have to keep yourself busy with productive activities.  Look for a hobby or any other activity you would like to help uplift your spirit and moods.

Time Management

If there’s something hard to manage in addiction, it is time. Addicts dedicate their time to substances, and the rest comes later. In recovery, some people even regret the wasted time they’d be studying or earning. Therefore, learn how to manage time by creating a to-do list or using a planner.


Start by adopting healthy habits. During addiction, your body goes through a lot, and it is best to show it some love. Manage your sleep, practice good hygiene, such as bathing, brushing your teeth, and grooming. Create time and have fun with family and friends.

Finding Employment

Having a reliable source of income during recovery is very important. If you lose your job during addiction, try looking for another or opening a business. Ask for support at or from family or friends and re-establish your life.

Clean the Environment

Addicts dedicate their time to substances and drugs and lack time for cleaning the living space. Set time for washing dishes, dusting, decluttering, laundry, and cleaning the house. Accomplishing that will make you enjoy staying in a clean environment.

Set Personal Goals

Creating and achieving goals should be among the top life skills. It is hard to create goals and aspirations in addiction. Fortunately, in recovery, you can start all over again and pursue your dreams. Maybe you want to build a house, open a savings account, look for a better job or manage your weight. Establishing and pursuing personal goals is rewarding and keeps a patient away from substances.

Taking Healthy Meals

It is essential to make healthy food choices during recovery. Your body is deprived of critical nutrients in addiction. Seek guidance from a nutritionist and learn to make meals. Also, keep hydrated and eat lots of fruit.

Managing Stress

Stress is a leading cause of addiction. The recovery process is also stressful, and it’s best to learn how to cope with your emotions. Stress can lead to relapse or depression, and since you don’t want to relapse, avoid loneliness and negative thoughts. Be in the company of your loved ones, take a walk, take deep breath, and listen to music.

Financial Management

Addiction can take a toll on your finances, making it difficult to keep your cash in order. Learn how to save money, and budget for rent, utilities, and other bills. You can look for a financial advisor or a mentor to help you organize your finances.

Avoiding Triggers

Sobriety is about creating new habits and being a new person. Avoid people, places, and situations that make you sad, angry, or stressed. Own your sobriety and defend it from anything that might affect the new you.

Building Healthy Relationships

It is likely the relationship with your friends or relatives was ruined during your addiction. They endured pain, anger, hurt feelings, and physical abuse. It is not easy to amend the relationship, but it’s doable after some time. Work hard to earn their trust and show them you have changed. Regaining lost love or trust is among the most rewarding skills in recovery.

You will still require support after rehab to transition back to everyday life. Ask your doctor for sober living tips to get resources and life skills to help you during recovery.