Skills Training

skills trainingLaunching into sober life after years of active drug use, many people in recovery feel that they are equipped to do little but maintain a drug addiction. To compound this feeling of inadequacy is the fact that most people lose their jobs during addiction. Some even destroy long-term careers to the point that they feel that their reputation is shot or they lose licensures, meaning they will be unable to return to work.

This is a situation that requires attention in recovery. The ability to support oneself financially and maintain dignified employment is key to long-term success in sobriety. Without it, most patients will relapse. Few will make it more than a year without a return to addiction without gainful employment or being on an educational path to finding a good job. This is where skills training comes in.

What Is Skills Training?

In addiction treatment and sober living, skills training can refer to any class, workshop, group or program that is dedicated to helping you to find firm footing in your career of choice. The “skill” of focus may be generalized to helping you determine your career or education course while others may be specific to your career, as in a certificate or degree program. Some skills training options you may come across in sober living include:

  • Resume and interviewing assistance
  • Career planning counseling
  • Life coaching
  • Education counseling
  • Internship and job location assistance

Anything that improves your employment options or employability can fall into the category of skills and job training in sober living.

What Skills Training Options Should I Utilize?

Depending on where you are in your career and education, your skills training should focus on any deficiencies:

  • Is your resume up to snuff? If you haven’t updated your resume in a few years, if you don’t have one at all, or if your current resume doesn’t highlight the experience that will help you to land a job in a new career, this is a good place to start.
  • Are you starting a new career? Starting a new career usually means learning what you have to do to get your foot in the door. This can mean getting an entry-level position, taking an internship, or going back to school.
  • Are you credentials up to par? Many careers require re-licensure or continuing education credits. If you have fallen behind, sober living provides you with time to catch up.
  • Are you unsure which direction you’d like to take in your career? If you’re not sure what your game plan is or could be, a life coach can help you make some big choices and set your compass in the direction that will take you where you want to go.

Skills Training Is One of Several Options in Sober Living

One of the primary goals in sober living is to aid you in building a firm foundation in your new life of sobriety. That means getting together everything you need, including putting things in place at work, so that you will feel more confident in your ability to remain focused on the positive and avoid relapse. Skills training is one of many options that will help you to reach this goal, making you stronger in sobriety and better able to continue progressing therapeutically as you grow in recovery.

If you’d like more information on how skills training can factor into your recovery, contact us today.