Obtaining helpful and effective coping skills during recovery from any addiction makes a huge difference in preventing a setback or relapse as often referred to. A relapse can easily occur during early recovery from addiction but can also take place years down the road if a person hasn't learned how to manage stress and urges to give in.
Making positive changes in our life isn't always easy and when recovering from addiction, we have to develop helpful ways to deal with stress and unforeseen challenges that normally take place in life. If we're able to obtain these skills during early recovery from addiction, life is much easier to deal with on a daily basis and a recovering addict will be more successful maintaining sobriety.
Unless a person has successfully overcome their use of alcohol or drugs because they learned how to manage daily life without them, most people think once a person stops drinking, using drugs or even smoking they should be able to handle it from there. This couldn't be further from the truth. Making changes in our life even though they're vitally important to our overall health and well-being isn't always as easy as it sounds for everyone.
Coping skills are behavioral tools that most comprehensive substance abuse recovery programs include during treatment. Once a person recognizes the full impact drugs or alcohol has had on their life, they can begin to understand the importance of 'change' in order to free themselves from the powerful hold addiction has on them. Even though a recovering addict may finally come to terms with their addiction and realize they have to make necessary changes in their life in order to remain clean and sober, making these changes is another story.
We all have developed our own coping devices for handling change, stress or situations that occur that are of our control. People struggling with addiction have developed harmful ways of dealing with emotions and change that will have a negative effect on their sobriety if left unaddressed. Developing positive strategies for living life clean and sober now that a person has stopped drinking or using drugs is of utmost importance.
Not only do most substance abuse treatment programs provide addicts in recovery with the individualized help they need to develop helpful coping skills and tools to prevent relapse, so does individual addiction counseling. Recovering addicts also obtain helpful guidance, knowledge and effective coping techniques through 12 Step group support because they learn through others that are successfully managing their sobriety on a daily basis.
You're not a failure if you're unable to manage your recovery from addiction on your own and you're definitely not alone. If you haven't received the effective individualized treatment, behavior skills and support you need during your recovery from addiction, remaining abstinent isn't going to be easy.
If you or someone you know is struggling to stay clean and sober and aren't sure where to begin finding help, don't hesitate to call 1-800-559-9503 any hour of the day to receive the guidance and support you need.