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Life Skills Restored With Drug Rehab Part 2

No amount of inborn talent, savvy, and intelligence can compensate for the way drug addiction destroys basic life skills.  A drug addict or alcoholic may try to appear like their life is going smoothly.  However, a close look will reveal basic social and independent living skills that are greatly impaired from their addiction.  Drug rehab plays a big part in rebuilding these skills.

Drug Addicts Have Trouble With Conflict

Getting along with others in public can be a real test for a drug addict.  Since they strongly cater to their impulses and immediate desires, they do not spend much time raining themselves for patience.  Getting along with others requires a certain tolerance for different opinions, annoying behaviors, personality quirks, and so on.  

More often than not, a drug addict or alcoholic will have a short fuse when it comes to these things.  They are likely to defend what they want rather than considering others.  They are also likely to allow their emotions to boil over quickly.  A drug addicts main method for emotional control is their drug use, so they often have few emotional regulation skills left.  Looking out for oneself is not a bad thing, but ignoring common manners and being disrespectful doesn’t go over well in social situations.  

Job Security And Drug Addiction Dont Blend Well

Getting and keeping a job is vital for independent living.  A person with a drug addiction could get fired for many different reasons related to their drug use.  It could be getting caught on the job while high or in possession of a drug.  They could be chronically late because of their inability to manage priorities and time. 

Someone addicted to drugs could also be disruptive at work because they get into physical and verbal conflicts.  They may have lost control of their emotions and been very disrespectful to their boss, or even quit their job impulsively in a moment of anger.  A person with a history of losing jobs frequently might find it harder to get hired for the next job.

Drug Addiction Breaks Down Daily Routines

Basic routines with laundry, personal hygiene, sleep, or getting to work help keep a person’s schedule run efficiently.  Routines take a lot less mental energy and adjustment than starting a brand new task or trying to make something work at the last minute under stress.  A drug addict generally doesn’t nurture good basic routines.  One reason is the constant disruption of mental functions and brain chemical pathways.  Small rewards of a good routine go relatively unnoticed because the body is hooked on the drug effects. 

Drug Rehab Restores Life Skills One By One

The human body is so amazing and complex, it can be hard to comprehend the levels of destruction caused by a drug addiction.  That’s why drug treatment is so necessary.  It’s one thing to get and stay sober from a drug.  It’s another thing to relearn (or learn for the first time) independent living skills.  When even the simplest things seem to be out of control, drug rehab often causes a person to realize how deep the damage has really gone. 

Drug rehab and outpatient drug treatment help people build their life structure back one simple routine at a time.  Having these routines helps them worry less and have more energy for enjoying things.  They can use their routines to take care of their money responsibly, their personal care, their social support activities, and their sobriety.  Drug rehab is about more than just sobriety.  Drug rehab can help rebuild a life.

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