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Pursuing successful recovery isn’t just about getting sober. Successful recovery means living an independent and fulfilling life. To get to that point you’ll want to learn financial skills, time management strategies, organization and more.

Why do life skills matter in recovery?

You may be asking yourself, “how do resume writing skills help sobriety to stick?” The answer is simple: when you have control over other areas of your life, it will be easier to say no to drugs and alcohol.

Additionally, these skills can help to build resilience and they’ll offer motivation when you’ve built a life that’s too good to jeopardize. Moreover, when your finances, family life and emotional health are in check, you’ll be less stressed and have less reason to seek out substances.

There are plenty of skills that support recovery, even if at first they don’t seem directly related. In this article, we’ll look at the 6 skills you need to learn in substance use treatment that is key to staying sober.

1. Financial skills

According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America survey, money is a significant stressor for around 72% of the population. Considering how essential steady income is to daily living, financial skills are often the first focus of sober living homes.

Learning how to manage money is typically a major component of the educational programming in these homes. You’ll learn how to write a budget, pay off debts and save and invest money. Not everyone needs a degree in finance to develop money planning skills, but participating in programming at a sober living home can give you the tools you need to make smart choices with your wallet.

2. Resume writing skills

Financial skills won’t do you much good until you have a secure source of income. In addition to money management, you’re likely to have a lesson in resume writing. 

When employers are looking for potential candidates, the resume is typically the first impression they receive. A sloppy, poorly written resume is an automatic negative impression, no matter how qualified or skilled you are. In a sober living home, you’ll learn strategies that help you craft a professional, appealing resume.

Resume writing skills can help you to put your best foot forward if you’re re-entering the job market or changing careers. Building a resume you’re proud of can also give you a major confidence boost in your recovery journey.

3. Job skills

Interviewing, emailing and generating spreadsheets are all critical skills in today’s job market. Whether these skills are new to you or you need some brushing up, a sober living home gives you the opportunity to hone your abilities.

In addition to building skills, a sober living home can help you find a job that uses your talents and fits your lifestyle. You’ll get the inside scoop on the best places to apply, and you’ll benefit from interview advice and even a few rehearsals before the big day.

Having job security can be a protective factor against relapse, so take advantage of the job skills programming at a sober living home to protect your progress.

4. Healthy eating

Some sober living homes provide nutrition classes or programming by a registered dietician. Assistance with healthy eating can help your recovery by improving your physical health so you have the mental clarity to make smart decisions.

Sober living programming will help you learn basic cooking skills, adopt meal preparation practices and incorporate healthy foods into your diet. A dietician can help you make sustainable changes to your eating habits so that you can fuel your body and be your best self.

When you feel well and confident in your body, you’ll typically experience fewer triggers to use substances.

5. Physical well-being

Sober living homes also offer opportunities to invest in your physical health. You’ll have access to a variety of tools to improve your physical fitness, including morning yoga, exercise classes and personal trainers. You can also take advantage of outdoor activities like group hikes, fishing, rock climbing and more.

Any workouts will be catered to your ability level, and although you’ll be challenged to work hard, you’ll have a community to cheer you on.

A combination of healthy eating and regular exercise can foster virtues that will make recovery easier, like self-control and determination. Not only that, but you’ll feel empowered to stay away from drugs and alcohol when you feel worlds better without them.

6. Scheduling and time management skills

Many people don’t know how to create a schedule or manage their time. When you feel disorganized and have little structure to your day, triggers like boredom and loneliness can arise.

During recovery, it is important to impose consistent structure on your day, so you build a rhythm that doesn’t rely on substances. A schedule of work, sober living programming, exercise and social time keeps your body and mind on track.

In a sober living home, you’ll learn to create a schedule that fits your lifestyle and prevents avoidable triggers from showing up. You can adopt this daily routine into life outside the sober living house, for long-term recovery.

Get the help you need

Financial skills, resume writing strategies and time management structures can make a pivotal difference in your recovery. When you work to hone these skills, you’ll build a life that supports sobriety.
In sober living, you’ll have the support you need to cultivate these skills. At Real Recovery, you’ll have access to top-notch treatment and programming that promotes life-long sobriety. Get in touch with the life you deserve by calling us at (855) 363-7325 today.