How to Develop Coping Skills for Addiction Recovery

a young man talking to his doctor about coping skills

After doing the hard work in rehab, the last thing a recovering addict wants is to relapse. Any relapse delays the ability to get on with living a useful life. During addiction treatment, patients get the chance to learn about their addiction. That includes learning about their triggers and weaknesses. They also get the opportunity to develop coping skills that target those triggers and vulnerabilities. Once a patient leaves rehab, they soon find out if they learned their lessons well enough.

At Kemah Palms, we want to give you the tools to cope with addiction triggers, eventually allowing you to put addiction in the past. Unfortunately, this can be a challenge for many people. Let us come alongside you to give you the care and support you need to be successful.

Why Coping Skills Are Vital to Your Recovery

Unfortunately, addiction is a chronic condition, which means that there is no one-time cure. As a result, coping skills become extremely important. Coping skills give you the tools to manage your triggers and urges to return to substance use. They can be as simple as meditation, exercise, or yoga. Conversely, you may need other options. When you contact our treatment experts, we will give you an array of coping skills that fit your unique needs, giving you the highest chance of staying sober.

About Coping Skills

During therapy, the patient and counselor discuss the causes of the patient’s addiction. This process helps to identify possible triggers. Once everything is out on the table, therapy shifts toward preparing the patient for life outside rehab, which means learning how to live life on life’s terms.
The one thing a recovering addict can count on is that sooner or later, they will find themselves facing temptation. For each trigger or temptation they have, the recovering addict must have the proper coping skills. Without them, the likelihood of relapse is high. When a stressful situation presents itself, the individual needs to know exactly how to deal with the situation. They also need to know what resources will help them get past problems.

Additional Relapse Prevention Resources

During relapse prevention therapy, counselors teach their patients about the resources that are available to recovering addicts. Beyond coping skills, the three most popular resources are sober living homes, a 12 Step recovery program, and outpatient counseling.

A sober living home serves as the perfect bridge between rehab and all the responsibilities of home. If the patient is unsure about their ability to say no, they can stay in a sober living facility. Working with the in-house staff, the patient can take on life’s responsibilities a little at a time.

12-Step meetings are all about one addict helping another. The meetings allow people to share about their illnesses, personal experiences, and current situations. When a relapse seems imminent, these are the people who can come to the rescue and make a difference. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with building strength by continuing treatment on an outpatient basis.

Relapse Prevention at Kemah Palms

Beaches Recovery outside of Houston, TX, is a full-service rehab facility. We offer treatment options from detox through the relapse prevention education. We also offer inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization program options. Here are some other facts about our facility. We:

If you are suffering from an addiction, you can change that starting now. You need addiction treatment and a better set of coping skills to stay sober. For additional information, call Kemah Palms today.