Lindsay Lohan was the object of a lot of bad press for some time due to her drug and alcohol use and behavior choices. Now that the actress has successfully gone into a treatment program, which may have included some life skills development therapy as well as individual and group counseling, attendance at 12-step program meetings, nutrition counseling, exercise classes, and other programs to help her move forward into a sober living lifestyle, she is embracing a fresh start in the Big Apple.
Learn Life Skills As Part Of Recovery
Life skills development therapy includes a number of activities to help clients get (and stay) sober. They benefit from attending sessions that include group presentations and group discussions. In some cases, they are given written assignments to complete, which allow them to explore and express their own ideas about what they have seen, heard and experienced in this part of the program.
A client who wants to make a new life free from the influence of addiction will likely need some guidance moving forward, and this part of the program can provide assistance in several areas, including:
- Coping skills
- Decision making
- Rebuilding self-esteem
- Taking healthy risks (in a positive, controlled way)
- Goal setting
- Staying physically active
This type of program can also help clients gain a better understanding of their addiction. The more information they have available to them, the better they will able to guard against relapses as they move from staying at a treatment facility to staying at a sober living facility, to eventually living on their own.
Long-term Care Helps Prevent A Relapse
Addiction treatment must be an ongoing process. Clients consider themselves to be "recovering" not "recovered" or "cured" once they leave their treatment facility. In Ms. Lohan's case, she chose to move to New York for her sober living work. It's possible that returning to Los Angeles would have too many triggers that may encourage her to start using drugs and alcohol once again.
An aftercare plan will need to address a client's triggers and include strategies to cope when faced with people, places, or situations that may remind a client of when he or she used to get drunk or high. In some cases, crossing on the other side of the street can work or choosing different friends that will help to support long-term sobriety.
Other strategies can be taught to lower the risk of relapse prevention for clients who have left a drug and alcohol treatment center. This part of the program is essential to provide support for clients as they make the transition from staying at an inpatient treatment program and becoming more independent.