Recovery from alcoholism and addiction doesn't stop when treatment ends - it's only the beginning.  What does a healthy aftercare program look like?

Social Skills

Social Skills Development

One of the largest setbacks to a successful and prolonged recovery from drugs or alcohol is a client’s inability to comfortably interact in social situations, free of alcohol or drugs. Since addiction is often the offspring of traumatic experiences or mental disorders, substance abuse is frequently the primary coping mechanism for clients who may be purposely or inadvertently avoiding meaningful relationships with people. Frequently, alcoholics and addicts rely on drugs and alcohol in social situations and personal interactions. Social skills development is a critical component of all of our aftercare treatment programs.

The Transition Process

In working with clients to develop better social skills, New Paradigm Recovery focuses on changing the values and beliefs they hold about themselves and the world around them. We rely on role playing exercises and confidence building strategies to help our clients develop comfort and confidence in social situations.

Improved Social Skills Lead to Long-Term Success

The goal for every client in any drug or alcohol rehabilitation program is a lifetime of sobriety – unfortunately, this isn’t always the result. One of the primary reasons so many addiction clients fail in post-treatment is because of their inability to successfully reenter their everyday lives. When clients can’t interact effectively with those around them, it hampers their personal and professional growth, making it easier to resort to substance abuse.

Our social skills development program will help in a variety of ways once a client leaves our facility. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Better able to form and maintain relationships
  • Increased ability to communicate professionally at work
  • Independent living made easier
  • Chance for relapse decreased
  • Increased confidence and feeling of self-worth
  • Improved coping techniques

Social skills development also prepares clients for confronting social situations where drugs and/or alcohol are present. While many recovering addicts will go to great lengths to avoid these situations, it can be impossible to completely do so. Learning how to refuse alcohol and substances will help those in recovery be comfortable when confronted with social temptation, and is an essential part of relapse prevention.

Being comfortable in our own skin

Where many addiction rehabilitation centers focus strictly on treating addiction, failing to address the need to improve social skills. New Paradigm Recovery succeeds in total healing. We believe that concentrating on treating the client, as opposed to the addiction, results in a more complete and deeply rooted recovery. We understand that adequate social skills are vital to long-term addiction recovery success. Contact us today at New Paradigm Recovery to learn more about our program.


Next Steps...

Recovery is a lifelong journey.  Our goal with each client and family is to develop lasting relationships in order to offer the greatest chances for happiness, joy, and freedom from addiction.