5 Essential Life Skills You Need For Long Term Recovery

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Recovery at its most basic is about staying sober. It is also about learning how to live a different life. When we spent years of our lives caught up in our addictions, we forgot how to manage some of the most basic skills.


  • Cooking Your Own Meals: For a young person, food magically appears. Unless they are a part of the entire meal process, they won’t understand how meals come to be. Finding a recipe, making a grocery list, going to the store, budgeting for groceries, cooking, and storing food are all vital life skills. Eating out and paying food vendors for every meal of the day is costly and does not always lead to the best health decisions.
  • Keeping A Clean Room: Making your bed keeps a clear head. It’s scientifically proven. So does keeping your room tidy. Learning how to care for your room is about more than keeping it clean. You need to know how to change your sheets, how to care for them in the laundry, how often you should wash them, and how often you should clean your room. Dusting, vacuuming, and sanitizing your room is important for your health.
  • Non-Crafting DIY: Do it yourself has turned into a crafting-craze culture. There are other things you should learn to do yourself, like check your car regularly for oil and other signs. Other things you should learn to do yourself is sew on buttons, repair clothes, and fix things at home. You should be familiarized with basic home tools like knowing the difference between a phillips and a flathead screwdriver.
  • Financial Management: You don’t have to start planning for your retirement. You should be able to plan far enough ahead to keep out of credit card debt and prevent your bank account from hitting the red. Banking skills are essential for life because the world runs on money.
  • Writing Etiquette: All of our communication is done electronically these days. The art of letter writing and sending good communication can get you far ahead in today’s world. Learn to stand out from the crowd. You can put all your communication training from treatment into the way you communicate with others.


Aurora Recovery Center puts emphasis on the development of essential life skills for recovery living. Our transitional care programs help members ease into the working world after months in treatment. For information on our residential programs for addiction and dual diagnosis issues, call 844-515-STOP.

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