Life Skills Workshops | Drug Rehabilitation Programs
15 page worksheet covering all aspects of relapse, including: What is a relapse; Relapse myths; 12 behaviors that lead to relapse; 9 situations that lead to relapse; 11 Red Flags to watch for; 11 suggestions for heading off a relapse; What to do if you slip (take a drink), and (17 more items) on what to do if you relapse for a period of time. -- all discussed and designed so that notes can be taken on the worksheets. This workshop is the first one done, due to the high rate of recidivism in this field (if they go back out quickly, at least we will get this information to them, hopefully it will mess up their using or drinking).
This workshop covers the process of values identification.
Each person works through a three step process to identify their
6 most important core values as an individual and then writes a
statement to clarify each core value. Values (step 2) - Working
with the six individually identified primary core values, this workshop
provides materials to list and identify positive (+) areas and areas
that need work (-) for each core value. This is one of the cornerstones
in building a foundation for successful longterm recovery.
|"If your values are in line with your behaviors there is a good chance that the stress that caused you to use in order to avoid feelings will not be there, but first you must know what those values are."
22 different exercises, covering a wide spectrum
of anger related activities, including: Self -Monitoring, Assessing
Your Anger, Anger Thinking, Past Anger, Family Anger, Anger at Work,
Knowing What Ticks You Off... and more.
Worksheets encompassing 36 separate categories
cover skills relating to: Data, People, Things and Situations. Residents
rate each one by numerical value (1-5) regarding their experience,
effectiveness, and the enjoyment of each category. Ending up with
the areas where they are strongest (6 of them) and finally comparing
it to a matrix of 23 broad occupational categories the resident
is able to determine his/her skill level in their chosen career
"Developing the Dream" Exercise
Starting with "Configuration of Personality"
information developed by Emory S. Bogardus, areas of our personality
are explored five years ago, today, and where we want it to be five
years from now. A worksheet helps lay out 12 critical areas of life
and dreams and/or goals in 5 yrs, 1 yr., and 30 day windows, with
plans on how to get there, utilizing the Slight Edge success system
(Values > Philosophy > Attitude > Actions > Results > Quality of
Life). This 3-4 week series is based on Dr. Darrell Terry's highly
touted goal setting and self esteem building techniques, designed
to last a lifetime.
|"Without a dream a person has no purpose, without a purpose an individual has no goals, without a goal to strive towards a life has no drifting. Having a dream and working toward that dream gives one's life a goal, a destination, a purpose, and best of all - meaning"
Understanding Recurring Actions
This study guide is designed to help rethink
past assumptions so that the resident begins to perceive a greater
lesson or purpose behind all of his/her achievements, failures,
or challenges. "How did I get my life this messed up, and why do
I keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again, all the
time expecting different results?" By beginning to adapt a positive,
curious, conscious, adventuring attitude, we learn that we can make
our world look as we would like it to look. This twelve page packet
of questions includes a time line of significant events and people
in the residents life. This helps isolate recurring patterns of
negative behavior and their cause or starting point.
Relationship Skills - Listening
It's hard to really listen to other people. It's easier to space out, to rehearse your reply, to filter the content for danger signs, to collect evidence for your own opinions, to pass judgment, and so on. But listening is the most important of all the communication skills that can create and preserve intimacy. When you listen well, you understand others better, you stay closely in tune, you enjoy the relationship more, and you know without mind reading why others say and do things. There is a lot more to listening than merely being quiet while other people talk. Real listening is distinguished by your intention. If your intention is to understand, enjoy, learn from, or help your partner, then you are really listening,and as a result, helping yourself be heard/understood as well.
For many people, real listening is rare. They indulge in pseudo
listening. This is when your intention is not to understand, enjoy,
learn, or help. You will gain experience identifying and working
with blocks that you are using to avoid listening to others. We
will cover: Mindreading, Advising, Rehearsing, Sparring, Filtering,
Being Right, Judging, Derailing, Daydreaming, and Placating.
Our Baggage Carts - The Shame we carry
We all seem to come into recovery carrying a lot of emotional baggage. We also seem to have created a lot of recent wreckage that only adds to the weight of what we already were carrying, and that added weight, frequently, proves to be the actual breaking point for us just before we asked someone to help us.
There are many areas that contribute to us all being being in recovery. One of the most common and sometimes one of the largest issues for us to handle is our family of origin.
Let me first state that there are no perfect families, just as there are no perfectly adjusted individuals. Yes, the physical and emotional environment of our past has an effect on us, however, it has been demonstrated again and again that we do have the ability to change the way we look at that old stuff (the bags we carry), decide what we want from our lives (sort it out) and do something about it (get a real life). It's why we are here.
Denial is the central organizing principle we work around in addictions, and while this is true shame is more often the phenomena that people need to recover from. Shame is the belief that there is something inherently wrong with who or what we are.
However, I believe the truth of the matter is that shame is a belief
and not a feeling. The more you have experienced shame, the more
disconnected you are from your emotional self. When we begin to
move out of our shame is when we begin to experience the painful
feelings, that surrounded the abandonment that ultimately created
our shame in the first place. Shame is a belief there is something
fundamentally wrong with who we are.
Relapse Triggers and Core Values worksheet - By
this time the individual's original values and triggers have been
clarified in greater depth. This exercise allows a formal second
look at these areas in order to add to, take away from, or further
adjust, according to what he/she has learned since starting this
series. Also any other work that needs to be further clarified is
AA Step Study - Monday 7:00pm - 8:30pm
One step is addressed each week, in order, consisting of a description of the step, an explanation of what the step is for, and how to work the step.
This is followed by a worksheet(s) asking a series of questions with space for answers to each question. Our intent here is to expose each client to what goes into doing thorough step work.
At the same time, we encourage a dialogue between a resident's sponsor and our program to ensure we are all moving in the same direction and in synch with the sponsor's specific program. The sponsor and client are regarded as a long term relationship. Our relationship with the client, though formative, is a temporary one and consists of mostly seed planting and education on what works and what doesn't work to facilitate the resident in developing better coping skills in the future.