Coping Skills: Social Connections

Coping Skills: Social Connections

People with solid recovery find that having a toolbox filled with effective coping skills is an important resource. These non-chemical coping skills replace the old, destructive habits of using, numbing, and avoiding. This program specifically addresses Social Connections.

Coping

The definition of Cope:

To deal effectively with something difficult.

When starting down the path to recovery, coping with some of the realities of your life can be challenging. Many of us experienced life by numbing ourselves, so when we remove the harmful substance from our life, it can be hard to deal with certain situations.

Developing strong coping skills can help you get through the challenges. This program will give you an overview of one type of coping skill.

Social Connections

Don’t isolate! There are several ways to reach out and connect with others:

  • Fun & recreation: It’s not only OK to have fun, in recovery, it’s crucial! Give yourself permission to go out and have fun.
    What are some activities you enjoy?
  • Socializing: In recovery, some of the old “people & places” may be too risky. Start identifying healthy, sober ways to socialize.
    What are some healthy and sober ways to socialize?
  • Fulfilling your creative urges: Is there anything you used to do before your life got derailed that you would like to try again? Painting, dancing, singing – what grabs your creative spirit?
    What’s one thing you would like to try to express your creativity?
  • Helping others: A special type of social activity that can be fulfilling and will strengthen your recovery is helping others. People often find that they didn’t realize how much they knew, or how much they had to offer until they helped someone else.
    What are one or two ideas for helping others (who, where, how, etc.)?

Summary

In order to be successful in your recovery from addiction and build a life of promise, you need to acquire and grow strong coping skills. When you expand your ability to deal with tough situations, you'll find that you can make it through almost anything without relapsing.

Building coping skills takes practice, so be patient with yourself. Remember to set attainable goals, so when choosing skills to work on, make a list of steps to achieve it, and work your way through that list a step at a time.

Your To Do List

  • Practice coping using social connections

Keep learning about coping skills and read Coping Skills: Stress.

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