Teaching Life Skills to Drug Abusers

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Teaching life skills to a drug abuser requires working in a group environment to help the individual overcome the tendency to focus all attention on their drug of choice. Ensure that a drug abuser is receiving the appropriate treatment before attempting to teach life skills, and consider more advice from a university campus president in this free video on life skills.

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Hi this is Dr. Darren Adamson from Argosy University. Today I'm going to talk to you about teaching life skills to drug abusers. This is a very challenging topic. Drug abusers typically will get to the point where their entire life revolves around the drug of choice, so their relationships suffer. Their work life suffers. Their home life suffers dramatically. So the most difficult aspect of teaching life skills to a drug abuser is the fact that you have to teach them a lot of different life skills. And the best way to teach life skills to a drug abuser, is teach them in the context of a group. So when you're doing a therapeutic group in a treatment center, look for the opportunity to have them interact with others that have the same challenge that they have. If you're not in a treatment center teaching life skills to a drug abuser, it really involves taking one at a time, looking at interaction, looking at how do you make sure that you show up to work on time. How do you ensure that when you are at work, that you focus on the work that you need to accomplish? Bottom line, when teaching life skills to a drug abuser, is to help them overcome the tendency to focus all of their attention and energy and emotion on their drug of choice. Finally with the drug abuser, teaching them life skills is impossible unless they are in recovery, so ensure that they get the appropriate treatment that they need to get into recovery, and then teaching them life skills can be very effective. More more information contact me through Argosy.edu. Look for the Salt Lake City campus and call me at that phone number.


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