5 Things Teachers Can Do to Help a Student in Addiction Treatment

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Addiction treatment is a challenging process requiring the hard work and dedication of your student. Here are five things you can do to help support the recovery efforts of your student in addiction treatment.

Assist with Stress Management Efforts.

Stress management is an important part of the addiction treatment recovery process. Help create a non-stressful class environment. Serious studies are important but a balance is necessary to keep students from experiencing heightened or unhealthy levels of stress. If nothing may be done to make a course less stressful, you can still promote the importance of stress management. Give students tip for managing stress at home and even allow for stress management activities to be carried out in class by giving students 5-10 minute breaks each class for anti-stress time for meditation, silence, journaling or other relaxing activities or other initiatives.

Reach Out with Your Support.

Addiction treatment clients need as much support as they can get. Be supportive to your student and reach out and let them know you understand they are in the midst of a challenging recovery process and you are there for them if they need someone to talk to.

Ask How You Can Assist with Addiction Treatment Relapse Prevention Strategies.

If your student is comfortable with discussing his or her addiction treatment you can ask to hear what their relapse prevention strategy needs may be. For example, it could be that someone who is a trigger for your student (such as a friend who abused substances with him or her) is in the same class and you can arrange for special considerations for keeping the students in different classes. Or, for example, your student may ask for ideas of how he or she may get more involved with activities at school to fill their free time more productively.

Discuss Time Management and a Work-Life Balance.

Teach your student in addiction treatment as well as the other students in your class how to manage time successfully for less stress. Teach on the premise that 24 hours a day is much more than we realize when we don’t live with good organization, planning and prioritizing. The better our time is managed, the more time we can find for relaxing, taking care of ourselves, spending time with our friends and family and more.

It’s also a great idea to express the importance of a work-life balance. Working and studying successfully are our drives but it’s equally important to manage our personal lives and be present in our personal lives as well. A healthy work-life balance begins with proper time management.