Coping skills are the tools that people use to deal with the ups and downs of life. Addicts use drugs or alcohol to deal with life changes changes, whether they are positive or negative. Once drugs or alcohol are no longer a part of life, an addict must not only learn how to cope with drug addiction or alcohol addiction, but also all the twists and turns that life brings. Developing proper coping skills for addiction is the key to getting back to living life and avoiding relapse.