Bringing Social and Emotional Learning to School After Treatment
What are SEL skills?Emotional regulation and empathy are two of the main focuses in social and emotional learning, both of which are critical life skills for boys in recovery from addiction. Emotions can be stressful triggers for boys when they do not have the skills for emotional regulation. For boys in recovery, emotional regulation can be the difference between sustained sobriety and a relapse. In a moment of emotional distress, SEL skills help boys pause, take a deep breath, recognize the situation, then make a better choice. Without these skills, it is easy for boys to fall back into the destructive patterns they created through their addiction, which could include anger, rage, and violence. Empathy helps boys connect with others, take others into consideration, and evaluate the effect of personal actions on other people. Addiction is often called a selfish disease because it creates a loop cycle of selfish, self-centered thinking which focuses on feeding the addiction. Drugs and alcohol actually damage the part of the brain which contributes to weighing negative consequences, making moral choices, and other parts of decision making. Social and emotional learning can help boys reprogram their brains and create healthier patterns of thoughts as well as behaviors.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center utilizes proven treatment methods for effectively healing the brain, the body, and the spirit. Our foundation cleansing program is designed to help boys build a positive lifestyle for success through treatment and academic progress. Call us today for information: 1-662-598-4214