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What Are Recovery Schools?

What Are Recovery Schools?

Recovery schools provide the same education and curriculum as traditional high schools, but they incorporate 12-Step programs, group therapy and other recovery elements

Even the best parenting cannot protect all children from addiction. CNN.com shares, “More than 341,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 are in rehab annually. That’s 1 in 70. Adolescent drug abuse cuts across all demographics — race, class and geography” (“Recovery High School a ‘Soft Landing’ for Post-Rehab Teens,” April 14, 2009). The number of teens in treatment is only a fraction of the total number struggling with drug abuse. These statistics about teen drug abuse show that anyone can become addicted and that a lot of Des Moines teens do. If you suspect your teen is abusing drugs, addicted or struggling to manage a mental health concern, do not put off getting help for him or her, and make sure you provide complete and comprehensive addiction treatment that may include following therapy or rehab with recovery school.

Teens and Relapse

The University of Texas at Austin explains, “60 to 70 percent of students with addiction problems relapse upon returning to their former high schools after treatment” (“Helping Teens into Addiction Recovery,” March 31, 2014). Adults have the choice to move, avoid peers that encourage drug use and stay in half-way or sober living homes after treatment. Teens do not have these same choices, and being forced to return to the same environment that engendered addiction and where drug-using peers are present and unavoidable is triggering and leads to relapse more than half the time.

Recovery schools provide the same education and curriculum as traditional high schools, but they incorporate 12-Step programs, group therapy and other recovery elements into daily lessons and activities. Students at recovery schools are often randomly drug tested, required to avoid know drug users and attend meetings. They must have a certain number of days sober, typically around 30, the number achieved during a traditional-length rehab stay, before being admitted. This ensures the campuses of recovery schools remain drug-free, healthy environments for teens ready to get the education, information and support needed for a drug-free life.

Helping a Teen in Need

If your teen is struggling with drug abuse, mental health issues or a combination of the two, do not wait to get help. Do not deny the problem or wait for it to get better; addiction only gets worse when left untreated. Call our toll-free helpline today to learn about all the elements of recovery available for your teen, from detox and rehab to recovery school and long-term aftercare. We are here 24 hours a day to provide the information and resources you need to give your teen the best start toward a drug-free future.