Recovery high schools are designed for students in recovery from substance use disorder or dependency. Research indicates that 80-90% of high school students with substance use disorders relapse when returning to their former schools following treatment. School operation protocols will vary depending on available community resources and state standards, but their goal is the same. The goal of a recovery school is to provide students with quality education alongside recovering peers, in a safe environment that is supportive of the students’ recovery.
They accomplish this by meeting state requirements for awarding a secondary school diploma; fostering an environment of peer accountability, positivity, acceptance, and support; utilizing small classroom sizes, and providing support for families of teens in recovery. The staff often includes administrative staff, teachers, substance abuse counselors, and mental health professionals.
How can I do that?
If you are seeking a recovery school or would like to start a recovery school, visit the Association of Recovery School’s website. They have a list of schools for anyone seeking a school, and a toolkit with instructions and guidance on how to start your own recovery high school.