Inside Teen Drug Abuse: Recovery High School Programs

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Teen drug abuse clients can also benefit from substance abuse and addiction treatment programs. One such special program is the recovery high school. Find out what a recovery high school is as well as what it can offer to teens struggling with drug abuse.

What is a Recovery High School?

A recovery high school is a school for students of teen drug abuse to return to after completing teen drug abuse and addiction programs. The idea is for students to be able to get back to their studies without being thrown back into an environment of the same old temptations to drink alcohol and use drugs from the same friends and same social situations they were in prior to rehabilitation.

These schools are also staffed by mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors and therapists to ensure students are getting the recovery support they need.

The History of Recovery High Schools

The first recovery high school was founded in Minnesota in 1987. So far there are 22 of these schools and they can be found in nine different states.

What Are the Benefits of Recovery High Schools against Teen Drug Abuse?

Teens working to overcome teen drug abuse can benefit greatly from being able to get back to school without the peer pressure and bad examples of their old high school environment. Changing schools to another high school is not enough as the possibility of being offered drugs again by someone else still exists. The recovery high school allows students in recovery to study and be social in a drug-free environment.

The recovery high school essentially works on the principles of recovery. In order for clients to avoid relapse, triggers for substance use must be avoided. The list of harmful triggers are numerous and vary from client to client but general triggers include high amounts of stress, boredom, places where someone once used, people who used to use substances with a client and so forth. This can be a great foundation for recovery as well as an effective transition for clients struggling with teen drug abuse.

The benefits of recovery high schools even extend into academics. The population of these schools is typically quite small so students can get the one-on-one assistance they need – including being able to make up missed work from the time they were in drug rehabilitation. The recovery schools also strictly adhere to state high school standards so parents can rest assured their children are getting the proper education.