Sober High: The State of Recovery High Schools in America


“In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that 2.3 million kids aged 12 to 17 had used drugs. Only about 5.4% of those adolescents entered into any kind of a treatment program. And the vast majority of drug-using teens will receive non-intensive outpatient therapy (primarily individual and group counseling.) There are better alternatives. Recovery high schools often provide a safe haven where students will not be pressured by, or exposed to, other drug-using peers. The curriculums are intertwined with treatment and support, and the results are promising… Early studies show that within six months of completing a recovery school curriculum, students have a relapse rate of only 30% – less than half of normal intervention programs.”

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