Recovery High School Takes Root in Ohio

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Plans for ‘recovery high school’ take root in central Ohio

by JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch

Published Monday, November 28, 2016 6:14am

This article has been re-shared from it’s original source, The Columbus Dispatch

An Ohio State University recovery advocate and others want to fill a gap in central Ohio by forming a high school that would be open only to adolescents who are working to overcome drug and alcohol addictions.

Such “recovery high schools” provide young people with a space that sets them up to succeed both academically and in their pursuit of a clean lifestyle, said Sarah Nerad, who is among those spearheading the effort.

“They allow the students to have a safe, nurturing, supportive environment where they can be who they are,” said Nerad, program manager of the Collegiate Recovery Community at Ohio State and director of recovery for the university’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery.

“They’re with other peers who are walking that same journey with them. They’ve got staff that are really skilled in working with this population. They’ll really be in an environment that’s going to allow them to succeed in the classroom and out of the classroom.”

The country has 45 operating or planned recovery high schools, according to the Houston-based Association of Recovery Schools. Among them are the central Ohio site and one in Kenton in Hardin County.

However, Hardin Community School in Kenton also admits students who are not in recovery, said Nerad, who previously served on the national association’s board. And, she said, there also is talk of opening schools in the Sandusky and Dayton areas. Her hope is that more cities will take on similar efforts.

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