Why are recovery schools critical for students who have received treatment for addiction?
The risk of relapse is higher when students must return to their pretreatment schools. One study found that nearly all adolescents returning to their old school were offered drugs on their first day back. For many adolescents, schools represent the environment of previous use and contact with using friends.
Researchers have concluded that post-treatment or continuing care is essential to recovery – especially for youth. While adolescents have many of the same issues as adults, they are statistically more susceptible to fatal injuries from motor-vehicle accidents, suicides, homicides, violence, delinquency, psychiatric disorders and risky sexual practices, as well as physical, sexual and emotional traumatization. Adolescents with a history of substance use disorders are not surprisingly, at an even greater risk.