Recovery High Schools Help Kids Heal from Addiction and Build a Future

In 2022, nearly a third of 12th graders and 1 in 5 10th graders reported using an illicit drug in the previous year, according to a national survey from the Monitoring the Future project conducted by the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. Those numbers have steadily decreased over the past 25 years. However, data from UCLA shows overdose deaths among teens doubled in the first year of the pandemic, mainly attributed to the increased prevalence of fentanyl-laced drugs.

According to Dr. Sharon Levy, a pediatrician and addiction medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, “recovery schools offer an opportunity really for peer support and mutual aid in a kind of a supervised and structured way.”

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