There’s no reason to ignore the situation when your teen has a substance use or mental health disorder. However, as a parent or guardian, you may be wondering: will they be able to keep up with their education while in addiction recovery? The short answer: yes, your teen will be able to keep up with their schoolwork in a residential rehabilitation program. At Destinations for Teens, our educational program for teens integrates all of their needs.
What Happens in an Educational Program in Rehab?
Every day, our teens enrolled in residential treatment programs will be provided with academic classes. Education in addiction recovery requires teens to attend classes three hours a day, five days per week. Teens receive instruction with the support of content specialists. They are provided with the space to learn on their academic level and take on new educational challenges. The International Academy of Science partners with Destinations for Teens to provide a comprehensive curriculum that supports our teens at all stages of their development. On-site educators and counselors communicate with our teens’ schools to ensure they can return to school with no academic gaps. In addition, teens have access to:
- Advanced placement courses to remain on track academically
- One-on-one supplemental instruction and support
- Transferable credit
- Credit recovery
- Advanced credits
- SAT and ACT preparation
- Vocational skills classes
When teens complete their residential programming, they will take an exit exam that determines the skills and concepts they learned and allow them to return to their regular high school.
What Are the Benefits of an Educational Program in Rehab?
There are many advantages to participating in an educational program while in a rehabilitation center. Here are three:
- Education keeps teens from becoming distracted – When your teen is in a residential treatment program, they need to be busy. When a teen is productive and actively setting goals, they have less of an opportunity to pick up habits that were once harmful. By consistently learning new subjects and participating in therapeutic activities such as music, dance, art, or yoga, teens can focus on achieving a goal–which is essential when working to overcome a substance use disorder.
- Education can improve a teen’s health – When a teen is constantly learning new subjects–whether in class or a therapy program–they are developing new skills and understanding of the world. One of the most incredible ideas they will learn in residential treatment is to become healthy—in their mind and body.
In addition to the traditional school day, therapists, nutritionists, and specialists on staff are present, leading teens to make better decisions that will allow them to remain healthy. The skills that teens will learn in a residential treatment program have the potential to support them when they leave, making them feel empowered in their recovery. They may also learn new creative or personal skills to help enrich their life during recovery. Some additional programs offered to our teens help them learn about new ideas, cultures, and belief systems as well as creative skills, including photography and music production.
Educational Support at Destinations for Teens
Not only do we support the health and wellness of our teens, but it is also our responsibility to offer opportunities that will provide them with a sound education during recovery. At Destinations for Teens, all of our residential treatment programs provide a scheduled time for school programming. Whether your teen is dealing with substance use disorder, mental health disorder, or a dual diagnosis, our educational program in rehab will be supportive and nurturing to provide them space to focus on their wellbeing. Contact us at 877.466.0620 to learn more about our educational programs and how we support adolescents in therapeutic and holistic ways.