MADISON, Wis. (AP) – High schools for teens recovering from addiction are on the rise as the U.S. works to cope with the spike in opioid abuse.
There are about 36 recovery high schools nationwide and seven more are planning to open in five states – Florida, Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota and Washington.
Though recovery schools are seeing increased demand, their numbers have remained largely static over the past decade, with an average of two opening and two closing each year. And more than half of the 77 U.S. recovery schools that have opened since 1979 have closed, some after only two or three years.
Advocacy groups, legislators and researchers are now working to make the new schools more sustainable by addressing longstanding issues they face with fluctuating enrollment, academic rigor and uncertain funding.