Teen Addicts In Sobriety High School

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Teen Addicts in School. In many ways, the Minneapolis high school looks like any other high school across the country, with books, teachers, lockers and a lunchroom ... even time for fun and games in the halls. But its name is Sobriety High, and it is a high school set up specifically for teens who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. It is one of only 18 so-called "sober schools" or "dry highs," set up across the country. The school, featured in a recent edition of YM magazine, is filled with students who are admitted addicts. Each has a disturbing story to tell. One is 15-year-old Caitlin, who says that she is marking off just under seven months of sobriety. "I started drinking and smoking weed when I was 11 years old," Caitlin said.…show more content…
The rate for teenagers who stay on the wagon after treating their addiction at a treatment facility alone is less than 10 percent. Three Strikes Policy But not every student attending the school manages to stay clear of drugs and alcohol. An average of seven students a year fall back into addiction, and they are not coddled. For those students there is a tough "three strikes, and you're out" policy. Judi Hanson said the importance of carrying out that tough policy was a lesson she had to learn. "I always had this feeling that if I just gave them one more chance and if I just gave them more love and more attention, everything would be fine," Hanson said. "But I found out that that's really slowing down their recovery, because enabling them to continue the same behaviors is not going to teach them…show more content…
Thirty-six percent say it is easy for students to use drugs, drink or smoke during the school day without getting caught. This year’s survey once again looks at teen social networking and found that 75 percent of 12- to 17-year olds say that seeing pictures of teens partying with alcohol or marijuana on Facebook, MySpace or another social networking site encourages other teens to want to party like that. The CASAColumbia survey also looks at the impact of teens being left home alone overnight and parental expectations on teen substance use. This survey also reveals that teenage addicts start a young age (usally age 12) due to the lack of supervision from their parents. Addiction is harder when teenagers are affraid to admit they are addicted because they don't want to feel like an outcast, however some are even scared that they might be

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