April is filled with the excitement of prom and formal season, with graduation not far off. Planning ahead can make these events special, fun, and safe. Communicate with your date, friends, and family: look out for each other, use the buddy system when walking at night, and have a designated, sober driver ready to help get everyone home.
For students in recovery, graduation is an especially poignant symbol of their success--these students balanced recovery and their education. This milestone can also mark a new concern, with many students leaving local support networks. Check in with your recovering population this month to learn more about their plans for recovery post-graduation, suggest ways to find support in a new location, and encourage them to stay in touch to share their successes and continue to support your recovery programs.