Recovery High School Opens in Oregon

Recovery schools strive to provide a high-quality educational experience while also supporting the sobriety of students as they work towards a sober vision for themselves and their future.

Harmony High School, the first recovery high school in Oregon, launched by the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, will provide a safe, sober, supportive, gold-standard education for youth in recovery.

Slated to open to students in August 2019, Harmony High School is a public non-profit charter school located in the Lake Oswego School District and open to any student in the broader region as a school of choice designed specifically for those in recovery.

Recovery high schools support adolescents recovering from substance use disorders by providing an alternative environment to support their recovery, usually after treatment. For students returning to their previous high schools, old peer groups and environments that previously facilitated their substance use present serious obstacles to sustained sobriety.

Students attending recovery schools engage in a full day of academic courses in addition to time spent in support groups or in individual counseling sessions. Recovery high schools are typically small with student enrollment generally below 125 students.

Recovery schools strive to provide a high-quality educational experience while also supporting the sobriety of students as they work towards a sober vision for themselves and their future.

"I would have given anything to attend a school where my recovery was honored and supported. Instead I was returned to my previous high school (and old friends) after completing drug treatment. Not surprisingly, I relapsed (and nearly died) within the first 45 days. I know first-hand that kids in Oregon need and deserve a school that treats their recovery status like the life and death matter it is."

Congratulations to the Lake Oswego school board and administration for this significant contribution.