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Ideally, the quality instruction and low teacher to student ratios of high school in a drug treatment program offers adolescents an opportunity to catch up to, or even surpass, age and level appropriate curriculums offered in standard high schools.

Although the primary objective when enrolling in an adolescent drug treatment program is to break free from addiction and substance abuse, the importance of high school in drug treatment rehab's is such that parents should examine the academic programs offered when evaluating the relative merits of different drug treatment rehab facilities.

Some of aspects of academic programming that indicate educational excellence are an intensive and individual assessment program and the development of a tailored and personalized curriculum, the employment of certified teachers with additional training working with sometimes behaviorally troubled teens, and a very low student to teacher ratio in the classroom. Also, high school in drug treatment rehab should offer additional study skills and remedial programming for students deficient in different areas of the mandated curriculum.

Students should not be penalized for participation in a life bettering substance abuse program, and as such they should be rewarded with full academic credit for the courses they complete while in drug rehab. Make sure that the rehab facility is willing to work with the student's community high school to arrange for credit transference, and willing to apply appropriate testing and evaluation to ensure this easy transference of earned credits.

Because better high schools in drug treatment programs offer quality instruction, excellent student to teacher ratios and tailored curriculums to the needs of the individual student, the period of drug rehab ideally induces academic achievement as it promotes better health and sobriety.


Although creative classrooms and student centered learning are encouraged, a hallmark of high school in a drug treatment program is a strictly enforced code of conduct.

Integrated Treatment and Education

Although the educational programming should be designed to maximize academic potential, it remains integrated within the overall drug treatment programming and it must maintain the same standards of behavior and discipline throughout to induce behavioral and social change.

Teachers should be educators first and disciplinarians second, but they must be trained and experienced working with troubled youth with the potential for behavioral disruptions. Demanding a strict code of conduct benefits the students as it accelerates the pace of learning and also as it increases the student's ability to interact appropriately in social educational situations.

Academic Pre-Assesment 

Because the class sizes are much smaller, and because each student will be entering the classroom with varied skills and proficiencies, a comprehensive and intensive academic assessment testing is required.

Performing intensive abilities testing uncovers skills and interests, learning styles and also academic deficiencies; and allows for the development of a tailored and personalized lesson plan. High school programs in drug treatment rehabs that do not perform comprehensive assessment testing do not likely offer the kind of individualized instruction that the students deserve and require if they are to use the period of drug treatment to improve their academic performances.

High school in drug treatment should have programming designed to meet the needs of each student, and this will often mean remedial intervention and study. Substance use and abuse can often interfere with concentration on studies, and many students enter rehab deficient in one or more areas. Using the time of drug treatment for remedial attention and personalized tutoring improves their ability to excel academically once they rejoin their community high school. Some students benefit from basic study skills training as well as curriculum specific remedial attention.

Becoming a generally better student

Quality academic programming can increase the benefits of both the sobriety training and as well improve the academic abilities of students who may not have been focusing on education while concurrently abusing drugs or alcohol.

Because the best academic high school programs in drug treatment facilities offer remedial education, small class sizes and tailored and personalized lesson plans, students in a drug rehab facility have an excellent opportunity to earn academic credits, improve core proficiencies, and become generally better students as they also learn how to live happy and productive lives without the use of drugs or alcohol. High school programming in a drug treatment rehab program needs to be considered when evaluating the best rehab program for your needs.

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