Sending your teen to receive addiction treatment may feel heartbreaking as a parent, especially because it could interrupt their education. Teen education is vital as it begins to prepare them for high school and their college career. Fortunately, at Foothills at Red Oak Recovery, we know how crucial continued education is, which is why there are options to continue schooling while in treatment. If you have any questions about our adolescent treatment center, please contact Foothills at Red Oak today at 866.300.5275.
Can Teens Continue Their Education While in Treatment?
Having good academic support during addiction treatment is essential. Continued education helps your child stay on track while they’re receiving the treatment they need to heal from a substance use disorder or another issue.
There are usually a few options for education and treatment to occur alongside one another. The first is to opt in to an outpatient program so that your teen can go to school simultaneously as being enrolled in the addiction treatment program. The second option would be to enter into an education program offered by the rehab.
Outpatient Treatment and Education
One of the easiest ways to get a teen treatment for addiction and to continue their education at the same time is to choose an outpatient program. Outpatient treatment may happen for only a few hours a day on a couple of days each week. For some, that may mean setting up therapy sessions or meetings on weekends. For others, that means that a few hours after school each day will be spent at the rehabilitation clinic.
The nice thing about an outpatient program is that it works around the academic institution that your child already attends. You don’t have to think about homeschooling or hiring a tutor because your child stays in their regular classes.
Inpatient Treatment and Education
Another option for teen education during treatment is to use the tutors or educational system supported by the addiction treatment facility. In fact, many rehabilitation centers do offer programs that allow clients to continue their education while in inpatient treatment.
This may be done through tutors, working with teachers who are certified to teach, or by working with teachers licensed by the state. Some of these programs may be self-study programs, but others include distance learning.
Teens who need more intensive treatment may benefit from an inpatient program. At a minimum, teens usually stay in this program for at least 30 days. Usually, teens are expected to keep up with schoolwork and homework assignments as part of the rehabilitation process.
What Kinds of Academic Support Are Available for Teens in Treatment?
Depending on the program, some of the kinds of academic support that may be available include:
- Credit recovery work
- GED testing
- ACT and SAT prep
- AP coursework
- Assistance with resumes or college education applications
- Distance learning
- Self-study programs
All of these are a little different. However, they are there to make sure that teens have all the possible academic options open to them while getting the medical and mental health support they need.
Contact Foothills at Red Oak Recovery for Help
At Foothills at Red Oak Recovery, we are determined to help adolescents who are dealing with addiction get the best support possible. If you have been considering getting addiction treatment for a teen that you love but have put it off because of educational concerns, don’t wait. We would love to talk to you more about how teen education can be continued while your teen is in treatment, so they can recover without falling behind in school. Call us today at 866.300.5275 to see more about how we can help.