Kayla Causey started drinking alcohol at 10 years old, and her addiction landed her in a rehabilitation center for six months last year.
With a history of alcoholism in the family and resources easily within her reach, it wasn’t difficult to slip into that life, said Kayla, now 16.After finishing her 12-step rehab program, Kayla sought long-term help at the Oklahoma Outreach Sober School. The outreach school is one of only 19 of its kind in the nation.
The school helps Oklahoma City-area teenagers recover from drug and alcohol addictions, while allowing them to finish their high school educations.Rather than returning to the public school system, the school’s teenagers learn through Web-based classes and participate in daily counseling sessions and drug-free activities, said the school’s program director Tina Barker.“The more long-term sobriety they have, the better chance they have at life,” Barker said. “We want to get them through this hurdle in their lives. . . and get them in that new environment that doesn’t require drugs or alcohol.”
Fourteen teenagers have graduated from the school since it opened in 2006. The Oklahoma Outreach Foundation provides funding for the school’s operations and student treatment programs, Barker said.Students must already complete a rehab program before enrolling and must agree to follow a recovery plan led by the school. But each student’s situation is different, so overcoming a drug-addiction might be easier for some than others, Barker said.