“I always say I have two recovery stories — the reason being that I have been in recovery as an adult and an adolescent. Because of this, I bring a very unique experience to the table as a person in long-term recovery. In my adolescent years, it took a village to help me maintain my sobriety. This was the very experience that helped plant the seeds needed to one day become a successful adult in recovery. For this reason, I am very passionate about supporting students as they navigate the process of being a young person in recovery. When I became a professional in this field, I was very disheartened to find that the supports that were in place during high school — the ones that actually enabled me to succeed and graduate on time —no longer existed. This village I mentioned above was imperative to my ability to remain sober until the completion of high school and entrance into college. I know what it takes to be successful as a young person in recovery; and I intend to recreate that village of support within Wellspring Academy so our students are supported in the best way possible on their recovery journey.”
Developing a school of this nature is not done alone. Wellspring would like to thank the following for their time, input and support:
In addition to academic support and development, Wellspring Academy is forming an Alternative Peer Group (APG) for the Academy. The APG serves as a vital component of support for students while at Wellspring Academy. The APG is a group of recovering young people who are actively seeking recovery supports, fellowship, and social and recreational supports — while engaged in an abstinence-based lifestyle.
The APG will include structured activities such as: support meetings, community service activities, recovery-oriented educational opportunities, and less structured events to promote fellowship that may include involvement in young people’s events both onsite and in the community.
COO, Wellspring Academy
Division Director, Substance Use Disorder & Recovery Support Services, Wellspring Lutheran Services