The Newport Academy Day School provides a safe environment for teens to stay anchored, ask questions when they don’t know the ropes and let their academic dreams set sail.
It’s easy for Jamison Monroe to transport himself back to the hallways of his fancy Houston prep school, but he doesn’t like to do it. As a teenager, Monroe was insecure and suffered from anxiety and depression. When he was a freshman in high school, he started abusing Adderall to help him deal with the pressure to perform. Then, to take the edge off, he turned to alcohol and marijuana.
Eventually, Monroe’s parents sent him to treatment. After rehab, Monroe returned to high school — and relapsed in less than 30 days.
“I know firsthand how hard it is to go back into a traditional educational environment,” Monroe says. “I even changed schools. But at the end of the day, all schools are exactly the same as far as the personalities, the insecurities, the demands of academics and athletics and extracurricular activities.”
For teenagers, school often sits at the heart of the relapse threat. When Monroe founded Newport Academy, a series of healing centers for adolescents and young adults suffering from trauma, mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse issues, he wanted to find a way for school to help keep students on the road to recovery.
Newport Academy Day Schools allow students to embrace new ways of thinking while continuing their treatment and recovery work. The Newport Academy Day Schools are located in Darien, Connecticut; New York, New York; and Newport Beach, California. Since the Day Schools opened in 2009, more than 40 students have earned a high school diploma.
There’s an old English proverb that says, “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” A school year is a lot like sailing. But instead of drowning in the waves, the students at the Day Schools ride out the ups and downs of recovery and the highs and lows of high school together. When they graduate, they have the skills they need to lead a healthy, happy life.
The first time Jake Giffin overdosed on Adderall, he told himself he would never do anything like that again. But he did — the very next day. A high school sophomore, Giffin turned 16 a month before he entered the inpatient residential treatment program at Newport Academy. After rehab, Giffin planned on returning to his old high school. He had his sights set on getting into a good college or university and didn’t think he could get there with an online degree from the Day School.
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