A Commitment To Education During Recovery
Clients should not have to choose between furthering their education and getting help for their addiction. At SOBA College Recovery, treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental disorders does not have to serve as an interruption to one’s education. We support ongoing education as a part of recovery, and are here to give clients the structure and motivation they need to pursue it.
Our Educational Advisors and Case Managers work individually with each client, assessing their current educational status and creating short and long-term education goals. They discuss many factors that contribute to how a client can go about furthering their education, such as past coursework, financial status, career goals, and what point they are at in our program as well as their recovery as a whole. Our Advisers help clients who were taking courses prior to coming to our program acclimate themselves back into student life, and help introduce first-time students to the different educational options offered. Once a client has decided they want to further their education, we work with them on every aspect of the process: applying to colleges, writing and editing essays, applying for financial aid, and utilizing local transportation to get to and from classes.
We aim to gradually reintegrate clients into living full and active lives, and for many clients continuing their education is a vital part of that. Our Case Managers work with clients to smoothly transition them into abundant, purposeful lives, and are careful to ensure that this transition does not occur too suddenly. We do not want clients to become overwhelmed, which often happens when people in early recovery try to make up for lost time and take on every challenge at once. We are careful to incorporate education into a client’s life as a part of the whole, while keeping treatment and recovery a top priority.
The SOBA College Recovery program offers several groups throughout the week that are specific to students and their needs. In these groups, clients learn about academic planning, syllabus management, and effective studying habits. We show clients ways to efficiently structure and budget their time, so that their academic pursuits do not cause them to feel overwrought or anxious. Clients also work with one another in these groups to share their experiences and suggestions, and most importantly to inspire one another to succeed.