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Academic and Training Opportunities Guide for Recovering Addicts

Education in Addiction Recovery

Recovery is not just about breaking free from addiction; it’s about building a brighter, more fulfilling future. For many, pursuing educational opportunities can be a vital part of this journey. Today, we’ll explore the variety of academic and training opportunities available to those in recovery.

Benefits of Continuing Education During Recovery

  • Skill Acquisition: Education equips individuals with valuable skills, both for personal development and potential job opportunities.
  • Routine & Structure: Regular classes provide a sense of routine, which can be crucial during recovery.
  • Networking: Schools and training programs can offer opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and mentors.
  • Improved Self-esteem: Achieving academic milestones can significantly boost one’s confidence.

Types of Educational Opportunities

  1. Community Colleges: Ideal for those looking to explore different subjects or earn an associate degree.
  2. Vocational Training: Tailored for those seeking specific job skills, from automotive repair to culinary arts.
  3. Online Courses: Offers flexibility and a vast array of subjects. Suitable for those balancing recovery meetings and other commitments.
  4. Adult Education Centers: Provides opportunities for GED completion, language learning, and other foundational skills.
  5. Apprenticeships: A hands-on way to learn a trade while earning a paycheck.

Tips for Balancing Recovery and Education

  • Start Slow: Don’t rush. Begin with a class or two and gauge how it fits into your recovery routine.
  • Seek Support: Let your recovery community know about your academic pursuits. They can offer support, understanding, and even study tips!
  • Stay Organized: Invest in a planner or digital calendar to keep track of assignments and recovery meetings.

Embrace the Possibilities

Your journey through recovery opens doors to numerous possibilities. At Buckeye Recovery Network, we believe in the transformative power of education. Whether you’re rediscovering old passions or forging new paths, there’s an educational opportunity waiting for you.


Education can offer a renewed sense of purpose and direction. By acquiring new skills and knowledge, you not only enhance your personal growth but also increase your employability and self-confidence.

Many institutions have support systems in place for individuals in unique situations, including recovery. Always inquire about resources and be open about your needs.

Absolutely. Many scholarships are available specifically for individuals in recovery. Additionally, you might qualify for other financial aid based on need or merit.

That’s okay! Many adult learners return to education after a hiatus. Support services, tutoring, and orientation programs can help you transition smoothly.

Reflect on your interests, career goals, and how much time you can commit. Consulting with a career counselor or educational advisor can provide clarity.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.