Hope Academy nationally recognized for innovative solution to the addiction crisis

Addiction Policy Forum awards programs for saving lives

INDIANAPOLIS —  Addiction Policy Forum, a leading national nonprofit, recognized the Hope Academy in its Indiana Innovations to Address Addiction report, spotlighting innovative programs that address addiction and provide support for families and communities.

“The Innovation Now Initiative recognizes revolutionary innovators, such as the Hope Academy, that are transforming the response to addiction in Indiana and offering solutions during a time of crisis,” says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, founder of the Addiction Policy Forum. 

Hope Academy is a recovery high school for students in the 9th-12th grade. Students create a recovery plan and work with a recovery coach, recovery alternative peer groups and a peer specialist, and make a stronger plan if the student relapses. Hope Academy offers after-school programs to interact with a peer group, build life skills, participate in fun activities, and help students stay out of potential trouble.

“Recovery doesn’t happen just in one day, it is a process,” says Rachelle Gardner, Hope Academy Chief Operating Officer and co-founder. “Hope Academy helps students unpack the recovery process. It is a great honor to receive the Innovation Now award from Addiction Policy Forum for our recovery high school program.”

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About Addiction Policy Forum

Addiction Policy Forum is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Our national headquarters are located in Washington, DC with resources and services in every state.

More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.