The Camp Recovery Center Recognizes an Outstanding Teacher for More Than a Decade of Service

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The Camp Recovery Center’s Meadow Lodge celebrates the passion and commitment of Stephanie Spungen, a teacher who has spent more than 12 years inspiring adolescents in substance abuse treatment.

Education is vital for long-term sobriety because it gives young people something to work toward and feel good about in their lives. Through education and recovery, teens find hope.

In 25 years of providing substance abuse treatment to adolescents, The Camp Recovery Center has never wavered in its commitment to helping teens get their lives back through education and recovery. In honor of this commitment, The Camp’s Meadow Lodge is recognizing teacher and mentor Stephanie Spungen for more than a decade of outstanding service.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to recognize Stephanie, not only for what she does but also who she is,” said Rebecca Cable, MS, CAP, ICRC, CST, the adolescent program director at The Camp. “Stephanie is a teacher who loves her students and inspires them to love themselves. She takes adolescents who have been expelled, fallen behind in credits and lost all hope, and motivates them to graduate and take their lives back.”

Academics are an essential component of adolescent drug treatment at The Camp Recovery Center’s Meadow Lodge. Teens receive individualized lesson plans and complete 20 hours of academic work each week. They also have the option to continue with independent study after finishing their drug treatment program, which allows them to live in a sober environment while doing schoolwork, attending 12-Step meetings and working part-time or volunteering.

“Our school program draws many teens and their families to The Meadow Lodge, and is a major contributor to recovery,” noted Cable. “Education is vital for long-term sobriety because it gives young people something to work toward and feel good about in their lives. Through education and recovery, teens find hope.”

By attending classes during treatment, teens are able to earn enough credits to stay on track in school. Teachers are part of a multidisciplinary team that works to provide each adolescent with the blend of academics, therapy and experiential activities that will best prepare them for long-term recovery.

In addition to a fully accredited academic program, The Camp’s adolescent substance abuse program uses a variety of other methods to reach at-risk youth, including a ropes course, experiential therapies, individual, group and recreational therapies, and gender-specific and mixed groups. Families are also invited to participate in their child’s recovery effort, which helps teens stay sober and avoid relapse.

“We have 14 students graduating this month, and we owe much of our success to dedicated people like Stephanie, as well as our case managers, clinicians and other staff in the adolescent unit,” Cable said.

“We are so privileged to have Stephanie working with the teens at The Camp,” added Melissa Preshaw, the community relations director at CRC Health and the former executive director at The Camp. “Her longevity with the program speaks volumes, and her efforts have been instrumental to the success of the adolescent unit.”

Fellow staff members at The Camp’s Meadow Lodge couldn’t agree more. When asked about Stephanie’s contributions, her colleagues used terms such as integrity, enthusiasm, advocacy, kindness and creativity.

“Stephanie is our mentor and our jewel,” said Wendy Nolan, a case manager at The Camp who has worked with Stephanie for several years. “What I admire about her is the way she values each person’s individuality and believes that every adolescent has something special to offer the world. She shares in their triumphs and never fails to comfort them when they are faced with a challenge.”

Zoe Winant, another of the program’s adolescent case managers, added, “Stephanie has been an important part of The Camp recovery experience for many years. She cares deeply about the lives of her students, and provides stability for teens who often have a long history of instability in their lives. She makes it possible for them to succeed.”

As grateful as the staff at The Camp is to have Stephanie as a teacher and coworker, Stephanie is equally happy to come to work each day. “I teach the kinds of students I love, the staff is incredibly supportive of me and there’s never a dull day,” she said.

In addition to more than 25 years of experience working with at-risk youth, what makes Stephanie such an influential teacher for teens struggling with substance abuse is that she has walked in their shoes.

“I have found that the more I’m willing to share, the more the students are willing to share,” she said. “My message to teens is ‘If I survived, you will survive.’”

About The Camp Recovery Center

The Camp Recovery Center provides comprehensive detoxification, residential, outpatient and aftercare treatment programs for adults and adolescents struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. For more than 25 years, The Camp has been one of the premier substance abuse treatment programs in the country, providing a uniquely effective combination of therapy, medication management, 12-Step work, and recreational and experiential therapies to build a firm foundation in recovery.

The Camp Recovery Center is a proud member of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available.

For more information, please call (866) 515-5253 or visit The Camp Recovery Center.


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