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New COS school helping teens fight addiction

New COS school helping teens fight...

COLORADO SPRINGS - A Colorado Springs school is giving teens suffering from addiction a second chance.

Landmark Community School in District 11 is combining academics and recovery to ages 14 to 19 years old.

The school says it can be tough for teens to go to residential treatment then return to class.

Statistics claim almost 80 percent of teens relapse within 48 hours after returning to their former schools.

Landmark Community says they aim to "end the cycle and stigma of addiction in the student at a time."

“The hope is they graduate and the trajectory of their life changes. Because they're living a sober lifestyle,” said Leslie Patterson, director of Landmark Community School.

However, there are some requirements needed to attend Landmark Community, which includes:

Referral from an approved representative

Consistent working relationship with a mental health counselor

30 days of sobriety

The new school is scheduled to open its doors on January 30.  

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