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EXCEL Academy of Texas
Conroe, TX

Recovery Month At Excel Academy Texas

Don Vardell
Executive Director

August 13, 2008

EXCEL Academy of Texas, the Sober Academy within the Youth Treatment Division of CRC Health Group will host a variety of activities, events and programming to celebrate Recovery Month 2008. On September 10th our normal 8am -3pm academic class schedule will be adjusted to accommodate a whole host of educational sessions, guest speakers, fun activities, 12 step meetings and events to support the company wide efforts to focus on recovery from substance abuse.

Beginning in the morning, students, staff and invited guests from the local community will be treated to an extra special breakfast buffet artfully prepared by Claudette Reid and her culinary team. No doubt Claudette's Jamaican heritage will come through and we have pleaded with her to make her soon-to-be famous bread pudding (a favorite of Executive Director Don Vardell). After breakfast our official program will begin with a guest speaker who has been in recovery for 38 years. Mr. Bob will share his experiences and uplifting, funny stories to help set the tone for the day. Immediately following that, students will move to assigned classrooms in our academic center where the EXCEL Academy teaching staff will facilitate a recovery knowledge competition between groups of students who will answer questions as a team from books such as "Getting Started in AA". Teams will be awarded prizes after lunch for the number of questions answered correctly. Prizes include off-campus dinners, pizza parties, and movie rentals to watch on weekends on our big screen TV in the "Lodge".

At noon, students, staff and guests will form a large circle in the center of our beautifully landscaped campus and participate in a simultaneous release of environmentally friendly balloons along with over 100 other CRC and Aspen Education Group programs. A Texas style BBQ lunch will immediately follow where again students, staff and guests will be treated to specialties including Claudette's Jamaican jerk chicken and twice baked potatoes among other local favorites.

The afternoon will consist of 12 step activities and meetings and a young person speaker at the end of the day. We know this will be a special day to enhance the focus on recovery from drugs and alcohol and support the efforts of EXCEL Academy students in their quest for sobriety.

EXCEL Academy of Texas is the only Sober Academy in the Aspen Education or Youth Treatment Division of CRC Health Group serving co-ed adolescents in the 9th through 12th grades. As such, we offer an unmatched program design consisting of full time, traditional teacher led college preparatory academics, daily 12 step meetings, weekly off-campus AA/NA meeting attendance, adolescent focused 12 step activities and meetings on and off campus, weekly group and individual counseling by licensed therapists, family seminars and sober fun activities. Students remain with EXCEL from one trimester (4 months) to a full year and longer and each academic and recovery focused plan is individualized based on the student and family's needs. For more information and current tuition rates, go to or call 800-260-9178.

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