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Where Leaning on One Another is Expected and Supported

Alternative Peer Groups (APGs) are an important part of a student’s success and of the Kolbe Academy experience. Choosing the right APG for your family is an important decision. APGs provide each student with the emotional and therapeutic support they need to be successful in school. APGs also provide students in recovery with a new group of friends that provide alternative attitudes, values, judgments, processes and behaviors to support the necessary change to get well from the disease of addiction. APGs allow children to get out of the drug culture and to make new relationships and friendships with peers that aren’t part of the drug culture. It allows them to be adolescents without using drugs. APGs remove children from pressured peer group situations and puts them into a positive peer group with positive peer pressure. APGs present the student with the opportunity to live his or her life by a set of spiritual principles that encourages them to be sober and better than they have been in the past. It is a program of attraction where kids can have fun and talk about things comfortably with others who understand what they are experiencing.


For parents, APGs give them a place to vent through parent groups and parent activities, normalize what’s going on for them and give them a place to fit in. Parents learn tools to help live the rest of their life and also to help them learn and understand boundaries as parents.


The APG model offers:

  • 12 Step meetings for teens and parents
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Intense outpatient groups
  • Afterschool hangouts
  • Weekend social activities
  • Collaboration with referring clinicians