My name is Chris Love and I am an advocate for North Carolina’s’ FIRST recovery high school. Having struggled with substance use as an adolescent, it was an experience that changed my life forever. In an out of treatment centers and detox facilities I entered recovery at 19 years old. After being discharged from my 5th treatment center I returned to the place where a majority of my drug use and “associates” were located…. High school. Collaborating my high school diploma and recovery was challenging to say the least. A couple years ago I was introduced to The Emerald School of Excellence. When I heard of a high school offering adolescent the opportunity of education and recovery I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. I believe we all acknowledge this is a much needed service for adolescents struggling with substance use everywhere. Today I have 5 years clean and sober and believe this school WILL make a change in North Carolina. I believe this will begin to make High School a life changing experience for teens in recovery.