Welcome to Sober School

Sober School is an voluntary Intensive Day Treatment Program operated by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. Our program accepts students between grades 7th through 12th, with curriculum that integrates Common Core State Standards and a Substance Abuse Treatment Model, The Seven Challenges. Sober School employs a holistic approach that is based on a thorough evaluation with the goal of empowering the student.


What makes Sober School different from a comprehensive education setting?

  • Sober School is a safe place for students to explore personal choices, psychological vulnerabilities, and personal recovery through support and services in an academic setting.

    Sober School integrates Common Core Curriculum and Substance Abuse Treatment through a focus on increasing personal awareness, prevention, and intervention.

    Sober School provides substance education, counseling services, healthy activities, and opportunities for school-aged youth (grades 7-12).

    Sober School affords students the opportunities to explore their lives and their decisions while gaining credits towards their high school diploma.

Sober School’s Seven Challenges

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  2. We decided to open up and talk honestly about ourselves and about alcohol and other drugs.
  3. We looked at what we liked about alcohol and other drugs, and why we were using them.
  4. We looked at our use of alcohol or other drugs to see if it has caused harm or could cause harm.
  5. We looked at our responsibility and the responsibility of others for our problems.
  6. We thought about where we seemed to be headed, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to accomplish.
  7. We made thoughtful decisions about our lives and about our use of alcohol and other drugs.
  8. We followed through on our decisions about our lives and drug use. If we saw problems, we went back to earlier challenges and mastered them.

Sober School Community – Utilizing the Seven Challenges Program

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  • Sober School staff and students place a special emphasis on creating a climate of mutual respect where individuals can talk openly and honestly about themselves. Staff and students explore and embrace diversity, while maintaining a collective focus on personal contribution. We engage young people in actively thinking about their alcohol and drug use, and its effect upon their lives, their community and their future.
  • Working through Sober School’s Seven Challenges helps youth understand what needs they are meeting by using drugs and alcohol, what harm they are causing, what risks they are taking, and what it entails to give up this lifestyle. We raise consciousness, inspire hope, and motivate internally driven, sincere decisions to change.
  • Sober School’s staff collaborate with youth and their families as problem-solving partners. We help young people address co-occurring issues and learn to meet their needs in positive ways. Once such decisions are made, we teach the tools and provide the support to ensure success.

Sober School Eligibility

  • Sober School has the following eligibility criteria:
    • A record of substance abuse that meets the medical necessity for treatment.
    • A history of serious consequences as a result of substance use.
    • A demonstrated need and desire for support in exploring themselves and their substance abuse.

Sober School Application & Enrollment Process

For more information regarding application process and referral contact:

Dr. Libby Madding

10801 El Camino Real
Atascadero CA 93422