Monarch to Open The Goodale School, Empowering Recovery and Academic Success for High School Boys

Teenage boy sitting on a rock near a creek in the woods.Monarch, a leading provider of behavioral health and substance use disorder services in North Carolina, is opening The Goodale School and Recovery Community, a therapeutic residential boarding school for boys ages 14 to 17 with substance use and co-occurring disorders, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Currently accepting applications, the program combines comprehensive clinical support for substance use and co-occurring disorders with an accredited academic program, family support and a variety of health, wellness and recreational activities to create an individualized recovery experience.

The Goodale School provides young men with a safe, caring, clinically-sound pathway to recovery, while providing their families with peace of mind. The program uses person-centered, evidence-based practices to directly address substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, trauma and grief, which often impact recovery.

The clinical program incorporates a real-life recovery model, which supports the development of coping, communication, decision-making and life skills as a foundation for lifelong recovery. Students gain self-confidence, self-awareness and resilience to navigate post-treatment challenges as they hone these skills with the support of program staff and peers.

During a 10- to 12-month stay at The Goodale School, students also participate in a fully accredited academic program which allows them to continue making academic progress while on the path to recovery. Through hands-on, experiential learning in small class settings, students explore their interests and receive transferrable academic credits.

“We know that young men have the best chance at successful recovery when they can commit to a program for a significant length of time,” said Philip Cummings, M.Ed., academic director. “But recovery does not have to come at the expense of academic progress. At The Goodale School, we have created a place where young men can focus on both their recovery and academics. Each plays an important part in their long-term health, wellness and success in life.”

The Goodale School and Recovery Community is currently accepting applications for enrollment. The program is open to high-school aged boys who have had initial substance use disorder treatment, typically through either a residential treatment or a therapeutic wilderness program. For admissions information, contact Philip Cummings at (828) 220-0040 or visit

“The Goodale School and Recovery Community is named in honor of Bob Goodale, a dedicated and visionary leader of the program and a passionate advocate for substance use disorder and recovery services,” noted Monarch’s President and CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune. “We are so pleased to honor his lifelong commitment to the recovery community in this way.”

Goodale is a former chief executive officer of Harris Teeter, a grocery store chain operating in several South Atlantic states and the District of Columbia, and the former Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. He has served non-profit organizations in communities across the United States.

The Goodale School and Recovery Community is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of mental health and substance use disorder services in North Carolina. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Monarch serves more than 30,000 people each year through comprehensive behavioral health services.

The Goodale School, located in Asheville, North Carolina, is a therapeutic residential boarding school for boys ages 14 to 17 with substance use and co-occurring disorders. The program empowers adolescent boys and their families to embrace recovery and gain the life skills needed to achieve their dreams. For more information visit, or call (828) 220-0040. The Goodale School is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of services to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders in North Carolina. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission. 

Media Contact: Laurie Weaver, Vice President of Marketing and Philanthropy, Monarch, (704) 986-1536, or [email protected].

Posted on: Wednesday November 11, 2020