"I think there's a lot more attention on this issue and the communities are able to rally around it more than ever before and I think people are just desperate to do something and help and this is a great way to do that," Nerad said.
They look and feel just like normal high schools. But the difference is the access to help available for students.
Counselors and professional addiction staff are on hand each day for anyone who may need to step outside of the classroom.
Nerad said they plan to have group sessions for all attending students because peer support is key to maintaining recovery.
She is living proof.
The 26-year-old was addicted to drugs and alcohol herself when she was 17 years old in Houston, Texas.
"The thought of returning to my old high school was so scary. Being surrounded by the same people, places and things," Nerad said. "I was fortunate that I got to switch high schools that allowed me to prioritize my recovery and that's what I needed at that time."
Nerad has sustained recovery for 10 years.
The Columbus school is aiming to be a tuition-free charter school. Nerad said that is important because they want to be available for anyone in need.
"Everyone in our country should be able to access recovery and that's not happening," Nerad said.