Impact of
Teen Challenge

90% of Teen Challenge graduates are employed. 84% of Teen Challenge graduates attend church weekly. 86% of Teen Challenge graduates remain drug-free after graduation. The Teen Challenge programs have a highly successful "cure rate" which has been documented in multiple studies, including:   1. Health, Education and Welfare (H.E.W.) on Teen Challenge Training Center, Rehrersburg, PA, 1975-76, conducted by Dr. Catherine B. Hess.   2. NIDA Report, follow-up study based on the findings of the H.E.W. study by Dr. Hess 1975-76.    3. Elizabeth B. Robinson, “Therapeutic Community Treatment for Drug Abusers: Program Effectiveness of Teen Challenge,” completed in late 1981.   4. Teen Challenge of Chattanooga Survey of Alumni, Chattanooga, TN, by Dr. Roger Thompson, September 1994.   5. Northwest University, by Aaron Todd Bicknese, June 1999. 

Benefits of Teen Challenge

The benefits of going through the Teen Challenge long-term residential recovery programs are numerous. The effectiveness of the Teen Challenge program on students has been well documented by several independent studies. Some of the key factors that make Teen Challenge different from other recovery facilities include: 

  • Students are not in the environment that contributed to their destructive life-controlling problems
  • Students are in a controlled environment that helps them avoid substances and behaviors that have contributed to their self-destruction
  • Students are welcomed into a loving and supportive community
  • Students are mentored by others who have walked the same path to freedom and understand the struggle
  • Students confront the destructive thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that contribute to their life-controlling problems
  • Chapel services, Christian growth classes, church attendance, and mentoring facilitate the students' spiritual journey
  • Students are given the opportunity to cultivate habits of personal prayer and daily devotion 
  • Students participate in work programs designed to teach positive work ethic, responsibility, and pride in effort

Teen Challenge long-term residential programs last from 12-18 months. Upon graduation, most Teen Challenge students are equipped with what they need to stay sober, find employment, and continue their journey by connecting with a church. 

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