No, but you will have an opportunity to participate in our vocational training which is a vital part of the program. At our vocational training sites you will have the opportunity to apply what you are learning in the classroom, rebuild your work ethic, as well as learn transferrable job skills.
You cannot bring pets, automobiles, or electronics with you to the program. Upon request, we do have a list of items which are allowed.
No. Teen Challenge is a nicotine free program. We endeavor to help you break ties with all harmful substances.
We work with students who have prescriptions from a list provided by a medical doctor. This annually updated list guides us in what we can work with in our recovery model. During intake and while in the program, any director can access the list of ‘approved’ medications. Consideration is made for incoming students who are taking a medication we cannot work with to bring a doctor’s order to change or alter the medication plan for the student upon entering the program.
Communication while in the program is limited to immediate family only. We find that any communication outside of this can be a distraction and take your focus off of the program.
Our Program is a minimum of 12 months long. We believe it takes a minimum of this long to develop a foundation and relationship with God as well restore your mind and body.
Our program only works if you finish it. Our program was started in 1958 and over the years we have learned that recovery is a process, not an event. We have to understand that years of active using can not be fixed over a day, a week, or even a few months. Addicts (and all human beings) tend to want instant gratification and it is easy to get discouraged if a person doesn’t see results as soon as they would like too.
Yes, we do accept homosexuals. Our program’s policies are based on biblical principles. While in the program, our students are expected to focus on recovery and growth instead of sexual pursuit.
We were founded by the Assemblies of God and are considered a home mission by that church.
In order to be successful in this program you should be teachable and open to God’s word. The power of Jesus Christ to transform is the key to success. Read, Pray and Obey every day.
You are going to need a week’s worth of clothing as well as several collared shirts and dress slacks. Alarm clock “without radio” is suggested. Laundry soap as well as toiletries is provided by the student or his family. Electronic devices are not allowed.