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ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA TEEN CHALLENGE
Teen Challenge is a national network of faith-based rehabilitation programs founded by the Reverend David Wilkerson in New York in 1958. North Dakota Teen Challenge, located on a residential street in western Mandan, N. D., offers long-term, Christian residential treatment for adult men and women aged 18-80 seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Detox is not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
North Dakota Teen Challenge is one of North Dakota’s 22 (31 percent) of private, nonprofit treatment organizations. Prospective clients must fill in and submit an application form, which can take up to two weeks to process. All clients must have a physical exam before or immediately upon admission. Residents spend up to 30 hours a week in compulsory devotions, chapel, individual discipleship, and classes; there are also optional activities on top of this core classload. Individual counseling is offered on a bi-monthly basis.
It is also one of North Dakota’s 19 (26.8 percent) of long-term treatment facilities. The program lasts at least 12 months, split into four phases. Throughout the program, the focus is on spiritual and emotional wellness, rather than the psychological, psychiatric, or medical components of addiction. The program offers Biblical instruction, classes and other learning environments, and a supportive atmosphere.
In phase one, which lasts 12 weeks, residents attend classes and acquire tools to recognize and change their destructive beliefs and thoughts. In phase two, which lasts 12 weeks, residents dig deeper into their own reasons for drinking or taking drugs, and begin to heal the wounds incurred during their addiction.
Phase three, another 12-week block, sees residents turning their attention to the future, using their gifts and talents and creating solid sober lifestyles, while also learning more about Jesus. And in the final level, Transition, residents spend a further 12 weeks securing employment and housing and finding ways to give back to their communities.
A re-entry program provides aftercare in the form of regular mentoring or counseling, temporary housing, and help finding a local church.
The treatment staff consists of counselors and administrators that coordinate treatment. There are clergy members involved and more experienced clients mentor newer clients.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
North Dakota Teen Challenge is a large facility, with space for 60 men and 40 women in strictly gender-separate settings: communication between the sexes is banned. It is one of the 21 (29.6 percent) treatment programs for women and 22 (31 percent) treatment programs for men in North Dakota.
Residents sleep in dorms and complete daily chores. In their spare time, they may go to the full on-site gym, use an Xbox, read, or use the phone, though phone time is limited. Among the center's favored leisure activities is a choir that travels to churches around North Dakota.
Families and friends are welcome to visit on Saturday afternoons, and at a certain point through the course, residents gain the right to make off-site visits. However, no girlfriends or boyfriends may visit.
Residents are required to be tobacco-free both on- and off-site. In addition, many medications are banned at the facility, including Suboxone, methadone, and other recovery-oriented medications.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has not received any alumni reviews about this location of the Adult & Teen Challenge. Secondary sites yielded mostly positive coverage at the time of this writing. On Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), 12 reviewers gave the center maximum five-star ratings. Reviewers indicated that it is an effective program with a faith-based focus. On Google, North Dakota Adult & Teen Challenge, Inc. has a 3.2 out of five star rating from six reviews. In the only negative review with written commentary, A.K. wrote: “It is a good program but it doesn't hold true to biblical truth in many areas. I know that lives have changed here but if you want to dig deep in the Word of God and into the meat of Scripture, this place is not it.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date would recommend North Dakota Teen Challenge. "They continue to help him stay on the right path and for that I am truly thankful," they wrote anonymously of their brother, giving the facility five stars for its treatment effectiveness and indicating that their brother had stopped abusing his substance of choice and improved his attitude, self-awareness, and career prospects.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com has not yet received any staff reviews about this location of the Adult & Teen Challenge. On Indeed, the North Dakota Teen Challenge has one positive review. "A rewarding and encouraging environment," wrote an anonymous employee in a five out of five star rating.
There's a $40 application fee, following which, clients must pay a $500/month lodging fee. The first monthly payment is due at the time of admission. For qualifying individuals involved in the criminal justice system, funding is available through the Department of Corrections.
Published on June 2019
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