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ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA ADULT & TEEN CHALLENGE
The Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, Pa., offers clinical and faith-based programming for adults and adolescents who are seeking treatment for substance abuse. PATC is one of the 241 facilities in the state that offer programming specifically for men. The organization also has a residential program just for women located at a different facility in the state.
Programs includes detox, short-term residential treatment, and long-term residential treatment. Restoration, an aftercare program, is offered through separate locations in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
PATC clients often begin their treatment process with a physical and behavioral health assessment to determine their needs. Clients in withdrawal begin in the detox program, which can accommodate up to 20 clients at a time. They are monitored by a team of medical experts around-the-clock, and transfer to the short- or long-term residential programs when completed.
Clients who opt for short-term residential treatment stay on-site for an average of 30 days. Treatment is highly individualized and aims to address each client’s physical, psychological, sociological, and spiritual health. Counselors use a strengths-based, motivational approach to treatment. Substance abuse education addresses relapse prevention, coping, and life skills. Clients also participate in group counseling sessions each day and individual sessions one to two times per week.
Long-term treatment is faith-based and incorporates the 12-step methodology. The 12-Step program is a preferred method for faith-based treatment and used in up to 48% of treatment facilities across the country.
Lasting between 11 to 14 months, the long-term program is divided into two phases. In phase one, clients reside at one of the organization’s “Induction Centers” where they, according to the facility’s website, “learn how to live a life free from life-controlling habits by studying the Word of God.” After four months, clients transition to the center’s main campus where they engage in Bible study and community service. G.E.D. programming is available for clients who wish to earn their high school diploma.
The center’s chief clinical officer is a reverend, certified alcohol and drug counselor, certified intervention professional, and a certified recovery specialist. The facility is also staffed by clinical nurses, counselors with experience treating addiction clients, and educational staff members that focus on academics and sober living skills. It is also CARF-accredited, which is a distinction shared by only 28% of the country’s facilities.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The short-term residential facilities are newly renovated and include a full-service dining hall and a gym. The housing facilities are for men only and are separated by age groups. Clients stay in shared rooms and have meals provided for them. Clients may also participate in academic activities on-site to work toward school credit.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the facility five out of five star ratings in most categories, including the level of staff support and leisure opportunities. The alum did indicate that they “could use improved holistic offerings.”
On Google, the Teen Challenge Training Center earned an average of 4.1 out of five stars from 18 reviews to date. Fourteen of the reviews were positive. The two most recent reviews were the most negative, with one alum writing that “Its a cult!” However, overall alumni described an effective treatment program with a faith-based focus.
On Facebook, which the facility can manage, the facility earned 4.4 out of five stars from 35 reviews. Some alumni wrote praised the faith-based focus. However, several alumni wrote about poor living conditions, such as Gregory who wrote: “Bathrooms nasty as hell. You had to walk through the pouring down rain to go eat.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, the feedback about Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge from four loved ones is mostly positive. Three of the loved ones would recommend the facility to others. One anonymous respondent described the program as “awesome.. Not only they help you phisically and psychologically but they help you spiritually." Another loved one appreciated the program’s life skills training. Three loved ones polled on the matters gave high four- and five-star ratings for the facility's discharge planning, the staff's level of experience and training, and its ability to treat co-occurring disorders.
However, loved ones generally provided negative ratings for its holistic offerings. One anonymous respondent felt that their loved one’s stay was not long enough to be effective. “He should have been there longer. He was clean only 3 months,” they wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staff member polled by Rehabs.com gave a positive recommendation of the center’s programming. The staff member gave five out of five stars for protocols training, the loyalty of the staff and patients, and the fair pricing. "They help you to see that you are stronger than you feel & that you are a better person than you thaught you were," the staff member wrote.
PATC accepts a range of private health insurance plans. It also is one of Pennsylvania’s 252 facilities that accepts state-funded insurance plans.
In an effort to solidify a change in clients’ lives, clients attend different events in the community focusing on different topics. Some of these events include an annual golf tournament to raise money for the facility. However, there are also monthly graduation ceremonies for the clients. Families are welcome to attend the ceremonies to celebrate clients’ achievements.
Published on November 2018
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