The Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center is a bit of a misnomer since it only accepts male adults age 18 and above. Located in Sanford, near Orlando, it is one of many facilities operated under the Teen Challenge umbrella. Teen Challenge is best known for its Christian faith-based addiction treatment, which is less about addiction itself and more about finding oneself in Jesus Christ. This program is notably lengthy at a minimum of 12 months.
Accommodations and Food
The Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center location resembles a campus and can house about 80 residents, who live in four open-layout dorms with up to 20 per dorm. The dorms embrace minimalism, with little more than bunk beds and storage. As residents progress through the program, they gradually gain more privacy and eventually can live in semi-private rooms. Outside the dorms, residents can enjoy the green space of the campus as well as the weight room, basketball court and volleyball court. This facility has a television, but it is mostly used for educational purposes.
Residents eat together in the cafeteria and meals are rather simple, including burgers and fries, grilled chicken and vegetables.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at the Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center revolves around daily chapel devotions, pastoral counseling, addiction recovery education, life skills and on-site vocational training including kitchen management and food preparation, facility maintenance and repairs, janitorial, grounds maintenance, administrative assistance, light manufacturing and electrical skills training. Residents are also taught how to create resumes and search for jobs. Teen Challenge helps clients obtain a GED as well if needed. While this program emphasizes Christian faith above all, staff members choose Bible readings and educational topics that are relevant to overcoming addiction.
A typical day begins at 6 am with breakfast, followed by scripture, journaling and chapel service at 7 am. Residents then go to Bible study from 7:30 am to 10 am and have a break for recreation or personal time until lunch at 12 pm. After lunch, residents work on-site until dinner at 5:30 pm. After another short break, they head to chapel from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm and have a bit more personal time before lights-out at 10:30 pm.
In addition to the monthly cost, there’s a $1,150 induction fee and a $200 medical and bus fare fee. Work performed by residents can offset up to $1,050 of the monthly cost.
Staff at the Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center includes Christian counselors and administrative staff, all of whom are graduates of the program. There are about 18 staff members, including interns, while the staff-to-resident ratio can be anywhere from one-to-two to one-to-four. Because Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization, they are exempt from obtaining a state certification or hiring a licensed staff.
Occasionally, this program escorts residents on outings, such as to the nearby springs or lakes for rest and relaxation. They also frequently hold fundraising events like car washes, which give residents a break from their daily schedule to help raise money for the program.
Once residents finish the program, they can live in on-campus apartments for continued Christian support. They must work while living on-campus and continue living a Christian lifestyle.
Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center could be ideal for someone seeking a highly spiritual life guidance program rather than a strict addiction treatment program. The facility boasts a very high success rate, but this figure is a bit controversial in part because it does not reflect the rather high dropout rate.
Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center Location
3706 S Sanford Ave
Sanford, FL 32773
Central Florida Teen Challenge Men’s Center Cost
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