With facilities in Shafter and Bakersfield, California, Kern County Teen Challenge is a Christian-based non-profit offering residential treatment to both adults and adolescents. Though these facilities are California based, they are operated as part of the nationwide Teen Challenge organization with numerous locations throughout the country.
Accommodations and Food
The Kern County program has separate facilities for men and women, one in Shafter with 75 total beds for men and one in Bakersfield with 45 beds for women. Both have dorm-style accommodations in shared rooms with twin bunk beds, dressers and closet space. While both locations are set up similarly, the former is also a ranch-style facility in the country. Both also include on-site chapels, common living areas, administrative rooms and cafeteria-style dining rooms. Throughout their stay, all residents are served three meals a day.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning treatment, clients go through an initial intake and assessment to determine their needs. Because Teen Challenge is not a medical program, those in need of detox services should do so before coming to the program. While men’s and women’s schedules may differ, both programs include an initial three-month induction period where residents adapt to life at the facility and are oriented to the Christian faith. After that, they continue on to the rest of the program which lasts nine months.
Because the program is Christian-based, treatment is not rooted in evidence-based practices. Instead, clients attend group and individual sessions which cover spiritual topics, life and vocational skills and Bible-based teachings. Since the curriculum is largely self-developed, 12-step participation is not required nor is dual diagnosis support available.
The staff at Kern County Teen Challenge consists of alumni, volunteers, life coaches and spiritual counselors though none of them hold formal medical or psychiatric degrees.
Other services include community outreach programs including after-school activities, tutoring, drama classes, choir and other rotating subjects. Assistance for those trying to complete their GED is also available.
Overall, Kern County Teen Challenge is a decidedly religious take on drug and alcohol recovery. Though the program does not take a medical or psychiatric approach to treatment, it does offer extended lengths of stay and assists clients with securing employment upon leaving the program. Though it may not be an ideal fit for everyone, those comfortable with Christian-based treatment may want to consider Kern County Teen Challenge.
Kern County Teen Challenge Locations
650 Riverside Ave
Shafter, CA 93263
301 E Roberts Ln
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Kern County Teen Challenge Cost
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