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Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge Adult Programs


Minneapolis Minnesota

Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge Adult Programs Review

David Wilkerson founded the first Teen Challenge Center in New York City in 1958. The Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge was created in 1983, with adult services adding to what are now 12 campuses across the State. The Christian faith-based and licensed chemical dependency programs consist of both long- and short-term licensed residential treatment and outpatient programs for teens and adults. Treatment is offered across five Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge campuses. Residential services are available to women at the Minneapolis and Rochester campuses. Residential and outpatient programs are offered to men at the Minneapolis, Brainerd, Duluth and Rochester locations, with residential treatment available to teen boys at Lakeside Academy in Buffalo, MN.

Accommodations and Food

Client numbers vary at each location. All together, 3,000+ clients are served annually. All accommodations are similar, combining residential and clinical needs. Clients typically reside in dual-occupancy rooms that contain twin beds and closets. Furnishings are functional, simple and not frivolous, with clients expected to keep living spaces clean.

Support staff prepares all meals, with volunteer clients assisting at various stages. Food is nutritious and home-style and while clients may bring snacks, they must be from an approved list.

Treatment and Staff

The faith-based program is for those over 18. This long-term residential program is 13 to 15 months long. Clients who take Methadone or Suboxone can taper from Medication-Assisted treatment (MAT) and receive continued medical supervision. Other types of medically supervised detox are available through a partnership with the Kai Shin Clinic.

Treatment is divided into four levels, with the first three aimed at recognizing destructive behavior, healing wounds, amending past actions, character development and spiritual growth. This is achieved through dual diagnosis  and providing a variety of evidence-based best practices, spiritual growth, individual counseling, and independent study topics. The fourth level includes assistance with employment, education and housing planning, relationship skills, support system evaluation, leadership skills and financial planning.

Master’s-level licensed mental health professionals and practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists offer dual diagnosis support through medication management and individual therapy.


The restoration program is for individuals that completed the long-term program but returned to their use. It is based on client need, usually around six months in length and provides greater emphasis on relapse prevention in a residential setting.

In Summary

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge provides individuals with quality treatment options ensuring psychiatric needs are not neglected. Combining therapeutic modalities allowing individuals to  benefit from an immersive continuum of care that allows them to belong to a supportive community that continues after treatment.

Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge Adult Programs Locations

1619 Portland Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

2 East 2nd St,
Duluth, MN 55404

2424 Business 371
Brainerd, MN 56401

1530 Assisi Dr
Rochester, MN 55901

100 Garrison Ave NE,
Buffalo, MN 55313

Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge Adult Programs Long-term Program Cost

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