David Wilkerson founded the first Teen Challenge Center in New York City in 1958. The Minnesota Teen Challenge was created in 1983, with adult services adding to what are now 10 campuses across the State. The Christian faith-based and licensed chemical dependency programs consist of both long- and short-term residential treatment and outpatient programs for teens and adults. Treatment is offered across five Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge campuses in Minneapolis, with services available to women only at this location. Residential and outpatient programs are offered to men at the Twin Cities, Brainerd, Duluth and Rochester locations.
Accommodations and Food
Client numbers vary at each location, from 60 men in the woods of Brainerd and 100 in Rochester. All together, over 500 adult clients are served. All accommodations are similar, combining residential and clinical needs in mostly secluded locations. 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 using a strict roster of chores.
Support staff prepares all meals, with clients assisting at various stages. Food is nutritious and home-style and while clients may bring snacks, they must be from an approved list. Caffeine, candy, weight-loss and muscle-building products are not allowed.
Treatment and Staff
The faith-based men’s 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) for up to three months and receive continued medical supervision. Other types of medically supervised detox are not available, though non-narcotic prescribed medications are allowed.
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 attending Church several times a week, participating at group Bible study, individual pastoral counseling, meditation and private reflection. The fourth level includes assistance with employment, education and housing planning, relationship skills, support system evaluation, leadership skills and financial planning.
The restoration program is for men that completed the long-term program but relapsed. It is based on client need, usually around six months in length and provides greater emphasis on relapse prevention in a residential setting.
Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge provides men with quality long-term treatment ensuring psychiatric needs are not neglected. Combining therapeutic modalities allows men to benefit from an immersive, Christian fellowship with a continuum of care that allows them to belong to a supportive community that continues after treatment. Clients can also join the choir, which performs most weekends at many churches across the region.
Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge Adult Programs
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
Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge Adult Programs Long-term Program Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge Adult Programs by phone at (612) 373-3366 or by email Find Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge on Facebook and YouTube
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