New Hampshire Teen Challenge Review
Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, Teen Challenge is a men’s only long term residential substance abuse treatment facility that offers faith based programming for adults 18 years and up. This facility is part of the Teen Challenge New England chapter, and was originally established in the year 2000.
Accommodations and Food
The residential facility was originally built in 1890 and is a two-story brick apartment building. There are up to 12 clients living there at once in shared bedrooms. There are several full bathrooms on site, along with offices, meeting rooms and dining room. The facility is located in the largest city in New Hampshire within walking distance to restaurants, local libraries and parks.
The organization receives food donations from private donors and provides the clients with three balanced meals a day. There is an employee who works at the facility to prepare and cook the food daily.
Treatment and Staff
Those entering into the New Hampshire facility of Teen Challenge are required to come into the program already free of drugs and alcohol. Since the program is not clinical, but rather educational, those who need detox process prior to admission need to go through that process with ample time before moving into the residence.
The treatment is holistic, which in this case points to the spiritual aspect of the program. Teen Challenge is faith based and relies heavily on the teaching of the Bible and Christian beliefs. The clients participate in many hours of prayer and church activities, including singing in the church choir. There is bible study and assignments and work at the foundations thrift store.
The programs are broken down into phases, and traditionally last up to about 15 months with the option to extend their stay if there is interest in becoming and intern and eventually a counselor with Teen Challenge. There are five program steps that begin with discovery and acknowledgement of the addiction, facing the problem, then actively beginning the healing process by committing to spirituality. Many clients come into the programs not have a background in Christianity, but leave faithful members of the church. During these phases of treatment, the clients reach out to mend broken relationships due to their addiction, reintroduce themselves to the community, receive vocational training or work towards their GED, and develop an aftercare plan.
Many of the staff members have been through the teen challenge program, as mentioned above, or come to the facility having experience working with young people with addiction and have strong ties to the Christian community. Though the counselors do have not clinical therapeutic training, they do have vast experience in spirituality.
The clients participate in recreational activities, like softball games, barbecues or participating in the Teen Challenge fundraisers, like the annual golf tournament.
Many of Teen Challenges clients come to the program after experiencing feelings of separation or abandonment and find the community at this facility be comforting and inclusive. Though some may struggle with the idea of a program that doesn’t view addiction in the traditional sense, but rather a moral issue, many have found these programs to be effective and remain sober for their lifetimes.
New Hampshire Teen Challenge Location
147 Laurel St
Manchester, NH 03103
New Hampshire Teen Challenge Cost
$750-$3,400 (30 days). Reach New Hampshire Teen Challenge by phone at 603-647-7770. Find Teen Challenge New Hampshire on Facebook
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