Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Women’s Programs operates three residential treatment facilities for adult women under the worldwide Adult and Teen Challenge umbrella. Located throughout the northwest, the women’s programs are based in Missoula, Montana and Graham, Washington with a facility for women and their children (six and under) in Eugene, Oregon. The Teen Challenge recovery program is at least 12 months long, broken into five phases.
Teen Challenge is known for its Christian faith-based addiction treatment, which teaches that the key to abstinence from substance abuse is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Teen Challenge was founded in New York in 1960 by Pastor David Wilkerson and has since grown to more than 1,000 facilities in 95 countries.
Accommodations and Food
The Missoula Women’s Center is located in in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in western Montana. It is a single story building, formerly a senior living community, that can accommodate up to 15 residents. The Graham Women’s Center is located in southeast Pierce County, Washington—a rural oasis just 4o minutes from Tacoma. Nestled on five acres, this large home is warm and welcoming and can also accommodate 15 women. The Oregon Campus is located on six acres just south of Eugene, Oregon. The home offers comfortable space for up to 10 women and their young children.
Bedrooms typically come equipped with twin beds and a small amount of storage space in semi-private quarters. The Eugene location is also has cribs and toddler beds for the little ones. All facilities have phones, computers and living rooms with TVs. Residents take turns preparing meals and eat together family-style.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment revolves around daily chapel devotions, pastoral counseling, addiction recovery education, life skills and on-site vocational training—including kitchen management and food preparation—parenting classes and job skills training. Residents are also taught how to create resumes and search for jobs. Teen Challenge also helps clients obtain a GED if they did not finish high school.
The 12-month program consists of five phases: Phase I, the outreach period, where clients learn about the program through volunteers who conduct evangelism outreach. Phase II is short-term residential care, crisis intervention and referrals. This stage lasts one to three weeks. Women and children are given a place to stay long enough to meet the immediate crisis and to evaluate whether they need or desire the long-term program. Phase III is the induction stage, which involves three months of Bible Study in a structured living environment. Those who successfully graduate go on to Phase IV, the nine-month residential phase, where emphasis is placed on building good work habits, wholesome relationships with family, a local church and community. Phase V is reentry, which involves finding temporary housing, personal and family counseling and assistance in finding suitable employment and church fellowship.
Staff at the Teen Challenge Women’s Centers includes Christian counselors, volunteers and administrative staff, most of whom are graduates of the programs. It also provides its own training program for program graduates who wish to become counselors. Because Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization, not all staff are required to have a state counseling certification.
Occasionally, these programs escort residents on outings or hold fundraising events, like car washes, which help raise money for the program.
What Adult and Teen Challenge Women’s Centers offers is not traditional treatment as much as a total lifestyle makeover. This is a good fit for women seeking a Christian program rather than an evidence-based curriculum. The Eugene location welcoming women with small children is an added bonus for moms in recovery. The long-term time commitment and the Christian values may not suit everyone but this is a solid choice for women looking for faith-based treatment.
Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge
6220 SE 92nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Women’s Programs Cost: $2,100 (30 days). Reach Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Women’s Programs by phone at (877) 302-7149 or (971) 255-0658 or by email. Find Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge on Facebook
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