ABOUT TEEN CHALLENGE - MIDDLE GEORGIA’S MEN’S CENTER
Founded in 1958, Teen Challenge operates multiple faith-based substance misuse treatment centers located throughout the U.S. While the organization offers programming for men, women, and young adults, the center in Dublin, Ga. exclusively provides residential treatment for adult men. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 44.5 percent of rehabs in Georgia offer a program specifically tailored to adult men.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Before beginning the program, residents must participate in a phone interview, provide a criminal history report, and submit lab results for infectious disease testing. Treatment lasts 12 to 14 months, making the center one of 51 treatment facilities in Georgia (17.5 percent of all facilities in the state) to provide a long-term (30 days or more) residential program in a non-hospital setting.
The treatment program consists of four phases: Induction, Discipleship, Training, and Transition. Clients’ progression through each phase is dependent on their meeting the curriculum requirements, as well as their social and vocational progress. All four phases are required to complete the program, and completion is subject to the discretion of the staff.
The program's curriculum is faith-based, combining religious studies with individual counseling, group counseling, and educational workshops. Through the center’s vocational program and community service opportunities, clients learn job skill relevant to janitorial, automotive, and restaurant management positions. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 49.3 percent of treatment facilities in Georgia provide employment counseling or training for clients.
According to the Teen Challenge's website, the Middle Georgia facility’s staff is led by a pastor and maintains a 1:7 staff-to-client ratio.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility has enough beds to accommodate up to 45 men. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, average number of designated beds at residential rehab facilities in Georgia is 33. Clients share bedrooms and sleep in twin beds. The center hosts monthly family days, and day and multi-day passes are available per the staff’s discretion.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The seven alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date submitted mixed feedback. Negative reviews tended to focus on lack of counseling options and ineffective treatment. “There is no counseling of any sort. There is no family weekly updating unless u can afford tuition. There are no classes. All of the food is out of date fod bank food,” L.J. wrote in a representative review. Positive views, conversely, characterized the treatment as highly effective, and several alumni praised the facility's faith-based programming.
Reviews on third-party sites tended to be much more positive overall. On Google, 11 reviewers provided an average rating of 4.1 out of five stars. On the facility's official Facebook page, which staff may manage, 33 people contributed to an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars. “Teen Challenge is the BEST organization in the world in helping men and women overcome life-controlling addictions!” Shell wrote in a representative review on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Like alumni, feedback received by Rehabs.com from seven loved ones was mixed. Positive reviewers echoed alumni who praised the facility, citing treatment effectiveness and the program's faith-based nature as strengths. “I have to say that this one must have something special, because my ‘person’ came out clean and on the right track,” one anonymous loved one wrote in a representative review.
Critical reviewers held the exact opposite opinion. “My son was forced to work many hours a week at a location that was off site and unsupervised. This is a Christian based program with very little teachings about God and treatment,” loved one M.S. wrote in a representative review.
The two loved ones who evaluated specific aspects of the program also had mixed opinions. Out of five stars, the two reviewers gave differing ratings on categories such as exercise and leisure options (one star vs. four stars), opportunities for family participation (one star vs. five stars), experience and training of the staff (one star vs. five stars), and the cleanliness of the facility (one star vs. five stars).
Of four loved ones who left reviews on Google or Facebook, three gave highly positive reviews, while one gave a highly negative review.
One month of treatment at Teen Challenge Middle Georgia is $600. The facility does not accept insurance, but some financial assistance may be available.
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