ABOUT TEEN CHALLENGE BOSTON
Teen Challenge is a global network of Christian residential programs founded in 1958 by evangelical pastor David Wilkerson to provide treatment for people struggling with addiction. Part of the Teen Challenge New England and New Jersey Branch, Teen Challenge Boston operates one of the state's 91 (25.9 percent) long-term residential facilities.
Located in the Dorchester neighborhood, Teen Challenge Boston, according to the website, offers faith-based clinical counseling and life-coaching for drugs, alcohol, and other “life-controlling problems.” This is one of the just 185 (52.7 percent) male-only treatment centers in the state. Detox services and medication management are not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, the men’s residential program lasts 15 to 21 months. Residents who do not have a high school diploma are given an opportunity to study and earn their General Equivalency Diploma (GED); they must receive the certification before they can graduate from the residential program.
This particular Teen Challenge facility publishes little information about its program, but Teen Challenge treatment courses generally contain three components: Bible study, worship, and a work-therapy program.
Employment readiness and job placement assistance are key principles of Teen Challenge courses. This facility’s website indicates that clients are not permitted to hold outside employment during treatment. Instead, they work at Teen Challenge’s thrift stores or in its catering, construction, and furniture restoration services, learning skills that can be applied to job searches after treatment.
In addition to core programming, residents have the opportunity to participate in the program’s well-known choir and various outreach programs. Upon graduation, Teen Challenge offers alumni aftercare services, which include vocational support and referrals to sober living homes.
According to this facility’s website, most of its staff have ministerial or Teen Challenge qualifications, rather than mental health or medical credentials. Many staff members are in recovery and graduates of Teen Challenge programs. The sole individual surveyed by Rehabs.com to date provided five out of five stars for the level of staff support at this treatment center.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Teen Challenge Boston's living facility is a large, repurposed multi-family home set on a residential street in the Dorchester section of the city. Residents share bedrooms and use common areas for group discussions and study sessions. According to the facility’s website, clients are allowed to send letters after two weeks in the program, and phone calls are allowed at the discretion of the client’s pastoral counselor. Cell phones, computers, and personal money are prohibited.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Though Rehabs.com had yet to receive feedback from this facility's former clients to date, three Google users gave two perfect five-star ratings and one four-star rating. "Guys with no hope anywhere else are finding hope at TC-B," five-star reviewer S.D. wrote.
On the Teen Challenge Boston Facebook page, which the organization can manage, feedback is highly positive. Based on the 43 people (alumni, loved ones, others) who posted reviews to date, the center earned a high average of 4.7 out of five stars.
Many alumni mentioned the center saved their lives and praised the staff. In a representative review, Zack wrote, “God used this program to save my life and I will always be grateful for Teen Challenge and all of the Staff and Students in Teen Challenge.” Another alum described, "A great bunch of people that really show support and kindness at every turn, the brotherhood there is incredible and one of the most powerful elements of the program."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided extremely high ratings for this facility. Awarding five out of five stars for the level of family involvement, the counseling options, the center's holistic offerings, and the facility's treatment of both addiction and mental health, the loved one added, "He is now a Pastor."
With reference again to the Teen Challenge Boston Facebook page, most of the loved ones who posted reviews praised the center and gave the program high ratings. For example, Terri wrote: “I can't say enough about this program it's truely saved my son's life. The staff and brotherhood at this program are Amazing.”
According to the facility’s website, nobody is ever turned away based on inability to pay. Private medical insurance is not accepted.
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