ABOUT TEEN CHALLENGE RHODE ISLAND
Teen Challenge is an international network of faith-based rehabilitation programs founded in 1958. The various Teen Challenge facilities offer long-term, residential Christian discipleship programs for individuals struggling with drugs and alcohol and other issues.
Located on a pretty, commercial street in southwestern Providence, Teen Challenge Rhode Island offers residential support for women aged 18 and older; it is one of just 30 (62.5 percent) of facilities statewide that’s dedicated exclusively to adult women. Women are required to detox prior to their arrival.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The program lasts 15 to 21 months, split into five phases, each of which lasts at least three months and possibly longer, depending on the individual's progress. Relative to other facilities statewide, Teen Challenge Rhode Island is one of just 10 (20.8 percent) that offers 30 or more days of residential treatment.
Treatment at Teen Challenge is non-medical. Its discipleship-based program is built largely around Bible study, helping residents to develop the qualities of integrity, self-control, and compassion. The organization also provides life coaching.
In addition to helping its residents to overcome addiction by developing a relationship with God, Teen Challenge Rhode Island aims to provide its clients with life skills, for instance, by requiring them to complete their GED during their stay and by encouraging them to participate in a choir and drug outreach programs.
Work therapy is a big part of treatment, too: residents participate in “micro enterprises and work projects,” thus gaining work experience and developing a strong work ethic. Women have access to work training opportunities in jewelry-making, cooking, cleaning, working in a call center, and opportunity to form part of a drug outreach and awareness team.
After graduating from the year-long program, clients are eligible for an internship that takes up to another year and sees them complete work experience at Teen Challenge. The center also runs a six-month restoration program for clients who relapse after successfully completing the program.
The Rhode Island women's program was founded a reverend, herself in long-term recovery from addiction. Staff members include a program director and financial supervisor.
The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the facility four out of five stars for its staff's level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents live in a three-story Victorian home set on a half-acre corner lot, with plenty of businesses and amenities nearby. Many medications are banned at Teen Challenge facilities, including psychotropic medications. Contact with individuals outside of the program is strictly monitored, and all phone calls must be approved.
The same alum gave the facility five stars for its cleanliness, four stars for its meals/nutrition, and two stars for its exercise and leisure offerings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date, D.O. recommended Teen Challenge Rhode Island, though she felt the center's strictness made for a difficult living environment, and that the program was somewhat restrictive, not allowing, for instance, 12-step participation or other recovery programming.
“While it was difficult to live in such a restrictive and only God type environment, it saved my life and taught me character, discipline, and many other skills I desperately lacked. The staff showed me love," D.O. wrote, giving the facility five stars for its treatment effectiveness and its faith component.
Teen Challenge Rhode Island also has unanimously positive feedback on Google, where seven individuals awarded the facility 4.4 out of five stars. “God is doing miracles in this place,” E.D.R. wrote. “Amazing place. Absolutely able to change lives!” added N.L.
Though some families make gifts to the facility, treatment is provided free of charge, paid for by Teen Challenge's businesses, such as thrift stores, as well as by donations and fundraising.
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