Teen Challenge’s goal is to effect change in a broad range of dysfunctional behaviors is far more comprehensive than the goals of most secular programs, which are generally limited to the reduction or elimination to drug/alcohol abuse. The study shows that not only is Teen Challenge is very successful in preventing relapse compared to STIs/AA, it is especially successful with traditionally hard to reach groups such as absentee fathers and some groups who are severely addicted prior to program entry.

These new found relational skills impart the ability to form healthy and productive relationships with others upon graduating the program, which in turn provides the social skills necessary in finding and using a network of contacts appropriately to further develop healthy and productive relationships.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Education beyond High School
19%
High School Diploma
52%
No High School Diploma
34%
Urban Residents
81%
Fathers
56%
Married
25%
Divorced, separated or widowed
19%
Never Married
56%

Employment and Relapse

Teen Challenge graduates were employed at far higher rate than their STJ/AA counterparts. Teen Challenge graduates were much more likely to be living living normal lives holding down jobs and not needing further treatment. This is in spite of the fact that the general STI population is generally older, less ethnic, less urban, more educated, less criminal, and less severely addicted pretreatment, while Teen Challenge students have fewer productive pretreatment relationships, are using a greater range of drugs, are more severely addicted, and often come from more to difficult groups to reach.

Employment

Relapse/6 Months

STI Client Employment
41%
Teen Challenge
90%
STI Client
31.4%
Teen Challenge
0%
*Referall to Treatment in Teen Challenge Sample and Matched Comparison Group*



Referall Source Teen Challenge Comparison Group
Family 43.9 16.9
Courts 22.8 22.9
Friends 21.1 11.0
Employer 3.6 1.8
Self (no other source) 1.8 22.9




Referall Source Teen Challenge Comparison Group
Social Workers 3.5 7.6
Physician 1.8 11.9
Mental Health Worker 1.8 10.2

Total

7.0

29.7