The faith based answer to the drug epidemic

Lansing Teen Challenge


The following results have come from research conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse in 1975, and a comparative study conducted by Northwestern University in 1994. The most recent study, published in 1999, is a comparison of treatment effectiveness in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and was conducted by

Aaron Bicknese, PhD, of Northwestern University.

  • 86 % of graduates, after seven years, remained drug and crime free. This is opposed to a 6-7 % rate for secular programs.
  • 92 % of the respondents claim that Teen Challenge has had a significant impact on their lives.
  • 72 % of the graduates continued their education upon completion of the program. These areas include GED, college education, and Bible School.
  • 84 % of graduates attend their local church regularly.
  • They found Teen Challenge graduates were, “more likely to be living normal lives and not need further treatment”.
  • They found that students at Teen Challenge have an attitude of, “it is a privilege to be here (Teen Challenge)”.
  • 90% of Teen Challenge graduates were employed one and two years later, while 41% were employed after other secular programs.
  • 87.5% of the graduates did not need further treatment (90% considered themselves addicted to drugs upon entering the program).
  • 92% of the graduates reported good to excellent health, whereas only 59% of graduates of secular programs claimed good health.
  • 70% of the graduates reported that their family relationships have greatly improved since leaving Teen Challenge.

As a result of these surveys, indicators of success include: stabilized lifestyle due to a commitment to Jesus Christ, employment with a level of stability, financial independence, an absence of trouble with the law, an ability to enjoy freedom without the condition or supervision, and little need for additional drug treatment once completing the Teen Challenge program.