Fort Worth Teen Challenge

2007 & 2011 Minnesota Studies

Between 2007 and 2009, 315 men, women, and youth graduated from the Minnesota Teen Challenge 12-month Life Care program. Wilder Research, an independent evaluator, sampled and conducted one-year follow-up telephone interviews with these graduates. In total, a representative sample of nearly 60 percent of those graduates was interviewed by Wilder Research staff. Their findings reveal that 74 percent of graduates reported no use in the six months prior to follow-up, while 62 percent of graduates reported no relapses since graduation nor use in the past six months …

2007 Minnesota Study

2011 Minnesota Summary

1999 Northwestern Study

The Teen Challenge graduates were selected from a nationwide sample comprised of adult non-adolescent male graduates of the three largest Teen Challenge programs: Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Riverside, California. While there is variation between these three centers, the curriculum, rules and general program structure between the sites are uniform.

The number of federal dollars appropriated for drug treatment has steadily climbed over the past 40 years, from $120 million in 1969, to $1.1 billion in 1974, to $3 billion in 1996. This dramatic rise in spending has occurred even though the current group of illicit drug users is half the size of the same group in 1979. Because of this mushrooming of funds in the face of a smaller target audience, in recent years the effectiveness and return on investment of these publicly funded treatment programs has repeatedly been called into question. How effective are these programs, and what kinds of criteria can be used to say a particular treatment is successful? The answers to those questions may surprise you …

1999 Northwestern Study

1999 Northwestern Review

1976 Pennsylvania Study

Prodded by the challenge of Pennsylvania Drug Officials to try and prove their 70% cure rate guesstimate, Teen Challenge started seeking funds for a research project. Their efforts met with success at the federal level with the National Institute of Mental Health. The following study was launched to study the success, measured by five variables: drug free, no legal involvement, employed or pursuing education, a part of a family unit, and participating in church activities …

1976 Pennsylvania Summary

1976 Pennsylvania Study


The success of each Teen Challenge lady is solely dependent on their relationship with the Lord and the healing that comes with that relationship. Over the years there have been research studies on the "success" of students after their time at Teen Challenge. While we believe that a person's success in their relationship with the Lord is not measurable, we can look at the data that shows sobriety rates and the student's ability to be a functioning member of society. Many new doors of opportunity have been opened for the Teen Challenge program through secular, scientific validation of the effectiveness of the spiritual dimension to the drug addiction cure. These studies reflect those findings.