Learning to Grow Together
Teen Challenge Alberta is a 12 month residential care facility that helps men aged 18+ struggling with alcohol and drug addictions by teaching character and leadership skills through its curriculum and by encouraging clients toward a more healthy lifestyle.
Within this 24-hour program 12 clients and 7 interns live and grow together toward healthy lives free from addictions. Separated from influences that previously triggered the need to turn to drugs or alcohol, clients have the opportunity to start fresh in the company of others in the same situation. New clients are able to draw strength and encouragement from others nearing completion of the program. Lifelong friendships often
develop as a result.
Going through the program in the context of a community means that clients must learn positive conflict resolution skills and how to express themselves in a healthy way rather than by turning to drugs. Those in the program break old habits and replace them with new patterns of behaviour such as learning to be respectful of others, learning to sacrifice for others, and learning to be accountable to others.
Typically those in the program rise early and have little free time, due to a busy schedule of personal devotions, classroom time spent working through Teen Challenge curriculum, meals, counselling, work detail, job and life skills training and recreational activities.
While living in community at Teen Challenge, clients’ needs are cared for. For example, at the beginning of their program, clients are given the opportunity to “shop” for clothing from among the donated clothing available at the residence. Of course, they take these items with them when they graduate.