Our 90-day addiction treatment program is where teenage boys recover from addictions and alcoholism. They live among male teenage peers, not mixed in with adults or girls. We treat substance abuse, alcoholism, and serious addictions to illicit and prescription drugs, gambling, pornography, or gaming.
New Adventure Treatment Center (NATC) is a fully Licensed behavioral health facility on our campus that offers addiction treatment. Addiction treatment is often a co-occurring situation in the lives of boys who are getting into trouble or failing in school. The drug and alcohol addiction treatment program (plus other addictions) is based on science, evidence and our experience of what works best in helping teenager get sober and stay sober. We pioneered addiction treatment for teenagers, and we continue to evolve and advance the use of evidence-based treatments in order to provide our patients with the best opportunity for lifelong recovery from substance use disorder.
New Adventure Treatment Center admits boys ages 14-17 1/2 who have serious substance abuse issues or addictions. Addiction and co-occurring behavioral issues or mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are addressed at the same time, providing an integrated treatment approach that offers our patients the best opportunity for lasting recovery.
Programs and services include screening and brief intervention, comprehensive assessment and evaluation, and inpatient addiction treatment, and family/parent education and support.
Many boys who come to us also have defiance and anger issues. It is understood that troubled boys may not be overly excited about coming to New Adventure Treatment Center. However, we require that prospective clients be informed in advance and choose to come here. Success is in part dependent on a patient’s willingness to get help. We will help you with strategies to get your boy to willingly come to our program.
We are a dual-diagnosis facility, so we incorporate trauma therapy, counseling for depression and anxiety, and other mental health services into the process for recovery and life change. To make the program more fulfilling and exciting for the boys, we incorporate adventure-based learning activities, equine-assisted therapy, play therapy, and other creative interventions.
New Adventure Treatment Center provides medication management and contracts with a local psychiatrist who also serves as the administrative medical director. We have nurses on staff as well as licensed therapists and counselors.
Effective Addiction Treatment and Therapy
NATC provides highly effective addiction treatment as well as individual, group, and family therapies. Students receive individual, group, and/or family therapy as well as access to psychiatric/medical services and assistance with medication management. Therapy, skill-building, educational assessment, experiential activities, social/recreational activities, spirituality, etc. are part of the recovery-focused interventions offered at this level of care.
NATC is an intensely Christ-centered program and offers intervention that is consistent with Biblical, Christian values. Moreover, our ultimate goal is to create life change in the boys in our care. Without life change, they will go right back to their addiction after a few days, weeks or months. Anyone can go through detox and get off alcohol or drugs for a short while, especially in a highly monitored environment. Our goal is to provide long-term recovery and lifetime avoidance of addictive substances once the boy leaves our program, even when hard knocks hit.
As the name implies, NATC provides Adventure based therapy and other non-traditional forms of treatment.
Fitness and Recreation
Our addiction treatment program is very active. We have a certified CrossFit gym, basketball court, a 15-element ropes course with dual zip lines, a fishing pond, and many other on-campus activities. We take advantage of the outdoors and regularly go camping, hiking, rappelling, rock climbing, etc. Our residents learn to integrate fitness and activity into their recovery and life management plan. They practice alternative/positive behaviors which support recovery.
Without a totally new mindset and life focus to fill the void, the boy will return to their addiction, again and again, ravaging their future relationships, trustworthiness, career, finances and their physical and mental health. The addiction will utterly destroy their future.
We focus our efforts on permanent recovery, no matter how long it takes. While the level of medical care provided in our addiction recovery program can be expensive, we work with insurance companies and community donations to help parents keep the out of pocket cost for that part of the program to a minimum.
We work on the underlying person, rebuilding them up from the inside out. Boys learn to “own” their mistakes, solve them, and not repeat them. Along with our staff, peers in the program are a critical force in showing the way, because these individuals who have been in the program longer and naturally mentor and want to lift up the newer residents.
If there is one thing that is common to all addicts it is that they have become the best of liars — to friends, employers, family and even to themselves. Moreover, they are blame-shifters, never taking responsibility for their own actions. Introducing Christ into their life also means introducing truth, where truth had become lost to them. Truth and transparency become a pivotal focus from this point forward, often taught with tough love, but always approached with acceptance, understanding and care. Eventually, the boy realizes that the only way to live is to put away their constant lies and approach life from the truth, with the help of Christ.
Boys come to New Adventure Treatment Center with life-controlling issues, destructive habits, dysfunctional behaviors, and/or mental health challenges. We endeavor to help boys manage their own behaviors. The focus is not on controlling them, which invites power struggles, but on empowering them to themselves deal with life-controlling problems, form new habits, develop healthy functioning, and manage emotional issues.
We believe that boys can and should take responsibility for their actions and lives. They are not merely powerless victims of circumstances or disease. They can make positive choices even in difficult situations and despite traumatic histories. Boys can, however, become stuck in destructive habits and dysfunctional patterns. It is our job to help the boys break free of these unproductive patterns, develop new life skills, and learn to manage their own lives in a way that is healthy and productive.
It should be noted that our emphasis on empowerment does not negate the need for structure, rules, or even consequences to actions. These things are necessary and help provide a stable environment for clients. Ultimately, they are in place for the purpose/goal of empowering clients to manage their own lives, behaviors, and emotions. We endeavor to help boys acquire the skills necessary to lead healthy, fulfilled, productive lives.
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Former Attorney General
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Founder, Prison Fellowship
“The Teen Challenge program succeeds when all of the government programs have failed.”
“Too many young [people] have already lost their lives. Teen Challenge works to change young people’s lives by changing their hearts.”
“In my opinion, Teen Challenge is doing the best all-around job of providing the kids with something meaningful in their lives. And that’s what they all need.”
Former US Drug Czar
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Past Director, AT&T Corporation
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Darren Reynolds, MA, is a tireless innovator and team-builder. He has worked with troubled youth for nearly 30 years. He became the Executive Director of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch in 1996. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling.