What is Addiction?

Addiction is characterized by a progressive loss of control over the use of a substance or behavior. The user becomes obsessed with it despite adverse consequences and often vigorously denies the existence of a problem if confronted.


The faith-based approach of Teen Challenge is that merely abstaining from addiction will not provide a lifetime of success; however, success can be achieved by replacing those addictions with a fulfilling and life-affirming experience with Jesus Christ. In other words, we believe that the void which people often attempt to plug with addictions can be filled, instead, with a new identity in Christ.

Lifestyle Addictions

Teen Challenge understands that there are many other problems, in addition to drugs and alcohol, that have the potential to do just as much damage as substance abuse. In fact, substance abuse is often symptomatic of a much deeper life-controlling problem.


Some of these include: poor self-image, violence, eating disorders and sexual addiction.

Underlying all of these life-controlling problems is a broken person in urgent need of compassionate, holistic, and empowering help. Teen Challenge, through our Christ-focused approach, offers the time and space for broken people to experience God’s grace.

Drug Addictions

Drug addiction is a progression that begins with one-time use of a chemical substance which leads to full dependency. At Teen Challenge we recognize that addiction is a serious and overwhelming issue – hopelessness can be debilitating. Abusing substances like meth, heroin, pills and alcohol is like racing down a path to destruction.


Change is possible with the right help. The path back to recovery may have detours and set-backs, but a new life is worth the effort.