Teen Challenge International of Mid-America

Teen Challenge International of Mid-America


In operation for more than 50 years, Teen Challenge is a well-known, Christian-based treatment organization designed to treat individuals struggling with chemical dependency, as well as other “life-controlling issues.” Located in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Teen Challenge International of Mid-America is one of over 200 Teen Challenge locations and offers a long-term, residential program for men ages 16 and older. The facility does not provide on-site detoxification services.


Upon admission, clients (referred to as students) may complete an initial assessment to determine individual needs. The facility’s programming is designed to rehabilitate three life areas of its students: spiritual, academic and vocational. As a Christian-based recovery program, Teen Challenge International of Mid-America combines faith-based treatment with job skills training and academics to assist clients develop new patterns of thinking and behaving. The average length of the residential program is 10 months.

To address the spiritual component of treatment, core program components include peer-led Biblical studies, class lectures, daily devotional and prayer times, and five chapel services per week. During their time at the Teen Challenge International of Mid-America, students also attend regular group counseling sessions and participate in pastoral counseling sessions.

Academically, students may participate in General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) readiness classes, if applicable, as well as G.E.D. testing. Once a student obtains their G.E.D., Teen Challenge International of Mid-America helps facilitate higher levels of learning through community colleges, technical schools, and university studies. These academic services are also available to students who already have their G.E.D.

Vocational training is an integral part of the Teen Challenge program. Students learn valuable on-the-job vocational training through the businesses and services operated by Teen Challenge. According to the facility’s website, Teen Challenge of Mid-America primarily trains students in the areas of landscaping, car detailing and washing, assisting in the thrift store, and small engine repair. The vocational component of programming is designed to build basic job skills and instill a strong work ethic.

In addition to core programming, clients also participate in a range of volunteer opportunities, including outreach initiatives and choir participation, a popular activity within the Teen Challenge organization. Upon graduating, Teen Challenge of Mid-America invites students to become involved in the alumni association to receive ongoing support. The facility may also provide referrals for ongoing vocational training opportunities and community-based resources.


Teen Challenge programs do not typically employ licensed addiction or mental health counselors. Under the direction of Teen Challenge’s board of directors, Teen Challenge International Mid-America employs an executive team experienced with the Teen Challenge community. Some employees may be graduates of their Emerging Leaders Program or volunteers.


According to the facility’s website, Teen Challenge International Mid-America can accommodate up to 130 to 140 students. During their stay, students may not leave the facility except for approved home visits. Smoking and other nicotine products are not allowed at the facility.


While Best-rehabs.com has yet to receive alumni feedback to date, secondary sources revealed overall positive alumni opinions for the facility. On Google reviews, 17 reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars[1]. Many alumni cited the facility’s staff and faith-based approach as strengths. “Adult and Teen Challenge in Cape Girardeau has been an incredible help in my life. The staff are amazing and selfless,” Cory, a representative reviewer, wrote.


The sole loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing praised most aspects of the facility. Out of five stars, the loved one gave four-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options, the amount of family participation, discharge planning, and the treatment staff’s level of experience and training.”The staff and management were awesome,” the loved one wrote.


Teen Challenge International of Mid-America is supported by individuals, foundations, churches and businesses, as well as the revenue gained by the program’s business enterprises. If financially possible, students are asked to contribute a
donation to assist with the cost of treatment.

[1] https://goo.gl/XVMVJE

Reviews about Teen Challenge International of Mid-America

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  • A religious and self rewarding aura. workout equipment shortage. The staff and management were awesome.