Studies and Reports

Studies have shown an extremely high sucess rate for TC graduates.

Since Teen Challenge first opened its doors to drug addicts and alcoholics in 1958, Ten of thousands have come seeking help. While each Center will have different results and anecdotal evidence is often offered regarding the high success of Teen Challenge, three significant research projects have confirmed the effectiveness of the Teen Challenge approach to helping those affected by life-controlling problems. These studies support the contention of those who offer the suggestion Teen Challenge take its place as the largest, most successful faith-based program in the world

  1. Success is measured by results.
    Three Studies over the last 20 years verify the success of Teen Challenge:
  2. Studies conducted in 1975 by NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse), a branch of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare of the United States federal government , demonstrated an 86% cure rate for people successfully completing the Teen Challenge program.

 The 1994 University of Tennessee report concluded that:

  1. over 60% of the program graduates continued their education;
  2. over 70% indicated their current status as self supporting;
  3. over 55% have been at their present job for more than a year;
  4. over 87% did not require additional drug treatment;
  5. over 65% are involved in community activities
  6. over 90% reported good to excellent health. 
  1. Summary indicators of success include:
  • a stabilized life style, employment and financial independence,
  • absence of trouble with the police,
  • an ability to enjoy freedom and
  • productivity without supervision.

In 1999 Northwestern University, Illinois, USA

In June 1999, a comparative evaluation research project supervised by Northwestern University in Illinois, USA, once again showed that 86% of those who completed the Teen Challenge program have remained drug free. (Teen Challenge graduates from across America were interviewed).  The study took three years.*

There are currently 1060 Centers in 84 nations.