The nonprofit Teen Challenge of New Mexico offers rehabilitation training for troubled youth, including teens (ages 13 to 17) with alcohol and drug abuse problems and adolescents who continually engage in deviant behavior. The Christian ministry began in New Mexico in 1984; before that, the ministry of Teen Challenge USA was founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1958. Today, Teen Challenge of New Mexico serves as the state’s only Teen Challenge. The organization runs two live-in centers, one for adolescent girls and the other for adolescent boys.
With a 74% success rate helping its participants, Teen Challenge of New Mexico applies a multifaceted treatment approach that focuses on healing emotional wounds; on encouraging spirituality and life balance; and on promoting personality strengths, relationship building, and career building. Furthermore, an advanced personality trainer certified with the CLASSeminars Christian writers and speakers program also serves on staff and works directly with students.
Specialists from around the country recognize the effectiveness of the Teen Challenge approach. Dr. John Howard of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse stated that of all the drug abuse rehab programs that his commission has studied over the years, those grounded in religion-based treatment like Teen Challenge work best.