How is Our Substance Abuse Treatment Center Different?
For nearly 60 years, the Teen Challenge addiction treatment centers have provided long-term recovery for tens of thousands of individuals. We are the largest and longest continuously operated group of addiction recovery centers globally, with over 200 centers in the U.S. and over 1,000 more centers worldwide. Columbus Women’s Rehab is a member of Teen Challenge Southeast.
Our substance abuse treatment center in Columbus, Georgia is an affordable addiction and alcohol treatment program for ages 18 and older. This year-long residential program provides peer-to-peer, group, and individual counseling, parenting classes, spiritual inspiration, relapse prevention, anger management, drug and alcohol education, recreational opportunities, and vocational rehabilitation.
We are single-gender and have a safe, clean, healthy environment, providing addiction recovery and recovery. Our caring staff is are well-trained, most having come through a similar addiction recovery program themselves. Each individual in our care is treated with compassion and respect. Those seeking help must follow our proven plan and be ready to commit to a full year of recovery and life skills training.
Our women’s substance abuse treatment center creates life change, for, without life change, addicts and alcoholics 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 individual leaves our program, even when hard knocks hit.
Addicts and alcoholics typically start “using” or drinking out of a personal need to cover up some internal issues, such as a need for love, success, forgiveness, belonging, acceptance, a spiritual void, or a lack of life purpose. The individual fills such voids in their life with drugs or alcohol, which provide temporary relief for the mental anguish. However, these substances will take hold and build a chemical dependency in their body, taking away any ability for the addict to stop on their own. The dependence becomes too powerful, and attempts to get off these substances can often lead to painful and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Once invited in, these substances can entirely take over the individual and their mindset, mentally or physically preventing them from stopping independently. The cost of maintaining a habit can sometimes cause the addict to turn to theft (even from their own family) or selling drugs, which can lead to jail sentences. Usually, the substances are needed in higher and higher quantities or more frequently to achieve the same effect until the addict overdoses or otherwise destroys their own body.
Without a new mindset and life focus to fill the void, the addict will return to their addiction, again and again, ravaging their relationships, trustworthiness, career, finances, and physical and mental health. The habit will utterly destroy them.
To unwrap the layers of addiction, we take several steps and cannot rush these steps. Once you understand them, you will see why it takes up to a year to accomplish. Typical high-cost, short-term rehabs are pretty convincing that they can solve additions in a much shorter period. They are a joke in the media — we often hear of celebrities attending one after another and never solving their addiction. That is because their life issues have not been dealt with.
Have you wondered why the rehab industry generally keeps their term short? First, because it is more palatable to the addict, employer, or family, the problem can be “fixed” quicker. Secondly, most insurance programs will only participate in the first 90 days. So, the expensive rehabs make the most money by having a revolving door, wreaking havoc on the individual and their loved ones. Addicts have to go back to short-term rehabs again and again until their loved ones have entirely run out of money. And in-between, the addict goes right back to their habit, creating a roller-coaster existence for them and their loved ones.
On the contrary, the Teen Challenge substance abuse treatment centers are operated as nonprofits, so our fees are low-cost. We focus our efforts on permanent recovery, no matter how long it takes. We keep the investment for the individual or their family to a minimum, seeking most of our operational funding from donations from the community. That support gives us enough time to work with each addict to transform their lives for good. And that is why Teen Challenge substance abuse treatment centers are so successful.
Why Addiction Treatment Can Take A Full Year
The first step is to recovery is detox. It is meant to purge the substances and their immediate control over the addicted individual. This alone can take weeks or even months, depending on the substance, in a highly monitored and daily tested environment. Withdrawal can be anguishing, challenging, and sometimes dangerous. The real work begins after detox is completed, but change cannot happen from a few days or weeks of counseling.
Change happens day in and day out, over many months, as individuals live in an environment where their lies, negative motivations, and improper actions are constantly challenged. It happens as the individual makes mistakes and is called out for those mistakes by the staff or peers that have been in the program longer. Time is the greatest tool in our arsenal, along with the wise counsel of our staff and spiritual renewal. The individuals in our program gradually learn to think and act differently. As in building any healthy habit, repetition is the key to long-term success, so proper thinking and actions become natural and automatic.
Our substance abuse treatment center in Georgia works on the underlying person, rebuilding them up from the inside out. The addict learns 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 the newer residents.
Deliverance = Reliance on a Higher Power
The addict has failed, again and again, on many levels. They know they cannot change on their own due to their feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and repeated past failures. So, from the very start of our program, a reliance on a “higher power” is emphasized. We believe in the life-changing effect that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can have on an addict’s life. None of us can change our hearts — we need to cry out to our Maker and put the hard work on His shoulders. Christ and the Holy Spirit become a constant companion to the addict, bringing peace, fulfillment, purpose, kindness, truthfulness, and a desire to be clean and do right.
At first, an addict or alcoholic feels unforgivable, like a massive failure for all of the hurt and damage they have done. But once they realize that Jesus Christ will accept them as they are and forgive them unconditionally, a whole new window opens up to them. They feel worthy of moving on and worthy of being renewed because God has forgiven them and has taken a huge burden off their shoulders. A deep desire wells up within them to also seek the forgiveness of others and to serve others. That is a critical step forward. Through Christ, they gain the strength and a burning desire to seek the forgiveness of others in their life that they have harmed. Surprisingly to them, others who see the change in their demeanor and attitudes are more than happy to forgive them, and that’s a huge relief.
Reintroducing Truth To the Addict’s Life
If there is one thing that is common to all addicts, 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 actions. Introducing Christ into their life also means teaching the truth, where truth had become lost to them. Most of our staff are former addicts themselves to see through the lies of the residents. Truth and transparency become a crucial focus from this point forward, often taught with tough love but always approached with acceptance, understanding, and care. Eventually, the addict or alcoholic 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.
Change Doesn’t Really Sink in Unless it is Lived
After several months, residents in our program are clean from drugs and alcohol, straight with God, and curbing the lying to themselves and others. But they still need a new path forward and a plan or they could fall right back into their old ways. The Columbus Women’s program, therefore, shifts toward introducing new positive elements into their life, including service, compassion, vocation, and a strong work ethic. There is still a partial void in the former addict’s life with their future and purpose in life. So, several months of hard work need to happen.
Confidence, poise, and a healthy vocation must be created for them, and we must gradually move outside of our facility’s protected, drug-free environment. Service work to the community teaches the residents humility, and yet it is fulfilling to them to produce something each day, no matter how menial. The result is initially done in groups, with each group member watching out for the others, all the while testing their resolve to stay clean and hold each other accountable. Menial work gradually shifts to a focus on finding a fulfilling vocation that the former addict can successfully move into after graduating if they had none previously. We help them get launched in that new vocation.
How Teen Challenge Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Charge So Little?
Teen Challenge adult rehabs, like Columbus Women’s Rehab, are supported by the community and recoup only a small part of their cost from the charged tuition. We have nearly 60 years of evidence that this model works, so the community gets behind us. We successfully transform individuals who were once slaves to addiction into vibrant, productive, and peaceful individuals who care for others. The community is, therefore, very grateful!
In a Teen Challenge Outcomes Study by The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- 92% of Teen Challenge graduates reported good to excellent health a year later.
- 86% of Teen Challenge graduates said they were drug-free a year later.
- 72% of Teen Challenge graduates continued their education upon completion of the program.
- 75% of Teen Challenge graduates were employed a year later, with 73% fully self-supporting.
Compare these numbers with statistics of most other short-term rehabs, which are typically in the single digits!
We do accept individuals who have been in trouble with the law or are in jail. Courts have allowed addicts time instead of prison because they know how effective our program can be to change hearts and lives completely.
We help the addict sprout new leaves and grow a new life, free of addiction and the pain that led them to addiction. We are all about planting the seeds of new life and helping the individual grow into a new creature in Christ.
We teach humility, care, trustworthiness, and the traits of a good worker. We help the former addict find a new vocation and rebuild their future. Having a solid plan keeps the individual excited about life and self-supporting.
What Graduates of Columbus Women’s Rehab Have to Say
“I grew up in a very loving Christian family. I was very involved in church. Senior year of high school I started to hang out with the wrong group of people. Once I entered college it got worse. One drug consumed my life, OxyContin, and any pain pill I could get my hands on. I lived for this drug day and night. My husband and I started to use this drug together. Even when I found out I was pregnant, the drug use just got worse and worse. I was so depressed, I had no hope. Eventually, I overdosed and ended up in a psych ward. We both decided to come to the substance abuse treatment center at Columbus Teen Challenge and God has just completely changed both of our lives. I have hope and a future now. I know that my son’s going to have godly parents now.”
“God has delivered me from the bondage of addiction, anger, fear, depression, and self-loathing. Teen Challenge in Columbus, GA made it possible for me to lift my head with real hope for the future. I used to depend on the bottle in my hand for survival, but now I’ve thrown the bottle away and I’m holding on to Jesus.”
“I was not brought up as a Christian. Intelligence and education were stressed as the most important things in life, so I became a very good student and had big goals for myself. At age 13, however, I was sexually assaulted. I then became rebellious and started experimenting with drugs, which became a lifestyle for me. By age 24, I started using heroin, which led to a 20-year-addiction and a lot of psychological problems. All of my dreams faded away and I was dying in my addiction. I lost my will to live and was completely broken.
At age 44, I had hit rock bottom and decided to go to Columbus Teen Challenge. After a few months there, my life was permanently changed. I finally felt God’s presence there and accepted Christ into my heart. Today, I never wake up sad or depressed. I’m happy to be alive and I have dedicated my life to serve Christ.”
“I was lost. I had no direction in life, no meaning. The life I knew was failing me. The things I loved to do became useless. I had begun selling myself as a prostitute to support my addiction. Accepting nothing but abuse my whole life, I knew I was worthless. I was searching and experimenting and finding nothing but hurt and self-affliction, so I covered it up with the drugs.
After coming to the Teen Challenge for women in Columbus, Georgia, I am filled with the joy of the Lord. I know my stains are wiped clean. Surrendering completely to Christ has been the best choice I’ve ever made. Everything I ask Him for help with, He has taken care of… most of all, He has restored me.”
“I grew up in a very blessed home, with parents who loved and supported me. When I left for college, I rebelled. I wanted to be accepted so badly that I did anything to fit in. My priorities went down the drain and I failed my freshman year. So, I joined the Coast Guard to escape my problems, but got arrested twice and fell harder into my addiction. I moved back home and got into a toxic relationship; two months later I found out I was pregnant, and the father fled. I was so lonely and lost and never thought I could have joy again. But I was wrong.
I came to Teen Challenge in Columbus and now I have a relationship with God. He has shown me His faithfulness, and He is restoring my relationship with my family. I can now say that I have hope and a new outlook for the future!”
“I was adopted literally and figuratively. First, at the age of 3, I had a family that I felt never really accepted or approved of me. I felt different, unwanted, unloved, and unimportant. I thought of myself as a mistake and never good enough. My mother was never really happy with who I was. Everything she tried to force me to be or do, I did totally the opposite. I started making bad decisions and fell into a life of partying and drug addiction. Then one night as I was crying in my bed feeling sorry for myself. I heard the Lord speak to my heart telling me that I am more than this.
After coming to the Teen Challenge rehab center in Columbus, GA, I now live and breathe for God. I have a reason to get up in the mornings. Now I am a woman with a purpose, and that purpose is to live for HIM. His approval is all I need because on Christ the solid rock I stand.”