Response from Adult & Teen Challenge to The New Yorker magazine

As stated by writer Rachel Aviv, Adult & Teen Challenge disputes the claims made in “The Shadow Penal System,” an article published in the October 18 edition of The New Yorker magazine. Due to privacy laws, our organization cannot comment on the specific facts of the cases mentioned in the article or shared anywhere else.

However, in order to grow and improve, Adult & Teen Challenge continually updates our accreditation standards to reflect best practices. These changes are instituted with the primary goal of ensuring that our students receive the best possible care at our centers, empowering them to graduate our programs equipped to live in permanent recovery from any life-controlling issue, including addiction. We unashamedly affirm that we are a Christian nonprofit driven by the belief that a relationship with Jesus Christ will lead to radical life transformation. This conviction, combined with other evidence-based support systems and structures, leads to success in the lives of those who graduate from our program.

Research demonstrates that Adult & Teen Challenge is an effective and lasting solution to many of the substance use problems plaguing our society today. In the past ten years, more than 25,000 men, women, and adolescents have graduated from our centers. Most of our graduates now live sober and successful lives. They have started or reunited with families, gotten involved in their communities, and are making a positive impact on their various workplaces. By the grace of God, Adult & Teen Challenge is helping individuals win the fight against addiction and other life-controlling issues.

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