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For six decades, Teen Challenge, the parent organization of Southeast Florida Women’s Rehab, has been a trusted source for overcoming substance abuse addiction. As part of the largest and longest-running network of addiction treatment centers globally, boasting over 200 centers in the U.S. and 1,300 worldwide, we have a proven track record of delivering long-term and permanent recovery.

Our Christian rehab center for women offers an affordable and comprehensive addiction and alcohol recovery program for women aged 18 and older. This year-long residential program encompasses peer-to-peer, group, and individual counseling, parenting classes, spiritual inspiration, relapse prevention, anger management, drug and alcohol education, recreational activities, and vocational rehabilitation.

We provide a safe, clean, healthy environment, focusing on single-gender recovery. Our caring staff, many of whom have successfully completed similar addiction recovery programs, are well-trained to offer support. Every individual in our care is treated with compassion and respect. Those seeking help must commit to our proven plan, dedicating a full year to recovery and life skills training.

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We aim to bring about lasting transformation because, without it, individuals struggling with addiction may easily return to their old habits within days, weeks, or months. While anyone can undergo detox and stay off alcohol or drugs temporarily, particularly in a closely supervised setting, our focus is on ensuring sustained recovery and a lifelong commitment to staying away from addictive substances. This commitment remains, even when facing challenges in life, after individuals complete our program.

Dealing with Addiction

Describing addiction as merely a “disease” doesn’t capture the full picture—it’s a surface-level label that addresses symptoms without diving into the underlying issues. While it’s true that drugs and alcohol impact the brain and behavior, these changes make it incredibly challenging for individuals to break free from substance use.

Addiction often stems from deeper personal struggles. People may initially turn to substances as a way to cope with internal issues like a need for love, success, forgiveness, belonging, acceptance, a spiritual void, or a lack of life purpose. Using drugs or alcohol becomes a temporary escape from mental anguish, but over time, it develops into a powerful dependency that robs individuals of their ability to quit independently. Attempts to stop can result in painful and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

Once addiction takes hold, it can completely dominate an individual’s thoughts and actions, making it difficult for them to quit on their own. The pursuit of substances may lead to destructive behaviors such as theft or drug selling, often resulting in legal consequences. The need for more significant quantities or more frequent use to achieve the same effect can escalate until the individual faces the risk of overdose or severe harm to their body.

Without a fresh mindset and a new life focus to replace the void, the person struggling with addiction may find themselves returning to the same destructive pattern, repeatedly harming their relationships, trustworthiness, career, finances, and overall physical and mental well-being. The addiction has the potential to cause profound and lasting damage.

Unwrapping the Layers of Addiction

Recovery takes time and involves several steps that shouldn’t be rushed. It can take up to a year to see real progress. Some fancy rehabs promise quick fixes, but we often hear about celebrities going from one to another without solving their addiction issues. That’s because they don’t deal with the deeper problems in their lives.

Christian rehab centerEver wonder why rehabs usually keep things short? Firstly, it’s easier for the person and their family to think the problem can be fixed quickly. Secondly, many insurance plans only cover the first 90 days, so expensive rehabs make more money by having people come back.

Teen Challenge is a nonprofit, so we keep our Christian rehab center costs low and don’t take insurance. Our focus is on making sure people recover long-term, no matter how long it takes, not on making money or having repeat customers. We keep costs low for individuals and families, getting most of our funding from donations in the community. This support lets us take the time to work with each person and really change their lives. That’s why Southeast Florida Women’s Rehab is so successful.

Why It Takes a Full Year for These Steps

The journey begins with detoxifying and breaking free from substance control, a process that can span weeks or even months in a closely monitored environment. Withdrawal is challenging, painful, and sometimes risky. However, meaningful change doesn’t emerge from brief counseling sessions—it evolves gradually through daily experiences over several months. Living in an environment that challenges dishonesty, negative motivations, and improper actions becomes the catalyst for transformation. Mistakes are made, and acknowledged by staff or peers, fostering gradual shifts in thinking and behavior. Repetition is key, allowing new habits to become natural and automatic.

Our approach focuses on rebuilding individuals from the inside out. Addicts learn to take responsibility for their mistakes and actively work on resolving them. Peers play a crucial role, in providing guidance and support. The extended duration is powerful, with longer-term participants naturally mentoring and uplifting newcomers, creating a community of positive influence.

Freedom through Dependence on a Higher Power

For those struggling with addiction, facing repeated failures, and overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy and guilt, change seems impossible on their own. From the outset, we emphasize the importance of relying on a “higher power.” We believe in the transformative impact of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ on the lives of those battling addiction. The acknowledgment that they can’t change their own hearts leads them to turn to their Maker, placing the heavy burden on His shoulders. Christ and the Holy Spirit become constant companions, bringing peace, fulfillment, purpose, kindness, truthfulness, and a desire to do good.

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Initially, addicts may feel unforgivable, burdened by guilt for the hurt and damage they’ve caused. However, the realization that Jesus Christ accepts them as they are, offering unconditional forgiveness, opens a new window of hope. Feeling worthy of moving forward and being forgiven, they experience the Creator of the Universe lifting a significant burden. A profound desire emerges to seek forgiveness from others, marking a crucial step forward. Through Christ, they find the strength and a burning desire to seek forgiveness from those they’ve harmed. Surprisingly, those witnessing the positive change in their demeanor and attitudes are more than willing to extend forgiveness, providing a tremendous sense of relief.

Bringing Truth Back to the Addict’s Life

One thing shared among all addicts is their mastery of deception — to friends, family, employers, and even themselves. They often shift blame, avoiding responsibility for their actions. Introducing Christ into their lives means reintroducing the truth that had been lost. Former addicts, having seen through their own lies, play a crucial role in keeping newer peers accountable. The program emphasizes truth and transparency from this point onward, sometimes delivered with tough love but always with acceptance, understanding, and care. Gradually, the addict realizes that embracing truth, supported by Christ, is the only way to live authentically.

Facilitating Lasting Change

Achieving true transformation after overcoming drug dependence and reconnecting with spirituality requires more than temporary measures. Beyond curbing dishonesty, our program emphasizes a sustained journey toward a new life path. This involves introducing crucial elements such as humility, compassion, vocational guidance, and a strong work ethic.

Over the course of several months, residents move from the sheltered, drug-free environment of our Christian rehab center to community service, engaging in fulfilling work that not only instills humility but also contributes to daily accomplishments. Beginning with group efforts that foster mutual support and accountability, the focus gradually shifts to finding a meaningful vocation. Our goal is to guide individuals toward a confident and purposeful future after graduation, helping them successfully launch into the next phase of their lives.

How Does Teen Challenge Charge So Little?

Our Teen Challenge adult rehab programs keep costs low thanks to strong community support. The tuition charged covers only a fraction of the program’s total expenses. With 50 years of proven success, the community rallies behind us, witnessing the transformation of individuals once bound by addiction into vibrant, productive, and peaceful members who genuinely care for others. The community’s gratitude reflects our program’s impactful outcomes.

In a Teen Challenge Outcomes Study by The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

  • 92% of graduates reported good to excellent health a year later.
  • 86% reported they were drug-free a year later.
  • 72% of the graduates continued their education upon completion of the program. 
  • 75% of the graduates were employed a year later, with 73% fully self-supported by earning their salary. 

Compare these numbers with statistics of most other short-term rehabs, which are typically in the single digits!

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    Legal Trouble?

    Our Christian rehab center does accept individuals who have been in trouble with the law or are in jail. Courts have allowed addicts time here in place of jail because they know how effective our program can be in changing hearts and lives completely.

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    Personal Growth

    Our Christian rehab center helps the addict sprout new leaves and grow a new life, free of addiction and the pain that led them to their addiction. We are all about planting the seeds of new life and helping the individual grow into a new creature in Christ.

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    Vocationally Focused

    Our Christian rehab center for women teaches 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 strong plan keeps the individual excited about life and self-supporting.


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