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What’s New in 2020

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“Pensacola Teen Challenge is a beautiful, spacious campus that provides a wonderful place for our students to heal and establish their new life in Christ” -Chris McKinney, Executive Director

Students Share their Stories of Changed Lives through Pensacola Women’s Campus

Pensacola Women’s Campus is one of the largest Teen Challenge Campuses housing up to 36 residences at a time. Here are some of the life changing stories alumni claim because of their time in the Pensacola Program.

Sara D.

“I don’t know where I would be without the foundation God used Teen Challenge to establish in my life. I am forever grateful.”

Hope B.

“God brought me to Teen Challenge and my life has been completely transformed.God has truly healed my heart from the pain of my past.”

Lauren C.

“My addiction led me to where I was facing 15 years in prison, but God stepped in! I am 17 months sober because of Teen Challenge!”

Pensacola Women’s Rehab Center New Campus Facilities

Our Women’s Rehab Center has a new roof! When you stay with us you experience growth in a safe, encouraging, welcoming community. We try to make our living space and dorms reflect those values.

Our Program in 2020 at Pensacola Women’s Campus


A NEW addition to our curriculum in 2020 is the Weekly Spiritual Emphasis Day. We want to provide every opportunity for students to grow. We’ve implemented a weekly spiritual emphasis day where students attend spiritual enrichment classes (sermons, worship, courses, and times of reflection) where pastors walk with them through their individual issues and needs.

Read more about what to expect in our curriculum

To ensure the needs of students are being met, we’ve implemented a 2nd phase with new curriculum. Some of the new courses and materials are:

1. 70X7 Finding Peace by Forgiving Others and Yourself by Bruce Wilkinson

2. Relapse Biblical Prevention Strategies by Mark E. Shaw

3. Captivating by John Eldredge

4. Navigating Your Finances God’s Way Compass

5. Addiction and Grace Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May, M.D.

6. Insights to a Life without Revival by Lisa Bevere

After Care Program

One of the core values at teen challenge is Continuous Improvement and we’ve recently implemented the After Care Program at Pensacola Campus. Teen Challenge provides an Aftercare program that starts with our students 60 days out from graduation. During this time the students begin to prepare for their future. They meet with their mentor and set goals. The goals are set in specific time frames. The time frames are 30-day goals, 60-day goals, 90-day goals, 6-month goals, and 1-year goals. Below are the categories in which the goals are set:

1. Finances

2. Vocation

3. Education

4. Housing

5. Spiritual

6. Legal

7. Other

Goals are all followed up on by our Regional Aftercare Coordinator through surveys that are sent. Through this system, we can see red flags that help us to be able to minister to our graduates an entire year plus outside the program! We also at the center level try to connect with our graduates regularly.

Another point to our Aftercare plan is that we ensure they are departing to a safe environment. We make sure it is a drug free, Christian environment. We also require them to be plugged into a church and recovery group. The individual must have accountability set up and a job lined up to the best of their ability.

Pensacola Women’s Campus has a Unique Work Program Experience

The highlight of our Work Experience Program involves our three Thrift Stores which provide an outstanding atmosphere for our students to grow in:

  • customer relations
  • work responsibility
  • and teamwork.

"NO WARRANTY" LEGAL NOTICE: While independent outcomes studies have shown very high recovery rates for indiviuals in our programs, we cannot guarantee recovery for any particular individual. Recovery and future abstinence from addicting substances and the effects that such substances may have on the individual or their life, actions, or their future are entirely dependent on the individual and how well they apply the principles we have taught them. We are an educational institution, and how the individual in our program learns from what they are taught and modeled here, is totally up to them. Individuals who stay the full term (until graduation) have much better long-term recovery from addicitons than those who do not.


FLORIDA, TENNESSEE AND CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS: Please note that Adult & Teen Challenge Centers in Florida are not-for-profit religious institutions, not licensed medical facilities, nor do they accept insurance. Rates are very low compared to for-profit rehabs. Outcomes are based on multiple outcomes studies over the past 50 years, including this study from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse.

UNLIKE A TYPICAL ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER: For 60 years, we have successfully inspired individuals to break free of their addictions and life-controlling issues. Our low-cost program is not an addiction treatment center — it is a residential educational program designed to reverse the destruction that addictions reap on relationships, careers and futures. We set the former addict on a new course in life with all new motivations and renewed respect, peace and care for others. In a safe, encouraging, drug-free environment, our staff (who are mostly former addicts themselves) work with each individual daily, showing them the way toward a more fulfilling life based on God’s forgiveness, love and purpose. Our model has proven to be highly effective for all addictions, bringing about maturity, honesty, humility, care, and life change. Medical detox may be required before enrolling.

"NO WARRANTY" LEGAL NOTICE: While outcomes studies for Adult & Teen Challenge centers have historically shown high addiction and substance abuse recovery rates, they cannot guarantee addiction recovery for any particular individual. Recovery and future avoidance of addicting substances and whatever effects that such substance may have on the individual's life, their future, their career or their friends or relatives are entirely dependent on each individual and how they apply the principles they are taught in the program.