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New Adventure Treatment Center Residents and Parents Testimonies

“Our son just completed the program on 7/1/17. We can’t begin to express how grateful we are for New Adventure and how it has impacted not only our son’s life but ours as well. He began there as an addict who was defiant and angry. He left as a kind, thoughtful young man with a purpose of pursuing God. We knew that only with God’s help would he be able to turn his life around, so we searched for a Christ-centered treatment facility. The love for God and the focus that was placed on God at New Adventure by the staff was far greater than what we could have imagined. We felt the genuineness of God’s love through each staff member. We give God the glory and pray for His blessings and protection on all of you. We thank you and the entire staff at New Adventure for the difference you have made in our son’s life.”

 — Parents of New Adventure Treatment Center Resident

Reid started doing drugs at age 13. It didn’t take long for things to start to fall apart in his life. By age 16, things were so bad with his family and day to day life, that his parents started looking into New Adventure Treatment Center. The first day Reid was supposed to be here, he locked himself in his grandparents’ home and refused to come out. Although several hours late, this family refused to give up and they finally reached New Adventure Treatment Center. Reid completed New Adventure Treatment Center in August of 2015. Before coming to the program, everything in Reid’s life was a complete wreck. Today, he is drug-free and has a great relationship with his parents. Reid joined YWAM (Youth With a Mission) in Kansas City after graduating. He is now overseas serving on a mission trip. After his time serving in this ministry, he plans to continue in training and become a missionary to the country of Greece.

Parents of New Adventure Treatment Center Resident

“Peter was doing all manner of drugs, angry and depressed. He was put on suicide watch on one occasion and attempted to destroy himself with an overdose another time. In late January 2013, Peter tested positive for drugs. The following Monday we took him to New Adventure Treatment Center  This was one of the more difficult things that we have ever done as parents. But in the long run, the best thing we could have ever done for our son. He had a major turn-around two months into the program and was willing to take responsibility for what he had done and make the necessary changes. Shortly after this he spontaneously wrapped his arms around his father and told him, ‘Thank you for putting me in New Adventure Treatment Center, it saved my life.’  We honestly did not think we would ever hear those words from his mouth, or ever get a hug from him. Today, Peter is attending classes at the local Community College and getting prepared to attend an outdoor leadership training school in preparation for international work. We love having him home and enjoy every day with our son who is almost literally ‘returned to life.’ We are convinced that he would not be where he is today without his time at New Adventure Treatment Center.”

 — Brian and Louise H. (parents)

“Okay, so a year ago on this day is when my life changed. The drugs, the partying, the turning up completely stoned stopped. After I arrived at New Adventure Treatment Center, I started adapting to it and saw the love that the staff had for the students and thought this Christianity thing was legit, so I gave it a chance and said Yes. That’s all that God needed for me to do before he came into my life and all the years of searching for this empty void in my heart was finally filled. New Adventure Treatment Center saved my life and if I didn’t go there I don’t know where I would be today. Thank the Lord I had a bold Mom and Step-dad who really wanted the best for me and cared about me so much to make this hard decision to send their kid here. I just want to thank God and my parents for saving my life and giving me a new hope and motivation and being drug free.”

 — John

“We needed help for our addicted son. We tried everything we knew to do to no avail. The schools kicked him out, wanting nothing to do with him. His addictions, anger and aggression were dominating our home and our lives. We lived in fear of him and for him every moment of the day and night. We knew we couldn’t do it without God’s help – but things were getting worse. Our first call to New Adventure Treatment Center rekindled the hope we had that our son could overcome, that God had a plan. Turns out that plan was for us to bring our son to Arkansas – twelve hours away. We now have our son back, the son who was always there – just hidden beneath all the yuck that consumed his life (and ours). The programming works because of the willingness of these special people who allow themselves to be used by God to impact the lives of troubled boys and hurting families. It is a true blessing to have found New Adventure Treatment Center. They will always be a part of our lives.”

 — Todd L. (parent)

“My son was struggling and spiraling down into the pit no matter how much love and support I tried to give him. He would try one drug after another, trying to make himself feel better about himself and looking to all the wrong people to connect to. What I didn’t understand was I could talk and talk, try the same thing over and over, then end up worse than before. At New Adventure Treatment Center, my son found a place where change and growing deeper in his relationship with the Lord was encouraged and fully available to him. God brought peace to my son and our home where there has only been chaos, and comfort where there was much strife.

 — Paul (parent)

“My youngest son was involved in drugs quite heavily; he was cooking meth as well as shooting up and abusing prescription pills, beginning at the age of 14. Ultimately he ended up running away and was subsequently found and detained in juvenile jail. I decided that I could not give him the help he needed, and as hard as it was to admit to myself. I chose to send him to New Adventure Treatment Center. Taking him there was what I considered to be the hardest thing I had ever done.  Today, he is not the same boy.  I will not say that he is the same person he was before he started using drugs either, because he is so much more now. I used to say ‘thank you’ profusely to all of the staff at New Adventure Treatment Center for helping him overcome everything, but he has been gone from New Adventure for over a year now and he continues to grow personally as well as spiritually and the New Adventure staff is no longer there. I have come to the conclusion that what New Adventure staff did…saved my child from what was sure to be him being dead or in jail by his 18th Birthday. He turns 19 in exactly one week and I can hardly believe it…for many years I have heard the phrase “All things are possible through Christ”. Now when I hear this or say it myself, I actually believe it. There will never be any words that can express my gratitude to each and every staff member at New Adventure Treatment Center for having the patience to slowly (and I’m sure at times, it was painful for them, because my boy is a very headstrong young man) lead my son back from the dark depths  he found himself to be in.  But somehow through their leadership and believing, they did!!!! For this, I thank God every day for leading me to New Adventure Treatment Center !!”

 — Shelli O. (Parent)

Joe was adopted at age two by loving parents who sought to raise him with Christian values, but that didn’t stop him from turning to drugs and delinquency. He was in the 7th grade when he started using drugs. It was at this point that his life started going downhill quickly. As his drug use continued, he grew more and more out of control and frequently ran away from home. Even a near death accident was not enough to cause him to change his life. His drug usage and running away continued. Joe’s parents asked that he be sent to New Adventure Treatment Center. The court order was given and Joe was brought to New Adventure Treatment Center. It took a while for Joe to embrace New Adventure Treatment Center’s help. In fact, he ran away his very first week in the program.  Although Joe’s journey was filled with difficulty and struggles, today he openly shares that God is the only option worth choosing for his life. He knows that he no longer wants the destructive life of drugs that he once had. He wants to follow God with all of his heart. God has done a transforming work in Joe’s life. With God’s help he has learned greater patience and self-control. He has recently began playing the guitar and is already leading public worship and singing praises to God. After completing New Adventure Treatment Center, Joe re-entered public school and has joined the soccer team. He continues a drug-free and full life. This young man’s life has been forever changed.

Parents of New Adventure Treatment Center Resident

Why does God want anything to do with me?” That was the question that Eric struggled with when he thought about all of the things he had done. Eric began using marijuana and pills in middle school. He eventually progressed to the point that he was taking drugs intravenously. We placed him in various detox programs and psychiatric facilities in an effort to get him off of drugs. Even though Eric’s dad was a police officer, we were at a loss as far as what to do for their son. Eventually, we made the choice to place Eric at New Adventure Treatment Center. Eric says that if he hadn’t come to New Adventure Treatment Center and found the Lord that he would either be in prison or dead today. He is thankful for this new chance at life and especially for his new relationship with God.

Parents of New Adventure Treatment Center Resident

“It was the best decision we have made in our entire life.  Our son’s life was saved from destruction on this earth and for eternity. The education was the finest he could have gotten anywhere.  He became a self-disciplined student with motivated study habits and finished with a 3.9 GPA. He now has the desire and compassion to serve in his community and church, as well as tutoring and mentoring younger kids.”

 — Parent of Former Student

“We had tried everything we could think of for our troubled son — tough love, Christian counseling, traditional church activities, and homeschooling.  But all were to no avail.  The program taught John self-control, physical work and teamwork, leadership skills and integrity.  John received love, discipline, forgiveness, and persistent mentoring from dedicated staff members. It was a God-send for our broken family…restoring our relationship with our son.  It is a place of hope, a place of love, and a place of renewal.”

 — Parent of Former Student  

“New Adventure Treatment Center saved my son and my whole family in the process. I will praise God every day for your work.”

 — Parent of Former Student

"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.

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.