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experiencing a drug epidemic unlike anything we have ever faced before. As a treatment program, we see it everyday. It’s not just in large cities, it’s in rural areas and even in our schools. No community or demographic is immune. We are committed to raising awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Minnesota has the cheapest, purest, and most addictive heroin in the country. As a result, the number of overdoses have tripled in the past five years. Please take time to read our blog entries and news stories, watch some videos and stay informed by following us on social media.

john choi. the real john choi(2)“I can tell you [that] addiction is a factor in the majority of the cases I see come across my desk everyday. Today, in Minnesota, we are up against a growing problem; addictions to alcohol, prescription pills, meth, and maybe the most frightening of all, heroin. That’s why I am thankful for partners like Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. In my opinion, their full range of programs including intensive treatment, long-term residential recovery, and their prevention presentations, make Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge part of the solution we so badly need”
-John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney

    A new identity: Ashley's story
    May 17, 2016

    Thrill. Success. A Dream. I thought I had it all.

    In high school I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed. My family and older brothers were always supportive, but I was constantly working for their approval. I shifted my focus and passion to hockey and wanted to play at the University of Minnesota more than anything else.

    My whole identity was consumed in whether or not I succeeded. I did well, and was being recruited by other colleges, but none of them fulfilled the dream I longed for. The party scene never stuck with me because I had responsibilities and more importantly, my dream.

    When graduation and college came, the position I had idolized for so long was taken by someone else. I felt like all my work was for nothing, I had failed my parents, my brothers, my sister, and myself. I was crushed, and to fill the void I started partying.

    Four years later after a handful of jobs and most of college finished, I left school. The same feeling of failure washed over me again and I started drinking sun-up to sun-down just to feel okay. I was in an abusive relationship, and was running from the only supportive people in my life. I didn’t feel worthy of happiness. One night I got in the car, was quickly pulled over, refused a sobriety test, and told the officer to just arrest me. That was the first time I felt completely at peace — in jail.

    Since coming to Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge I’ve learned how to feel and cope again.

    I have my family back and my identity back. I was always a halfway Christian, but I was never all in with God like I am now. I have found my worth in the Lord and doing things for Him, rather than doing things to please others.

    Ashley is more than a year and a half sober. She is back in school getting her degree in Communication Studies and Ministry. She interns with the Mn Adult & Teen Challenge’s prevention program, Know the Truth, sharing her story with high-school and middle-school students across the state.

    2016 Annual Gala
    April 26, 2016


    Dear Friend,

    We are so grateful for your generous financial donations at the 2016 Minneapolis Gala! We had nearly 400 choir members, 120 volunteers and 1,600 guests come together to create an unforgettable evening.
    At Mn Adult & Teen Challenge, you are helping men, women and teens learn what it means to be “Wonderfully Made” and how to heal beyond addiction. Stories like those of Kelly, Kaylyn and Leo featured in the video are happening every day!
    Your support and desire to come alongside of us makes all the difference. Please continue to include us in your prayers as we help restore hope to so many struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

    With Gratitude,

    Rich Scherber
    Executive Director

    Take a moment to watch the video testimonies from the evening.


    We are so grateful for the donations we received for our silent auction. This part of the evening provided an opportunity for guests to buy invaluable items and experiences, like a dinner with Pastor Rich and Lynette Scherber or cutting boards and birdhouses handmade by the boys out at Lakeside academy.



    Congratulations to our raffle winner, Richard from Apple Valley, who went home with a 2015 Chrysler 200c, thanks to the generous grant provided by the Walser Foundation! Congrats, Richard, we hope you enjoy your new car! Thank you to all who bought a raffle ticket!


    We are grateful for the support of our community, as many influential voices spoke to the success they have seen in the programs of Mn Adult & Teen Challenge. A special thanks to Leah Mclean for her consistent willingness to emcee the event.12957573_10154049889823864_6693856633022012269_o


    If you took a photo with Mark Schultz in our Meet and Greet, you can find those on our Facebook page!

    Meet & Greet Photos

    What we are doing about mental health
    March 22, 2016


    At Mn Adult & Teen Challenge we believe mental health and addiction problems interact and aggravate one another.  “We need to meet both these important needs,” says Tim Walsh, Vice President of Long Term Recovery and Mental Health Services.

    Nationwide, over 40 percent of those requiring substance abuse treatment are also candidates for mental health care due to conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.  Still, most don’t get the care they require for both needs.

    While people get proper treatment for either substance abuse or mental illness, a 2013 national survey reported that a mere 12 percent of those with these co-occurring disorders received treatment for both.  At Mn Adult & Teen Challenge, we recognize that each person’s needs require individualized care, which is why we offer a variety of services.

    Tim Walsh references the Bible where Christ brings salvation and healing to the whole person. “He came to save us mind, body and spirit and to give us an abundant life. As an organization, the next question this leads us to is ‘what is an abundant life?’ What does healing in abundance look like for the men, women and teens we serve?”

    In November 2014, MnTC became a co-occurring treatment facility offering mental health services to ensure we meet those needs. Walsh describes one example of an evidence-based method used by our mental health staff, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).  DBT is a form of support that teaches clients to identify “internal lies, harmful thinking and behaviors, and move towards living in the truth.”

    “Our vision is that MnTC becomes as renowned in mental health services as we are in addiction treatment.”

    Now any client coming to MnTC with co-occurring mental health needs can receive the comprehensive help and support they deserve. “Our vision is that MnTC becomes as renowned in mental health services as we are in addiction treatment.”

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