Frequently asked questions:

How can I get help?
If you are looking to enter the Teen Challenge programme, you will need to complete an application form. Once you have completed the form, please email it to, or post it to either Sunnybrae of Benaiah (both addresses can be found on our ‘contact us’ page).

What is the age limit?
Teen Challenge UK centres accept adults aged 18-40.

How long is the programme?
The typical Teen Challenge experience lasts 12 months, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Emphasis is placed not on a time element, but on the evaluated progress of the student as to when completion is made.

Does it cost to go on to the programme and if so how much?
On entering the programme, all residents must pay a £75 entrance fee. The cost of your stay with Teen Challenge is then covered by a variety of different sources. Applications are made on your behalf for Government support upon entry.

If a person drops out of the programme can they receive a refund?
The £75.00 entrance fee is non-refundable.

Does an individual have to be willing to enter the programme?
Yes. Teen Challenge is a voluntary program.

How long is the waiting list?
The waiting list can change from week to week. Normally between 3 – 12 Weeks.

Do I have to participate in the religious aspects of the programme to receive services?
Prior to entrance all applicants are informed as to the faith-based nature of the programme and that, although entering Teen Challenge is voluntary, all aspects of the programme are mandatory.

Do you have centres for the whole family?
Teen Challenge UK does not operate any centres that treat entire families in residence.

Do you have centres for mothers and children and if so where?
Teen Challenge UK does not operate any centres that treat mothers and children in residence. However, our women’s centre, Benaiah, is working towards that.

Can I detox at your centres and if not where can I go?
Most Teen Challenges require that you detox before entering the programme. There are detox centres in most communities. Some centres have detox facilities, however, the ones that do usually have a longer waiting list.

Do Teen Challenge accept dual diagnosis or mentally ill patients?
Generally all individuals who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol tend to be dual-diagnosis. Teen Challenge is open to assist all who are able to function in a residential setting. We are not able to accept those who are using anti-psychcotic medications. However, Sunnybrae operates a self-administration reduction regime.

If I want to re-enter your programme do I have to start all over again?
That would depend on the circumstances under which you left. In most cases you would have to start all over again. If you want to go to a different Teen Challenge centre from the one you were originally in, be aware that the new centre will need to contact the former Teen Challenge for a follow-up on your activity during your stay.