Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:56

Teen Challenge Launches New Initiative

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“It Starts With Me” to spotlight individual roles in freedom from addiction

Free radio resources and interview opportunities available

Teen ChallengeOzark, MO, August 29, 2016, /Christian News Service / – In 2015 Teen Challenge adopted the new tagline “Freedom from addiction starts here.” This September during National Recovery Month, Teen Challenge is taking that further with the new “It Starts With Me” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to help spotlight the role that each person plays in helping loved ones find freedom from addiction. The responsibility for getting help does not lie solely with the individual abusing alcohol or drugs, but on their friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers who care about them.

As part of the campaign, Teen Challenge has created a free resource packet for radio stations to equip them to empower their listeners to take a stand against addiction within their circles of influence. Included in the resource packet are statistics, prevention tips, strategies for talking to loved ones about their possible substance abuse, and a contact for radio interviews. There are also videos from Dr. Tim Walsh, MA, LP; DPA, and Thom Olson, M.Div, addressing addiction basics like signs of addiction and how to stay sober, plus audio of compelling true stories and samples of Teen Challenge’s award-winning monthly radio features.

The resource packet is available at

Teen Challenge is a leader in recovery and is expanding services offered to include: non-residential-community based programs called LifeLine, training for inmates in state and federal prisons; additional mothers-and-children centers; expanded re-entry training; out-patient counseling and violence in the work place training. Teen Challenge works closely with government officials to offer recovery assistance in lieu of incarceration. Stay Sharp programs are available for middle and high school students focus on abstinence from drugs, violence, alcohol and premarital sex.

Teen Challenge’s media outreach includes daily radio spots on thousands of Christian and mainstream stations across the country. Each spot features the true story of someone in the Teen Challenge program paired with information about the program. On faith-based stations, this information is voiced by a Christian music artist or national ministry leader. All spots are free to interested stations and are distributed monthly in a variety of formats.

About Teen Challenge USA:
Teen Challenge USA is a nationwide ministry serving adults and teens whose lives have been affected by drugs and alcohol. Their 200+ Christ-centered programs offer help to over five thousand individuals every month. Teen Challenge’s residential centers focus on bringing people out of addiction through a year-long program that emphasizes discipleship and freedom through Jesus Christ. In addition, Teen Challenge provides a variety of evangelistic outreaches. Since beginning in 1958, the ministry of Teen Challenge has now expanded around the world to include 1,100+ ministry points in 110 countries. With nearly 25 million Americans suffering from drug addiction, Teen Challenge offers hope and healing to those in need.

Media Contact:
Joseph S. Batluck, Sr., D.Min.

President Teen Challenge USA International
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