Teen Challenge Exposed!
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Wayne Arquitte

Manlius, NY

#21 Nov 17, 2011
Well I recommend any teen challenge for you kid. But he's gotta wanna change.. The program works maricals. I'll be surprised I would recommend Vermont teen challenge.
concerned in Bakersfield wrote:
Do you recommend an alternative place in Kern County? It sounds as though my son would be worse off after attending Teen Challenge. I am a "christian" but my son doesn't even believe in the validity of the Bible and he is on a really bad path. I would not be able to send him to such a hypocritical place. His behavior is worse than the typical 15 year old limit testing (drinking alcohol, smoking, ditching school) and he was caught shoplifting alcohol today. It was his reaction that impacted us, or the lack thereof. "I am NOT being arrested"....more or less another "so what are you gonna do about it"?. We have done everything we can for the past 2 years and are on the verge of completely giving up. Our other 3 kids are suffering as well. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for having the courage to write that article. I wish you the best.
Wayne arquitte

Manlius, NY

#22 Nov 17, 2011
Well I can say I was adicted to pot huffing crystal meth drinking cocke crack. But I heard of teen challenge Vermont. They accepted me. I stayed there. It was the best place I could ever go to. It helped me get closer to god an uncover my sin that I was blinded to. Yeah I'm not going to lie it was hard. But I wanted to change key word wanted to change. U got to want to change! An let me tell u guys so
Thing else they don't threaten any one in the program. They guide them an show them the way they need to go on. If any one asks me I always tell the all about teen challenge!!! They are all a bunch of great guys an it's a great programn. An I tell u what go if u need help go to teen challeng they will help u get ur life back. God bless all the teen challeng staff the students
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#24 Dec 1, 2011
Anonymous said...

My best friend and I were in BONIFAY TEEN CHALLENGE for over a year in 2001/2002. In that time we got beaten with fist, pipes, pvc, chairs, boots, pretty much you name it, we got hit with it. Both of our knees are blown out due to extreme physical punishment by UNDERAGE employees called "DIIPS" which were students that were given authority as drill instructors. Later this caused both of us to be denied access to the military, which was a heavy blow to our plans at the time. We were "bad" kids back then which really translates into we were 15 years old and growing up with messed up families and extremely confused. We were made to understand that it was not our fault for being there, followed by a punch to the face or stomach. We would have severe platoon punishment at all hours of the night almost every night, which didn't ever allow for a full night of sleep, which was only about 5 hours anyway. I could go on and on with horrifying stories, but in the long run, we are both doing great. We are professional musicians and tour regularly spreading positive messages, but NOT because of this CONCENTRATION CAMP!!!!!! Oh, and when they made our food, it would sit on fly-covered trays for an hour before we would get to eat. This was due to a drugged out and under qualified kitchen staff. I WOULD STRONGLY CAUTION ANY PARENT CONSIDERING TREATMENT FOR THEIR CHILD TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP AND NOT THE HELP OF UNEDUCATED COUNTRY FOLK. Teen Challenge is a reputable organization, but the leader of bonifay- PASTOR DAVE RUTLEGE is a scumbag, and I say that with the best of intentions. We are both close followers of the Lord, but again,,, NOT BECAUSE OF THIS PLACE!!!! Try talking to your kid, don't reason with them. They are a kid afterall. Parents often act as if they don't know what to do and what I say to that is get your head out of your ass and listen to them and be involved in THEIR world, don't expect and immature child to conform to yours. With great honesty and integrity I say all of this. I hope this has helped reveal the works of Dave RUTLEGE and his country bumpkin thugs.~Blessings
1:19 AM, February 20, 2008
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#25 Dec 1, 2011
Anonymous said...

Teen challenge bonifay is a joke and yet every month there is 2 to 8new ''cadets'' coming in.Its crazy how they try to torture you into becoming a christian.The program just makes you more bitter towards god.I know students who been punched and then tossed through a glass window by a DI,i seen students get smacked because they cant do a pushup correct,bodyslamed and restrained because they broke possition of attention by looking around or spoke without given permission.Students giving authority as DIs to make you feel as much pain as possible by throwing boots at you and then they tackle you into the bunk beds,they even throw soap bars at you because you dident run fast enough,dents in the wall because of students getting slammed into it,there is still a boot scuff in the ceiling from a student being lifted up in the air and dropped to the hard floor the same floor they make you sleep on from time to time.Anybody can get a job as a DI there all the DIs there are lames with no lives.The DIs even provoke you to hit them.The good thing is children services have been visiting the ranch often and the program has been less abusive because they are affraid of being closed down.Pastor Dave and the assistant director Pastor Daves wife Barbara are both assholes and con artist.Thank you,have a nice day.
1:08 PM, May 20, 2008
Stop Teen Challenge Abuse

Spring Hill, FL

#26 Dec 14, 2011
WARNING: DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILD IN ANY TEEN CHALLENGE FACILITY OR ANY OTHER FACILITY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW YOU 24/7 ACCESS TO YOUR CHILD.

BEWARE: TEEN CHALLENGE IS NOT LICENSED OR REGULATED BY THE STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. There are no licensed or qualified counselors on staff because they are not required to hire them.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS IS NOT A TREATMENT FACILITY! YOU WILL NOT GET HELP FOR BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS OR ADDICTIONS BY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS. CHILDREN DO NOT GET HELP IN TEEN CHALLENGE. THERE ARE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF KIDS BEING ABUSED, BEATEN, STARVED AND BRAINWASHED AT TEEN CHALLENGE.

This isn't treatment and it certainly isn't Christianity, real Christians would NOT treat children like this!
michael

Bakersfield, CA

#27 Jan 31, 2013
Personally, i LOVE teen challenge, I think it is one of the most amazing places on earth. I was a full blown addict and it completely changed my life, I would go in a split second if i felt the need, I was as bad as anybody, straight up, I have never experienced more love and hospitality in my life.
RAUL SOZA

Fresno, CA

#28 Aug 27, 2013
stephen guidry GRAD OF TC wrote:
YOU ARE A FOOL FOR EVEN TRYING TO MAKE SUCH FALSE ACCUSATIONS!! YOU PROBABLY FAILED THE PROGRAM BECAUSE YOU CHOSE TO NOT FOLLOW THE SIMPLE RULES.NEVER ONCE WAS I NOR ANYBODY ELSE FORCED TO SPEAK IN TOUNGES,THE ONLY THING THE ASK OF YOU IS TO STOP BEING A SELFISH ADOLESCENT, AND START BEING MAN!YEAH BEING FORCED TO BE RESPONSIBLE REALLY SUCKS,THE PART THAT SUCKS IS THAT ANOTHER MAN HAS TO CHALLENGE YOU TO DO IT BECAUSE WE AS ADDICTS CANT SEEM TO GROW UP AND DO IT OURSELVES!THE PROBLEM WITH YOU PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BASH THE PROGRAM IS THAT EITHER YOU, OR YOUR LOVED ONE WHO GOT KICKED OUT FOR SNEAKING A SMOKE OR RUNNING INTO TOWN TO BUY DRUGS OR ALCOHOL,PLACED YOU HOPE IN MEN AND INSTITUTIONS,WHICH BY THE WAY BOTH HAVE THEIR FLAWS, INSTEAD OF PLACING YOU FAITH AND HOPE IN THE LORD!OH I ALMOST FORGOT THAT SOME OF YOU BELIEVE THAT ITS SUCH CRAZY TO BELIEVE IN GOD,OR THAT PEOPLE CAN BE HEALED THROUGH PRAYER,OR THAT SOME"MYTHICAL BEING" CREATED THE EARTH. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!! BELIEVING THAT BY STICKING A NEEDLE INTO YOUR ARM,OR A PIPE UP TO YOU LIPS, A LINE UP YOUR NOSE,OR WASHING A HAND FULL OF PILLS DOWN YOUR THROAT WITH A BOTTLE OF JACK, TO EASE SOME EMOTIONAL/PHYISICAL PAIN, HIDE SOME GUILT,GET SOME COURAGE,OR HIDE FROM A PROBLEM IS DEFINITELY A WISER AND MORE LOGICAL WAY OF THINKING! MY LIFE WAS CHANGED BECAUSE WHILE I WAS IN THERE I DEALT WITH ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE AND RULES,BOTH GOD AND BAD,AND I ALLOWED GOD TO USE THEM AS SANDPAPER TO SMOOTH AWAY THE CRAP I PILED ON MY CHARACTER AS A RESULT FROM BEING AN IDIOT. I LOVE THOSE OF YOU WHO DOUBT OR SLANDER MY BELIEFS,BECAUSE I WAS YOU AT ONE POINT, AND WHILE I WAS THAT WAY SOMEONE LOVED AND PRAYED FOR ME.
I HAVE HAD THE PROVILGE OF STUDING WITH STEVEN G. AND TRUST EVEY WORD THAT IS STATED HERE,.! YOU HAVE TO WANT TO CHANGE AND COME OF YOUR OWN FREE WILL IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL,... AND NOT SOME FOOLS WHO THINKS THAT T.C. IS FAKE OR FOR NOT YOU IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH SOME KIND OF ADDICTION. I TO AM A GRAD WITH MUCH MUCH SUCCESS,..! WELL PUT STEVEN, YOUR BRO RAUL SOZA
RAUL SOZA

Fresno, CA

#29 Aug 27, 2013
teen challlenge works if you want it to work,..! and not trying to work it,..! god will pluck out the so called fake-it-to-make persons,....keep up the good work brother. Steven guidry, IT WAS A PLEASURE OF STUDING WITH YOU,..!
steve g

Selma, CA

#30 Jan 24, 2014
RAUL SOZA wrote:
teen challlenge works if you want it to work,..! and not trying to work it,..! god will pluck out the so called fake-it-to-make persons,....keep up the good work brother. Steven guidry, IT WAS A PLEASURE OF STUDING WITH YOU,..!
you too buddy

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