Date of Award

Fall 2013

Degree Type

Professional Project - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Public Service

Department

College of Professional Studies

First Advisor

Margaret Kendrigan

Abstract

This study explores the reasons for low retention rates at a faith-based drug and alcohol treatment program. Participants were 18 (10 female and 8 male) former program enrollees admitted to Teen Challenge Wisconsin between January 2010 and December 2012. Information was collected about the participant's program experiences, their demographic information, and characteristics previously studied as relapse predictors. Results indicated that the majority of participants had negative experiences with staff relationships, vocational training programs, and the expectations of the program, whereas the majority of participants had positive experience with the faith-based aspect and the mentoring program. These results may be informative for TCW and other treatment programs to modify their approach to adequately serve those who are struggling with substance abuse issues.

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