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Trees of Hope: Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge

Baihly Warfield
Updated: December 07, 2018 06:45 PM

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge has been serving people in Duluth since 2006. 

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"Our actual mission is to assist men, women and teens in gaining freedom from chemical addictions," Executive Director Brandon Torgerson said. 

In the Twin Ports, they do that through three treatment options: short-term, long-term and outpatient. 

Women are welcome to join the community outpatient program, but right now, they only have the capacity to serve men in the short- and long-term programs. 

"A lot of them might come from jail or prison," Torgerson said. "Some of them come because their families kind of court-ordered them to come."

Others come because they are simply at the end of their rope. Treatment Director Becky Revier understands what that is like. 

"My brother had a significant addiction, and we thought that he would die," Revier said. "He was probably about 100 pounds, his teeth were falling out. It was methamphetamine." 

But he found the help he needed. 

"I love Teen Challenge because I know that it works," Revier said. 

She said it works because it's twofold. Teen Challenge treats more than the addiction. 

"Studies show that about half of people who have a chemical addiction also have a mental health disorder," Revier said. "When you treat one without treating the other, the one tends to make the other worse -- a waterbed effect, if you will. So as you're treating the one, the other goes up."

Maintaining both chemical dependency and mental health treatment requires support. So to continue their work, MNTC relies on generous donations. 

"It's over $14,000 a year for each person to be in the (long-term) program," Torgerson said. 

At any given time, there are around 50 men living in downtown Duluth, finding the help and hope they need. Soon, MNTC will be expanding, which means they'll be able to open doors for more men to find freedom. 

You can donate online now or call in to any of our Trees of Hope phone banks during Good Morning Northland and WDIO News at Five, Six and Ten.

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