The challenge program is a combination of prevention and treatment services. This is a combined effort between The Council for Prevention and Glens Falls Hospital’s Center for Recovery. We provide weekly group meetings, individual treatment with a LMSW, and challenging outings which vary in length and activity: hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, mini-golfing, etc.). Our program is strength based and promotes healthy relationships, group ownership, values clarification, and accountability for diagnosed substance abusing youth, ages 13-18. Within this setting, clients are able to try newly learned skills in a safe environment and navigate interpersonal relationships due to the unique, closed, group which lasts four months. We focus on skill building and taking youth outside of four-walled therapy while providing two staff to act as role-models and facilitators. We also incorporate families into therapy, conducting home visits and providing opportunities for families to have fun together.