Pastor Robert “Bobby” and Tracy Marquez
Adult & Teen Challenge New Mexico Executive State Directors
Mission Statement: Evangelize people who have life-controlling drug and alcohol addictions and initiate the discipleship process to the point where the individual can function as a Christian in society by applying spiritually motivated Biblical principles, and Behavioral Health services to relationships in the family, local Church, chosen vocation and the community, Adult & Teen Challenge New Mexico endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive!
Pastor Robert (Bobby) and his wife Tracy Marquez have served as the Executive State Directors in New Mexico since 2016. They have a tremendous heart for women and men trapped in cycles of addiction. Bobby struggled with a 20+ year addiction with drugs until God set him free through the power of Jesus Christ in the Teen Challenge program. Tracy fought her own battles with addiction and has found victory in Christ. They both share a passion for helping others find true and lasting freedom through the power of Jesus Christ, God’s transforming Word and the Teen Challenge principles.
Adult & Teen Challenge New Mexico (ATCNM) works extensively with adults age 18 and over. Most persons who arrive at our doors bring with them a tragic history of substance abuse and other life-controlling problems. At ATCNM the journey to sobriety includes attention to the spiritual needs of those who seek our help.
With a focus on the practical applications of Christian teachings, our students not only learn how to change deeply entrenched, self-destructive behavior, but to discover a new identity in Christ that makes these changes possible.
People who come to ATCNM not only receive a holistic approach to recovery from life-controlling problems, but acquire a new value system that honors family, takes responsibility for community, cultivates a positive work ethic, and helps them become productive, healthy members of society.
Teen Challenge, the initial name of the program, is a proven faith-based rehabilitation program, launched in 1958 by Pastor David Wilkerson. Now, with over 265 centers nationwide and a U.S. Government recognized cure rate of 86%, Adult & Teen Challenge relies on local community support to deliver its “Faith-Based Solution to the Drug Epidemic.”
Our residential discipleship centers house adult men and women at reduced cost to the participants and their families. We are able to offer this through our work therapy program, where individuals learn responsible work ethics and help support themselves while they are here. We also appreciate it when families can support their loved ones’ stay.
We ask that each participant ready to enter the program is tired of the life they have been living and ready to make a long-term commitment to the Lord and to complete the program. The individual, family, and the entire community benefit from the services provided by Adult Teen Challenge New Mexico.
At Adult & Teen Challenge New Mexico, one way we help clients create a productive livelihood and transform addictive habits into healthy ones, is through our work therapy program. This provides clients with Vocational Training in several different areas while being supervised by ATCNM staff. Some of the trainings we incorporate are:
Car Washes – Proper use of a Hotsy Power Washer
Thrift Store – Interact with the community creating communication skills, organizing and learning to work the register under the store manager
Ranch Hand – Building fence, creating resiliency
Cutting Firewood – Proper use of machinery, safety training and time management
Various other work calls – (Not limited to) Yard work/clean up, landscaping, deep clean houses and home renovations
A 12 to 15 month residential substance use disorder recovery program assists individuals in overcoming self-destructive patterns associated with substance use. This program incorporates various evidenced-based practices through a multidisciplinary team of mental health practitioners, counselors, chaplains and coaches to address a participants physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
3 month or 6 month residential substance use disorder recovery program assists individuals in overcoming self-destructive patterns associated with substance use. The first step towards a changed, healthy life.
It can be hard to take the first step. But from the moment you step through our doors, there will be staff here with no judgment, only support. Many of our staff have been where you are, and understand exactly what you’re going through.
Restoration Recovery Program:
6 month residential. Our restoration program is designed to help you restore your walk with Christ, reestablish your recovery and mend any broken relationships. Sometimes we get off track and we need a helping hand. A prerequisite is completion of a yearlong program within an accredited Teen Challenge.
Our Core Values
LOYALTY. INTEGRITY. VISION. EFFECTIVENESS. FAITH. COMPASSION. COMMUNITY. SERVANTHOOD.
At Our Centers.
In all of our programs, we focus on our clients’ recovery from addiction. In order to do this, our centers foster an environment of love, trust and respect. Our staff works alongside clients to uncover the root causes of their addictive tendencies and to create new patterns to replace old ones.
In the legal community, we advocate on behalf of our clients, working with probation officers and partnering with government, political and law enforcement officials. Many officials participate in forums – raising community awareness. In jails and prisons, we strive to help those struggling with addiction find the best recovery solution whether at ATCNM or elsewhere.