The Problem

The ultimate goal of all addictions is to enable the patient to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate goals are to free you from any type of addictions, improve your ability to function, and minimise the medical and social complications of drug or alcohol addictions. The Teen Challenge UK drug rehab enables you to find freedom from addiction. Fill out our free application form for more help and information; our service is free.

Any addictions are usually a way of coping with other problems to free one’s self from their problems. FREE addiction help is available here

When habits or behaviours such as alcohol addiction, drug taking, or gambling come to dominate daily life and people find themselves powerless to stop the chaos despite many promises to do so, then it is very likely that an addiction is active. Other addictions include shopping or spending, sexual activities, gambling, food, prescribed and illegal drugs, and even other people. There is a growing problem in drug addiction and alcohol addiction amongst young people.

Nearly all addicted individuals believe in the beginning that they can stop using drugs on their own, and most try to stop without help. However, most of these attempts result in failure to achieve long-term abstinence. Research has shown that long-term drug use results in significant changes in brain function that persist long after the individual stops using drugs. These drug-induced changes in brain function may have many behavioural consequences, including the compulsion to use drugs despite adverse consequences the defining characteristic of addiction.

Addiction Process

Firstly, the man takes the drug.
Secondly, the drug takes the drug (it will feed itself).
Finally, the drug takes the man.

Long-term drug use results in significant changes in brain function that persist long after the individual stops using drugs. Understanding that addictions have such an important biological component may help explain an individual’s difficulty in achieving and maintaining abstinence without Help. Psychological stress from work or family problems, social cues (such as meeting individuals from one’s drug-using past), or the environment (such as encountering streets, objects, or even smells associated with drug use) can interact with biological factors to hinder attainment of sustained abstinence and make relapse more likely. Research studies indicate that even the most severely addicted individuals can participate actively in help and that active participation is essential to good outcomes.

Selecting a drug rehab center is one of the most important difficult decisions you will make in your lifetime. Few of us know what to look for in a quality rehab program and not all drug rehabilitation centers are alike. Each drug rehab has its own program options, staff qualifications, credentials, cost, and effectiveness. There are no quick fixes for drug abuse or even alcoholism. Recovery is an ongoing process. The skills one learns during intensive rehabilitation help must be integrated into everyday life and this takes time.

Teen Challenge’s addictions programmes for substance abuse or alcohol is open to everyone both men and women who need addictions help. Wilkerson House Center in London is open to men only and Hope House Center in Wales is for women. Both are residential and the programme term is 12 months. The programme is FREE to enter.


Who we are

The Home Office found that up to 6% of 10-19 year olds belonged to a gang in England and Wales. The police estimate there are 3,495 gang members in London alone. Statistics from the London Ambulance Service revealed that in 2013 paramedics were called to help 973 victims under the age of 25 suffering from a gun or knife wound. Most of the injuries – 850 were caused by knives, with 123 young people being shot. In 2015 the number of fatal stabbings in the capital reached the highest level in seven years.

The E-gangs project was developed in 2012 as a branch of Teen Challenge London. We are a faith-based organisation and apply biblical principles in our work. Although we are faith-based, we are in no way faith biased and work with any person that requests, wants or needs our help.

We are committed to helping young people involved in gangs and gang related activities to exit gang life and reach their full potential in life.

Based on the Spergel model our aims are:




We provide programmes and services to gang youth and those at high risk of gang involvement by using outreach workers to actively engage gang-involved youth. Each worker is suitably trained and can also draw on their own personal experiences of gang involvement.

We recognise that for some individuals getting out of a gang can be extremely dangerous. That danger may extend to their children, their brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins, girlfriend/ boyfriend or family.

We provide an outstanding violence and drug prevention programme with high standards of delivery and effectiveness. Each youth undergoes a detailed assessment to determine their needs and develop an individualised, tailored care/service plan. Each plan identifies the specific risks and needs of the youth, a listing of family and community supports and resources that will be accessed. Each case management is person centred and each individual has their own mentor during the 16 week programme.

Aims and Objectives of 16-week Mentoring Programme (INTERVENTION)

  • To provide practical guidance and support away from criminal activity
  • To develop a positive outlook, changing attitudes and beliefs away from violence and crime
  • To provide opportunities for personal change, eg. Education/training/employment etc.

Mentoring is the key component to our work. It’s where we look at issues such as; conflict resolution, problem solving, peer mediation, gang resistance strategies, racism and culture, leadership, gender roles, bullying, family violence and addiction. Our vision is to see these young men and women  come out of gangs/offending/addiction and into freedom, reaching their full potential in life. The mentor is available 24 hours a day in case of crisis.

Teams currently work with gangs and youth in:
  • Aylesbury Estate, Camberwell
  • Frampton Park Estate, Hackney
  • Broadwater Farm Estate, Tottenham
  • Enfield and Edmonton

Prevention & Suppression


  • To maximise the potential of young people and to develop their sense of citizenship and involvement in their community.
  • To engage young people in their community (especially those who are at risk of gang involvement or social exclusion).
  • To act as a resource and a point of contact for young people to provide information, advice and guidance on education, training, employment, drugs, alcohol, bullying, violence etc.
  • To act as role models and provide a secure place (youth clubs) to play and socialise without the fear of negative influence or bullying.

Regular youth work is designed to address risk factors for youth at risk of joining gangs. We work with young people who are involved with gangs and those who live on estates where gang involvement is the norm. We impart skills and knowledge that allow them to make smart choices and resist gang involvement or exit gangs.

We work with kids in school and after school, mainly in youth clubs. We work with parents and provide family support intervention. We work closely with, and utilise the experience and resources of other agencies, eg. YOT, Probation Service, local churches (add list etc).

We are committed to making our communities safer. We believe that the way to achieve this is by working with the young person, one on one, motivating and supporting personal change, inspiring belief and imparting the courage to be who God always intended them to be. All of our workers are people of prayer and faith, and all have their own experiences of gang/drug/violence involvement. “We understand these young people and we believe in them.”

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.”  – Proverbs 24:11

“Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street” – Lamentations 2:19

“For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

What We Do!!!!

E-gangs is a grassroot charity based in London. We work with people aged 10 + who are caught up in street life, gang life or those possibly heading in that direction. We major on mentoring and employment support.

E-gangs offers help in every area required to exit a life of thinking that there is no future except on the streets. We expose the lie that once you have a criminal record there is no hope. There is hope and we provide proof in showing positive role models to that effect.

E-gangs is committed to making our communities safer and believe one of the ways to achieve this is by working with the young person, one to one, motivating and supporting personal change, inspiring belief and imparting the courage to change what they can achieve in life.

One of the keys to our success is support of the family unit. At E-gangs our motto is: Love never fails. At E-gangs our most important weapon is love. We work towards understanding these young people and we believe in them.

“At E-gangs our most important weapon is love.”

Paul Dayes, Founder and Director

If you think you — or a friend — may be addicted to drugs, talk to LGMI partner with Teen Challenge today. Apply to our drug rehab so we can give you the help you need free of charge. It’s especially important for someone who is going through withdrawal from drugs to speak with a professional counsellor. Withdrawal can be dangerous when it’s not monitored, all our services are free for any type of drug withdrawal.