The Seven Challenges®

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About This Program

Target Population: Adolescents and young adults who have drug problems, co-occurring mental health issues, trauma, and family issues

For children/adolescents ages: 13 – 25

Brief Description

The Seven Challenges® program, specifically for young people with drug problems, is designed to motivate a decision and commitment to change and to support success in implementing the desired changes. The program simultaneously aims to help young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems. The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counselors use the program to teach youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them. In sessions, as youth discuss the issues that matter most, counselors seamlessly integrate The Seven Challenges® as part of the conversation.

The Seven Challenges® are:

  • We decided to open up and talk honestly about ourselves and about alcohol and other drugs.
  • We looked at what we liked about alcohol and other drugs, and why we were using them.
  • We looked at our use of alcohol or other drugs to see if it has caused harm or could cause harm.
  • We looked at our responsibility and the responsibility of others for our problems.
  • We thought about where we seemed to be headed, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to accomplish.
  • We made thoughtful decisions about our lives and about our use of alcohol and other drugs.
  • We followed through on our decisions about our lives and drug use. If we saw problems, we went back to earlier challenges and mastered them.

Program Goals:

The goals of The Seven Challenges® program are:

  • Decrease drug use
  • Improve overall mental health
  • Improve relationships
  • Improve school/work performance
  • Increase awareness of past and present issues and how they relate to societal issues (discrimination, etc.) to help young people put their problems into a societal context and then take control of their lives and move past problems

Contact Information

Sharon Conner
Title: Director of Program Services
Agency/Affiliation: The Seven Challenges, LLC
Phone: (520) 405-4559

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: November 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2011