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Seven Challenges

The Seven Challenges (http://www.sevenchallenges.com) is a drug and alcohol cessation program/philosophy, distinctly different from the 12 Steps. Firstly, the philosophy acknowledges that many younger users/adolescents are not willingly trying to stop using and often find themselves compelled (by involuntary treatment, legal or other life challenges) to reduce use. The Seven Challenges mindset is that because substances often help alleviate emotional stressors, healthy adults - through purposeful, respectful interactions, can quickly help adolescents and young adults develop better skills and thereby provide options for previous obstacle situations. Individual and group counseling components are often included, but the model is highly flexible for the needs of the clients. This treatment model is used by a few of the treatment programs in the FCBHI.