The Seven Challenges® Comprehensive Counseling Program

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This study examined the acceptability and effectiveness of The Seven Challenges®, a comprehensive substance use counseling program focused on decision making, compared with commonly provided, or “standard,” cognitive-behavioral substance use treatment implemented with a focus on abstinence. Results, based on data from 71 adult drug court clients, indicated higher acceptability of The Seven Challenges than standard cognitive-behavioral treatment as reflected in treatment satisfaction, honesty, and disclosure, as well as perceived impact of treatment. Results also showed that The Seven Challenges was as effective as standard cognitive-behavioral treatment at improving vocational engagement and was more effective at reducing substance use, related problems, and internal mental distress. The Seven Challenges was also effective at reducing criminal activity, whereas clients of the standard cognitive-behavioral treatment appeared to increase criminal activity. These findings strengthen the existing evidence base of The Seven Challenges as a comprehensive counseling program addressing substance use, mental health problems, and criminality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 1 2018


  • adult
  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • The Seven Challenges
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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