Use your brain, don’t abuse your brain, that’s what party safety is all about.
As the holiday season quickly approaches, so does the likelihood that teenagers across the country will find themselves in a party situation. It’s the perfect time to bring up the topic of risk awareness, and solid strategies to be able to protect yourself. When approaching this topic with my teenage clients, we discuss what I call the “P.A.C.K. Plan.” Below I’ve outlined the parts of this plan so teens and parents may discuss and agree in advance of any party plans.
PLEASE REMEMBER: FlickConnection and Tommy Flick, LMFT in no way encourage nor condone underage drinking and drug use. Due to the fact that these risk behavors exist and will continue to exist, FlickConnection believes there needs to be information distributed which can help parents and teens make safer decisions, thereby increasing the chances of being safe, staying alive, and truly enjoying the party experience.
The P.A.C.K. Plan
Plan: Who are you going with? Where are you going? What time are you returning home? Who knows of your plan (making sure it’s a safe adult who will keep their phone on and be available in an emergency)?
Assistance: Who is going to agree to stay sober? At least one member of the group needs to stay sober to assist in helping others make safe choices.
Counting: Every member of the group agrees to count their own usage and not go over a predetermined amount agreed on by the group (eg: the group agrees to stop drinking alcohol after two drinks and just drink soda).
Keeping: Keeping to the plan and keeping each other safe. This section requires that specifics of the Plan phase are honored. “Keeping” requires the designated driver or sober support to stay sober and not reliquish their responsibilties to self and others. “Keeping” also requires each individual to encourage personal safety by counting drinks/substance use and limiting their intake to the level agreed on when they were sober. All members of the group are not only responsible for themselves, but also for the safety of their friends.