Ideas for Having a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

Wishing you and yours a happy & safe 4th of July from The Birt Group, Inc. and The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt P.C.  Below are ideas for having a great 4th!

The 4th of July is a great time for friends and family to gather and celebrate.  For families and individuals in transition, this can also be a difficult time.  However, with a little bit of preparation, all can have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Appropriate goal setting and preparing for change helps ensure a happy & safe 4th of July.  The few minutes it takes to set a goal and make a plan for any changes can be the difference between suffering negative consequences and creating positive bonds with others.

This 4th of July, some clients have created the following plans:

*Attend a celebration where alcohol is not consumed;

*Organize your own celebration at home;

*Split the holiday with other family such as celebrate with one family on July 3 and the other on July4;

*Do not consume alcohol and drive;

*Establish a designated driver and in the event of a change, have a number for a taxi cab in the event you cannot travel with the designated driver;

*Keep a list of supportive people that you can contact immediately should you need alternate transportation or positive support during the holiday.

Want help with goal setting and plans for change? Below are steps for setting appropriate goals and a plan for change.  For each step identify the following:

1. My problem is/are (create a list);

2. My goal for change is (create a statement such as, “My problem is ____________, my goal is to _____________(which addresses your problem);

3. What Steps I plan to take (create a list that helps you acheive your goal);

4. What can get in the way (identify possible barriers to achieving your goal);

5. People who can help me (list the people that provide you with positive support).

For assistance with goal setting and creating a plan for change, please consider contacting The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, P.C. for any family law needs or The Birt Group, Inc. for substance use counseling & DUI risk education and treatment services.

Arrested this 4th of July for DUI in Illinois? The Birt Group, Inc. offers Illinois DUI evaluation reports, Illinois DUI Risk Education, and Illinois DUI Treatment for Minimal, Moderate, Significant or High Risk Classifications.  Please contact The Birt Group, Inc. at 630-891-2478 to start DUI services. An early start is appreciated by the court.

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