It was 4/20 last month and you probably saw it noted in the news. The date has become the unofficial holiday for pot smoking.
At ASAC’s CD+ residential substance abuse treatment program for teens, we celebrated 4/20 as a day of recovery with a positive alternative to smoking pot. Our staff and residents went bowling!
Clients chose their teams and team names. The Strike Outs were the winning team. Best team name went to 9 and a Wiggle. We celebrated with prizes for the winning team and high scores. Following are a few quotes from the bowlers:
“I had a good time at the bowling alley. It was weird being sober on 4/20 but honestly when I was there I didn’t even think about 4/20 or getting high, so thank you so much.”
“The activity was really fun. I never could picture celebrating 4/20 sober but I did and it felt good to be clean.”
“I did not think about using once. I liked that we got rewarded for our sportsmanship and the best team and player.”
“I am fairly new to CD+. Bowling on a team that chose me, instead of the other way around, gave me a chance to interact with some peers I hadn’t talked to much before.”
“To be honest, I had never thought that I could have that much fun! I enjoyed the sportsmanship qualities of all the teams that played and the encouragement from staff as well as peers. At least this was a 4-20 I can remember.”
“It was my first 4-20 sober in 3 1/2 years and I had a blast.”
“I believe the bowling activity brought us closer together like one big family and it showed how good and positive we can actively be in the community. It also makes you forget that we are in a rehab facility. Another thing was the cheering on by our teammates and getting to see the smiles on their faces.”
Between the changing legal landscape and days like 4/20 that attempt to normalize its use, talking to kids about marijuana can be challenging. For tips about what you should – and shouldn’t – say and how to say it, check out the Partnership of Drug Free Kid’s Marijuana Talk Kit.