Should We Make an Abstinence Contract?

Some reasons for employing an Abstinence Contract are:

  • It provides an incentive to avoid illegal substances

  • It is helpful if your teen is in a new school
    (This transition time can be difficult, so a contract provides a strong foundation for your teen in this new situation)

  • Your child isn’t participating in school-sanctioned athletics or extracurricular activities which mandate a signed abstinence contract

  •  You need an opportunity to discuss your beliefs about illegal substance use

  • If trust has been broken by prior substance use, this contract can provide a fresh step for you both.

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