Guidelines for Creating an Abstinence Contract

  • The abstinence contract will be most effective if you write it together.

  • Keep your contract simple. It only needs to contain four elements:

    1. Date of agreement
    2. Clear expectation of the child abstaining from all illegal substances
    3. Clear consequences for violation of contract
    4. Signatures of all parties agreeing to contract

  • Follow through with the consequences of the contract.

  • Keep a business-like approach to the contracting process.
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