Teen Substance Use: Making a Contract With Your Teen
Putting a plan for avoiding alcohol and substance use in writing will help your teen make good decisions in the future. Using the example below, have your teen help you write the contract. Teens feel more responsible for their actions when they are part of the rule-making process. The symbolism of signing a contract gives both parties a heightened sense of commitment to the process.
We know that alcohol, cigarette, inhalant, and drug use can affect a young person's physical growth, emotional development, school performance, and health. We agree that I, __________________________________, will not drink alcohol or use any other harmful or illegal substances. Our plan for preventing substance use problems includes what to do in risky situations and what the consequences are for substance use.
In risky situations, we agree to the following:
We agree to the following: