Area Teens and Parents Encouraged To Sign Sober Contracts

Posted Feb 14th, 2012 by Kitty Slight  Category: Community Interest


Unison Behavioral Health Group will join forces with students from Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School to offer “sober contracts” for area teens and their parents or caregivers to sign during area prom events.

The students from Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School are members of Lucas County’s only Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter. Sober contracts will be available for teens and their parents at the following dress resale events:

Planned Pethood will host “Prom for Paws” at Salvatore Capelli Salon in Perrysburg, Ohio on Friday, February 24 from 6-9 PM and Saturday, February 25 from 10 AM – 6 PM.

The Junior League of Toledo will host “Formal-ly Yours” on Saturday, March 3 at Westfield Franklin Park Mall. The sober contract signing will take place in the food court of the Westfield Franklin Park Mall from 10 AM – 4 PM.

What is a sober contract? According to Dr. Larry Hamme, Chief Clinical Officer for Unison, a sober contract is a document that formalizes a teen’s commitment to stay away from drugs and alcohol during the upcoming prom and graduation season. “Kids think they are invincible,” said Dr. Hamme. “But all it takes is one bad decision to destroy a teen’s life.” The sober contract was developed by students from SADD, many of whom will be participating in the prom dress resale events to encourage other Lucas County teens to take the pledge.

The sober contract signing is part of Unison’s Spring Prom and Graduation prevention campaign and is funded by The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County. The prevention campaign, “Live to Celebrate Another Day,” is designed to increase awareness of alcohol and drug use, misuse, and abuse during the 2012 prom and graduation season. One third of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens occur during the prom and graduation months of April – June.

Unison and the SADD students will also have sober contracts on hand for Lucas County parents to sign. “Parents may not realize it but research has shown that 65% of 10-18 year olds cite parents as the leading influence for their abstinence from alcohol use,” said Dr. Hamme. Dr. Hamme explained that by signing the sober contract, Lucas County parents pledge to do everything in their power to communicate with their children about the many difficult and potentially destructive decisions they face. Both teen and parent sober contracts are available for easy download on the Unison website. Visit www.unisonbhg.org and click on the “Live to Celebrate Another Day” link.

About Unison Behavioral Health Group
With 40 years of experience, Unison Behavioral Health Group is the community’s recognized and preferred leader in caring for the behavioral health and substance abuse issues of adults, adolescents and children. Unison accepts Ohio Medicaid and most private insurances. Through their contract with the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, Unison is able to offer subsidized services to Lucas County residents who are unable to afford the total cost of treatment. Unison is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information, visit www.unisonbhg.org

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