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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, Friday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• 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 mall’s food court from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 teens to take the pledge.

Parents are also encouraged to sign the contract. “Parents may not realize it but research has shown that 65 percent of 10 to 18 year olds cite parents as the leading influence for their abstinence from alcohol use,” said Dr. Hamme.

Both teen and parent sober contracts are available for easy download on the Unison website at www.unisonbhg.org. Click on the “Live to Celebrate Another Day” link.

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