A big fine, for instance, isn’t necessarily a better deterrent than a lesser one that is administered quickly and effectively.

Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 6Coping With Relapse

There’s no single ‘right’ way to intervene with a client who’s had a slip. But in almost every such situation, leverage can be a valuable tool in restoring compliance. That is, if the clinician has taken the time to identify and prepare such leverage for use when it’s needed.

The goal isn’t to punish the client for relapse. It’s to make sure that consequences follow noncompliance.

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