When Positive Reinforcement Isn't Working

When people ask me how to help an addicted loved one, I always say "positive reinforcement". But, what happens if positive reinforcement isn't working? There are 3 reasons why it may not be working for you. I'll also explain why your loved one may be extra sensitive/defensive and how to get around those defense mechanisms.

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