Incentives & Sanctions


Positive reinforcement must accompany achievement of program goals and exhibited drug/alcohol free behavior. Incentives are immediate acknowledgment that goals are being accomplished. Incentives are offered as a tangible way to acknowledge a client reaching a sobriety milestone, progression to a new phase or other times when their progress should be lauded.


relaxed curfew
phase progression
decreased supervision and alcohol/urine testing
gratitude journals
go first at hearings
less time in program
praise from bench


Participants will be held accountable with Sobriety Court requirements. If a client does not meet the requirements or relapses, he/she will be held accountable via sanctions. Graduated / progressive sanctions demonstrate immediate and swift consequences to negative or inappropriate behavior. Sanctions are levied to help shape future behavior and encourage compliance. Sanctions should work in concert with ongoing treatment activities to directly address a client’s conduct, and encourage compliance.


curfew tightened-up
tether or other electronic monitoring
increased monitoring
community service
written/taped assignments
increased urine tests
return back to a previous phase
increase support
short-term jail