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C: It sounds like you are not that happy about being here in counseling. J: No offense, but I just want to have a good time. Lifeis hard, I don’t see why I should have to sit through counseling. I’m not hurting anyone. C: I saw that your case notes mention your mother? How is she involved in this? J: …she hates that I use. She says it hurts her to see me using drugs, and she wants better things for my life. C: And how do you feel about that? J: I understand what she means, but I think she just doesn’t get it.
C: So, what I’m hearing is that you enjoy the feeling you get when you use-J: -yes-C: …and at the same time, your mother wants you to stop using and it is causing problems in your life. J: Yes.C: Well, I want to commend you for coming to counseling. I know there have been a lot of changes in your life to this point, and coming to counseling on a consistent basis can be a big adjustment. J: It does feel like a lot of work, so I would like to make it through this process without going to jail.
C: What do you think you will have to do to accomplish that? J: I would obviously have to keep coming to counseling, and showing that I can stay off drugs, so Ican show the judge that I’m committed. C: Well, I look forward to working more with you on that in the future.