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  1. The adults on the units in the “hospital” where I work are unable to delay gratification and this may be one reason why they keep coming back over and over. Many of them are in a program that is similar to probation. The program lasts for five years and has many restrictive regulations. Many people get revoked and have to start of the five years over again because they can’t seem to keep from breaking the regulations. Those that conform and comply for the five years are then freed to go about their lives doing what they want to do and not what the system wants them to do. It’s awful to have to comply, but it’s the only way that they will get out of the clutches of the system. I explain this to them and all I get are a bunch of “yes, buts….”

    How do we go about teaching adults how to delay gratification?