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How can contingency management therapy help with treating drug addiction?

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In contingency management therapy, a person in treatment for addiction receives positive incentives for staying clean. Vouchers for goods and services, or privileges in a more rigid treatment setting are common incentives. Contingency management therapy is effective in drug rehab studies. But skeptics point out its high costs, and that when incentives stop, its positive effects decline.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction."

National Library of Medicine, "Estimating the Client Costs of Addiction Treatment: First Findings from the Client DATCAP."

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Van den Brink, W. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2006.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Carroll, K.M. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2005.

Dennis, M. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, December 2007.

FDA. "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

Harvard Mental Health Letter, "Treating opiate addiction, part II: Alternatives to maintenance," January 2005.

Medline Plus: "Opiate withdrawal."

Narcotics Anonymous web site.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction."

National Library of Medicine, "Estimating the Client Costs of Addiction Treatment: First Findings from the Client DATCAP."

O'Brien, C. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2008.

Van den Brink, W. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2006.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 4, 2019

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