Incentive-Based Therapy Improves Outlook For Methamphetamine Abusers

Source: NIH News, 11/6/2006

New research suggests that offering methamphetamine abusers an incentive-based behavioral therapy program called contingency management (CM — also known as Motivational Incentives), along with psychosocial therapy is more effective than psychosocial therapy alone. The study was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, and is published in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. A CM program applies rules and consequences to help people change their behavior. In other words, participants are in treatment with contingencies, or rewards. In this case, the rules required production of drug-free urine samples. The rewards were plastic chips that could be exchanged for prizes.

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Click here for full text of the article in American Journal of Psychiatry, 163:11, November 2006 (link active 11/13/06)


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