Top 10 contingency management interventions for addiction

What contingency management interventions are most common? And most effective? More about using vouchers, gift cards, and cash in drug addiction treatment to improve outcomes here.

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Contingency management interventions used in drug and alcohol treatment programs offer a tangible reward for progress toward treatment goals. The most common treatment goals are usually improved attendance at group therapy sessions and decreased substance use in addicts and alcoholics attending outpatient treatment.

But what contingency management interventions are most common? And most effective? Here we offer you a top 10 list and invite your feedback and comments below.

Top 10 contingency management interventions

1. Earning back a paid deposit paid upon start of treatment once treatment has been completed successfully

2. Personalized, cumulative vouchers that can be exchanged for goods outside of the treatment setting

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3. Personalized, cumulative vouchers that can be exchanged for goods within the treatment setting

4. Treatment setting privileges (evening or weekend passes, phone calls, chores, etc.)

5. Prize draw opportunities for gifts ranging in price from $1-100 for each targeted behavior met

6. Prize draw opportunities for gifts based on the “Name in the Hat” method

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7. Online shopping vouchers

8. Gift certificates to selected stores

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  • Financial assistance options

9. Take home doses of medications such as methadone

10. Social reinforcement (messages of encouragement such as Good Job!)

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Additional contingency management interventions

  • Cash
  • Earning a percentage of co-payments paid by group members using the “Name in the Hat” method
  • Please let us know what has worked for you

Contingency management intervention feedback

Do you have questions about implementing contingency management programs into your drug treatment facility? Or have some experiences to share? We invite your questions and comments below. We will respond to each comment with a personal and prompt answer.

Reference sources: Contingency Management for Substance Abuse Treatment: A guide to implementing this evidence-based practice, 2012 Nancy M. Petry

 

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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