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Your Ultimate Guide To Contingency Management And Opioid Addiction


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Opioid addiction has risen to alarming levels within the United States over the past decade; thankfully, there are many interventions that have been implemented to help dissuade individuals from taking more than their recommended dose. However, many people who become addicted to opioids had prescribed them in the first place – they were given to them or taken from their friends or family members for free. If you’ve been struggling with opioid addiction, the first and most crucial decision you can make is to seek treatment. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can move forward and take back control over your life.

There are many therapy techniques used in addiction treatment recovery centers, one of which is contingency management, also known as motivational incentives. If you’ve heard of the term before, it’s a type of behavioral therapy that aims to provide rewards for desired behaviors, such as remaining drug-free or attending all therapy sessions. For a treatment center to utilize this technique, they must pay special attention to a person’s past drug use, past success in recovery, strength of social support network, and past response to rewards. All of these can greatly influence the way a person learns new behavior towards their recovery.

What types of incentives may be used in contingency management?

  • Vouchers that can be exchanged for wanted items, food, and activities
  • Prizes that may be selected from a bowl

Overall, contingency management may be used alone or alongside cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication management, motivational interviewing, and more. Previous research has shown that this technique is beneficial because it positively provides incentive for individuals to make corrective behavior changes towards living a happier, healthier life.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about recovery treatment programs and which one may be the best option for you.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4795974/

https://drugabuse.com/library/contingency-management/