Motivating Behavior Change Among Illicit-Drug Abusers: Research on Contingency Management Interventions
Overcoming drug addiction requires great personal motivation on the part of the addict: The drug abuser must want to break the habit before change may occur. Contingency management interventions represent one of the most effective ways to enhance motivation among substance abusers. This timely book describes the use of contingency management with individuals addicted to cocaine, heroine, and other illicit-drugs.
Contingency management is a scientifically based process of providing incentives for abstaining from drug abuse. Techniques involved in this treatment include positive reinforcement for drug abstinence and punishment for returning to drug use, with the emphasis on positive reinforcement. Motivating Behavior Change Among Illicit Drug Abusers reviews literature describing the use of contingency management techniques with a wide range of individuals, including pregnant women, homeless people, and schizophrenic drug abusers. This detailed, comprehensive volume will be of value to researchers, clinicians, and policy makers alike; it makes a unique contribution to the development and implementation of effective treatments for illicit drug abusers.