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Drug Alcohol Depend. 2000 Feb 1;58(1-2):9-25.

A comprehensive guide to the application of contingency management procedures in clinical settings.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington 06030-2103, USA.


Controlled clinical research has demonstrated the efficacy of contingency management procedures in treating substance use disorders. Now is the time to begin introducing these procedures into standard clinical practice. This article reviews the rationale of contingency management interventions and provides a review of representative scientific work in the area. It also discusses behaviors that can be modified, reinforcers that can be used, and behavioral principles that can be adapted to improve outcomes. This paper provides practical advice and a guideline for clinicians and researchers to use when designing and administering contingency management interventions. The recommendations are based on empirically validated manipulations. Areas in which more research is needed are suggested as well.

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