Contingency management can be a possible treatment option for hallucinogen addiction. Certain drugs in this class cause severe addiction syndromes, including PCP and MDMA or ecstasy, and the use of contingency management along with other behavioral therapies can create a well-rounded treatment program that will facilitate recovery. Call 800-592-1193 (Who Answers?) to find rehab centers that will cater to your needs as well as provide you with easy payment options and multiple treatment methods.
What is Contingency Management?
Contingency management is a behavioral therapy option that is particularly beneficial for those who require a reward program in their treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “The patient receives a voucher for every drug-free urine sample provided. The voucher has monetary value that can be exchanged for food items, movie passes, or other goods or services that are consistent with a drug-free lifestyle.”
Each time the individual passes a drug test, they will receive better and better vouchers. If they do not pass the test on one of their visits, they will be demoted to the lowest voucher possible again and will have to work their way back up. This creates a strong incentive for patients to avoid substance abuse and stay abstinent. It is also a very helpful part of a full and well-rounded addiction treatment program.
How Does Contingency Management Help Hallucinogen Addicts?
First and foremost, this program promotes abstinence, which is very necessary for hallucinogen abusers. Because hallucinogens are so dangerous and returning to their abuse could seriously derail an individual’s recovery, it is important for patients to understand this and be motivated toward pursuing this behavior. In addition, abstinence also protects individuals from experiencing further side effects associated with hallucinogen abuse that could possibly lead to bad trips, flashbacks, persistent psychosis, and other issues.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “A few recent studies among illicit drug users have evaluated the use of contingency management procedures to reinforce not only abstinence but also other treatment goals,” such as:
- Participation in non-drug-related activities, as the vouchers often encourage patients to see movies, shop for groceries, and do other responsible––and fun––things that do not require substance abuse
- The acquisition of new skills when the voucher is based on showing proof that the patient participated in an activity more than once
- Continued treatment attendance, as patients will want to receive their vouchers each time and, therefore, will come to treatment and cooperate with their healthcare providers
Contingency management also works well as part of an overall treatment program that assesses and tends to all the needs of the individual. It is often what keeps patients engaged in treatment while cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and other options can help teach them better coping and behavioral skills.
If you have been consistently abusing hallucinogens and are struggling with addiction, call 800-592-1193 (Who Answers?) now to find the best rehab center for your needs. It will also be most helpful to you to attend an intensive, well-rounded program that can allow you to truly focus on your recovery from hallucinogen abuse before transitioning into a less rigorous program. Call today; we can help you find the right treatment for your needs.
- Related Articles