Contingency management in a methadone maintenance program: Availability of reinforcers

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A survey was conducted to identify clinic privileges that might serve as reinforcers for a group of methadone maintenance clients. Fifty-three clients ranked nine clinic privileges according to their desirability. The opportunity to take medication home from the clinic on 4 days of the week was ranked as most desirable, on the average, followed by receiving cash payments ($30 and $10) and the opportunity for limited dosage self-control. Medication take-home privileges appear to be the most potent potential reinforcer available in the context of a methadone clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-746
Number of pages10
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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