Contingency Management of Reliable Attendance of Chronically Unemployed Substance Abusers in a Therapeutic Workplace

Conrad J. Wong, Erin M. Dillon, Christine E. Sylvest, Kenneth Silverman

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Abstract

The Therapeutic Workplace is an effective drug abuse treatment that integrates abstinence reinforcement into a work setting by using a salary that drug abusers earn for work. Drug abuse patients are trained and hired to become data entry operators in a Therapeutic Workplace business. Despite the opportunity to earn a high wage, participants frequently arrive at work late and fail to work complete shifts. In the present study, a contingency management intervention to promote consistent and reliable attendance was evaluated in 4 participants. Participants were not allowed to work on days that they arrived late, and their pay was temporarily reduced each time they arrived late at work or failed to complete a work shift. A within-subject reversal design showed that the intervention increased the frequency with which participants arrived at work on time and completed work shifts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental and clinical psychopharmacology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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