Introduction to the special issue on the behavior analysis and treatment of drug addiction

Kenneth Silverman, John M. Roll, Stephen T. Higgins

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Extensive evidence from the laboratory and the clinic suggests that drug addiction can be viewed as operant behavior and effectively treated through the application of principles of operant conditioning. Contingency management interventions that arrange for the direct reinforcement of drug abstinence or of other therapeutically important target behaviors (e.g., regular use of drug abuse treatment medications) are among the most studied type of operant treatments. Behavior analysts have contributed to the substantial and rapidly growing literature on operant treatments for drug addiction, but the publications of this work usually appear in medical, clinical psychology, or drug abuse journals. This special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis represents an effort to bring this important work to the attention of the behavior analytic community. The articles in this special issue illustrate both the enormous potential of contingency management interventions to address the serious and seemingly intractable problem of drug addiction as well as the real challenges involved in attempting to develop and disseminate treatments that will produce substantial and lasting changes in the lives of individuals plagued by the chronic problem of drug addiction. DESCRIPTORS: Abstinence reinforcement, contingency management, drug abuse, drug addiction, operant conditioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-480
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Fingerprint

behavior analysis
drug dependence
Substance-Related Disorders
drug abuse
contingency
conditioning
reinforcement
Operant Conditioning
management
Therapeutics
clinical psychology
Medical Psychology
Clinical Psychology
medication
Behavior Analysis
Drug Addiction
drug
Drugs
Publications
community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

Introduction to the special issue on the behavior analysis and treatment of drug addiction. / Silverman, Kenneth; Roll, John M.; Higgins, Stephen T.

In: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Vol. 41, No. 4, 12.2008, p. 471-480.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{e4b13968ce18495bac954d53a265f0b1,
title = "Introduction to the special issue on the behavior analysis and treatment of drug addiction",
abstract = "Extensive evidence from the laboratory and the clinic suggests that drug addiction can be viewed as operant behavior and effectively treated through the application of principles of operant conditioning. Contingency management interventions that arrange for the direct reinforcement of drug abstinence or of other therapeutically important target behaviors (e.g., regular use of drug abuse treatment medications) are among the most studied type of operant treatments. Behavior analysts have contributed to the substantial and rapidly growing literature on operant treatments for drug addiction, but the publications of this work usually appear in medical, clinical psychology, or drug abuse journals. This special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis represents an effort to bring this important work to the attention of the behavior analytic community. The articles in this special issue illustrate both the enormous potential of contingency management interventions to address the serious and seemingly intractable problem of drug addiction as well as the real challenges involved in attempting to develop and disseminate treatments that will produce substantial and lasting changes in the lives of individuals plagued by the chronic problem of drug addiction. DESCRIPTORS: Abstinence reinforcement, contingency management, drug abuse, drug addiction, operant conditioning.",
author = "Kenneth Silverman and Roll, {John M.} and Higgins, {Stephen T.}",
year = "2008",
month = "12",
doi = "10.1901/jaba.2008.41-471",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "41",
pages = "471--480",
journal = "Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis",
issn = "0021-8855",
publisher = "Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior Inc.",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Introduction to the special issue on the behavior analysis and treatment of drug addiction

AU - Silverman, Kenneth

AU - Roll, John M.

AU - Higgins, Stephen T.

PY - 2008/12

Y1 - 2008/12

N2 - Extensive evidence from the laboratory and the clinic suggests that drug addiction can be viewed as operant behavior and effectively treated through the application of principles of operant conditioning. Contingency management interventions that arrange for the direct reinforcement of drug abstinence or of other therapeutically important target behaviors (e.g., regular use of drug abuse treatment medications) are among the most studied type of operant treatments. Behavior analysts have contributed to the substantial and rapidly growing literature on operant treatments for drug addiction, but the publications of this work usually appear in medical, clinical psychology, or drug abuse journals. This special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis represents an effort to bring this important work to the attention of the behavior analytic community. The articles in this special issue illustrate both the enormous potential of contingency management interventions to address the serious and seemingly intractable problem of drug addiction as well as the real challenges involved in attempting to develop and disseminate treatments that will produce substantial and lasting changes in the lives of individuals plagued by the chronic problem of drug addiction. DESCRIPTORS: Abstinence reinforcement, contingency management, drug abuse, drug addiction, operant conditioning.

AB - Extensive evidence from the laboratory and the clinic suggests that drug addiction can be viewed as operant behavior and effectively treated through the application of principles of operant conditioning. Contingency management interventions that arrange for the direct reinforcement of drug abstinence or of other therapeutically important target behaviors (e.g., regular use of drug abuse treatment medications) are among the most studied type of operant treatments. Behavior analysts have contributed to the substantial and rapidly growing literature on operant treatments for drug addiction, but the publications of this work usually appear in medical, clinical psychology, or drug abuse journals. This special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis represents an effort to bring this important work to the attention of the behavior analytic community. The articles in this special issue illustrate both the enormous potential of contingency management interventions to address the serious and seemingly intractable problem of drug addiction as well as the real challenges involved in attempting to develop and disseminate treatments that will produce substantial and lasting changes in the lives of individuals plagued by the chronic problem of drug addiction. DESCRIPTORS: Abstinence reinforcement, contingency management, drug abuse, drug addiction, operant conditioning.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=58149522478&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=58149522478&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1901/jaba.2008.41-471

DO - 10.1901/jaba.2008.41-471

M3 - Article

C2 - 19192853

AN - SCOPUS:58149522478

VL - 41

SP - 471

EP - 480

JO - Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

JF - Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

SN - 0021-8855

IS - 4

ER -