‘Reward helps addict kick habit'

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Giving a reward in combination with behavioural therapy can help drug addicts successfully kick the habit.

8 February 2008

NIJMEGEN – Giving a reward in combination with behavioural therapy can help drug addicts successfully kick the habit. The Nijmegen addiction institute Nispa, affiliated with Radboud University, has come to this conclusion.

The institute conducted a 6-month experiment with rewarding 35 addicts. If the addicts managed to stay off drugs for a certain period of time, they were given rewards like cinema tickets or membership in a fitness club.

The participating addicts also followed intensive behavioural therapy to teach them how to avoid drugs.

Patients that followed this treatment are 15 times more likely to stay drug-free after treatment is concluded. The value of rewards during the experiment amounted to EUR 150 per addict.

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