How Low Can You Go? Ultra-Low Magnitude Reinforcers in a Methadone Clinic
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 5, Number 4, June 2017
Kirsten Pickard, BA.
Ms. Pickard has disclosed that she has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Contingency management (CM) programs are often effective, but they can be expensive, with typical incentives costing $900–$3,000 for a 12-week program. Expensive CM programs are referred to as “high magnitude.” In this new study, researchers tested an “ultra-low magnitude” program (basically, a very cheap program) to see if offering inexpensive reinforcers would be effective for an opioid-abusing clientele.