Disseminating contingency management to increase attendance in two community substance abuse treatment centers: Lessons learned

Robrina Walker, Traci Rosvall, Craig A. Field, Sean Allen, Daniel McDonald, Zeba Salim, Natalie Ridley, Bryon Adinoff

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Although contingency management (CM) has been shown to be effective in substance use treatments, community adoption has been slow. To increase dissemination of CM into community practice, two community treatment programs collaborated with university faculty investigators to design, implement, and evaluate low-cost, prize-based CM interventions delivered by treatment staff using Petry's (2000) fishbowl technique. A pre-post study design was used to evaluate the impact of CM on outpatient group attendance. All clients attending the targeted outpatient groups at both treatment programs were eligible to participate. Group attendance was significantly positively impacted after intervention implementation. This is one of the first studies demonstrating successful implementation of CM by community treatment program counselors within their existing treatment groups. The discussion focuses on practical lessons learned during the planning and implementation of the interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-209
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010



  • Community treatment program
  • Contingency management
  • Dissemination
  • Motivational incentives
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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