Using Behavioral Therapy with Suboxone to Treat Opioid Addiction

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When treating an opioid addiction, a number of additional treatment strategies may be used along with using suboxone to help manage the addiction. Among these strategies are behavioral therapies, such as contingency management interventions or motivational incentives. This type of behavior therapy involves giving the patient a tangible reward in order to reinforce positive behaviors, such as abstaining from using the drug. 

Research has shown that using contingency management principles as part of a treatment program can be effective for many patients. Not only can these principles help to promote abstinence, but they can also help to increase treatment retention.

Voucher-Based Reinforcement is one technique that can be used when implementing behavioral strategies. With this system, the patient receives a voucher for every drug-free urine sample provided. The voucher can then be used for various goods and services, such as food or movie passes. While the value of the voucher starts off low, the value may be increased as the number of consecutive drug-free urine samples increases. 

A similar technique involves using Prize Incentives. This method is similar to the voucher system, but the patient receives opportunities to win a prize with each clean urine sample. The patient may also receive opportunities to draw for a prize for each counseling session attended or for reaching other goals. At Advanced Spine & Rehab, we believe in taking a holistic approach along with using suboxone treatments to help with opioid addiction. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one with addiction. 

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