Does Abstinence = Recovery?

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One out of every ten American adults consider themselves to be in recovery from alcohol or drug problems. Partnership at DrugFree.org. Yet, the definition of recovery differs among individuals as everyone’s recovery is unique. Does it mean more than just not misusing drugs and alcohol? When does it start?  Is it at the time at…

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“Honey works Better than Vinegar”: Contingency Management Programs in Recovery

jar of M&M's

If you’ve never heard of a contingency management program in out or in-patient treatment centers, it’s because it’s under utilized.  It’s a behavior modification system in which rewards are contingent on staying abstinent.  It’s also called “carrot-and-stick” method where you are rewarded for positive behavior – much like motivating a child to clean up his…

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