UAMS Study: Incentives and Therapy Help Users Kick Marijuana

APRIL 25, 2006 - Posted at 4:10 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A new University of Arkansas for Medical

Sciences study has found that tangible incentives can help people

kick a marijuana habit. U-A-M-S teamed with researchers from

Vermont. They found that a combination of therapy and incentives --

such as vouchers for clothing and movie tickets -- can be

successful in help inspire a person to stay away from marijuana.

The study involved 90 human subjects in the 14-week study. When

the study was over, 43 percent of the group that received therapy

and vouchers had stopped using marijuana, compared with 40 percent

of the voucher-only group and 30 percent of the therapy-only group.

And, at a 12-month follow-up, researchers found that 37 percent

of the group that received both therapy and vouchers was not using

marijuana. That's compared with 17 percent of the voucher group and

23 percent of the therapy group.

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