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.