Purpose of the project is to examine the effectiveness of Reinforcement-Based Treatment
(RBT) on drug abuse and psychosocial outcomes of iner city opiate abusers who have recently
completed a brief detoxification.
Participants are randomized into one of 3-groups: 1) those receiving intensive behavioral
therapy plus abstinence-contingent housing, 2) those receiving recovery housing alone, and
3) those receiving standard care (referrals to community providers). For the two groups
receiving recovery housing, rent payment is provided for a period of 3 months, as long as
the participant remains drug-free.
- opiate dependent agree to live in recovery housing
- acute psychiatric disorder pregnant over 65