A Behavioral Modification Technique for an Outpatient Methadone Maintenance Program

  • Richard J. Kestler
  • Terrence Hickey


A behavioral modification program has been developed to determine eligibility for take-out methadone. Called the “Point System” it assigns point totals to desired behaviors: clean urines, employment, or the equivalent, and counseling. Points are awarded weekly, assuring rapid reinforcement. The system has been operational for five years. Advantages include simple, clear guidelines for clients and staff and reduced conflict level between both staff and clients and among clients and staff.


Point System Methadone Maintenance Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Clean Urine Alcohol Beverage Consumption 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Kestler
    • 1
  • Terrence Hickey
    • 2
  1. 1.Hope Center (Tucson Southern Counties Mental Health Services, Inc.)USA
  2. 2.Southern Arizona Mental Health CenterUSA

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