Types of Intervention



  • Biological Interventions
  • Heroin Addiction and Methadone
  • methadone is synthetic used to treat heroin addiction.
  • mimics the effects but is less addictive produces euphoria but to a lesser degree slowly increasing amounts of methadone to produce a tolerance which is then decreased
  • Drug treatments for gambling addiction
  • no drug has been found
  • yet can have beneficial effects
  • gamblers treated with SSRIs to increase serotonin levels showed more improvements compared to a control group. 
  • dopamine receptor antagonist works by reducing rewarding and reinforcing properties of gambling behaviour, reducing the urge to gamble.
  • Psychological Interventions
  • Reinforcement
  • give people rewards for not engaging in the behaviour 
  • investigated whether monetary rewards would produce better patient outcomes for people on methadone.
  • participant in rewards condition drew for prizes of various monetary value each time they tested negative for drugs. drug used dropped significantly. 60%
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies
  • CBT changes the way people think about their addiction, learn new ways of coping. 
  • Public Health Interventions
  • The NIDA Study
  • designed to intervene in the cycle of personal and social problems associated with drug abuse.
  • prvision of a combination of group and indivdual drug counselling reduced


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