Dr. Steven Shoptaw highlights the underutilization of evidence-based addiction treatments in a recent New York Times article. He emphasizes the wealth of research supporting positive reinforcement strategies and contingency management, citing their effectiveness in helping individuals reduce substance use. Dr. Shoptaw criticizes the reluctance of addiction treatment programs to adopt proven methodologies, stating, “There’s all these studies showing that it works, but instead of trying something that’s got actual evidence behind it, they’re pouring all this money into things that have no mark of efficacy. Zero.” Overall, Dr. Shoptaw advocates for a shift toward evidence-based practices in addiction treatment to better serve those in need. To read more, click here.




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