Contingency management is another approach employed in smoking cessation. A study into the use of contingency management tested it ability to reduce smoking behaviors in college students. This approach involves the systematic application of behavioral consequences applying the principle of operant conditioning (Correia & Benson, 2006). Employing this approach, the smoker manages their behavior employing incentive-based interventions. The findings of the research showed contingency management procedures are effective for encouraging smoking cessation in the sample. A small percentage of college students quit, but a larger percentage reduced smoking behavior.
Smoking cessation is not simple. For a smoker to successfully quit, they will need to create a behavioral contract and employ the use of medicinal approaches and behavioral therapy. Many smokers will try to quit, but few will have success without some type of support form a health provider. Behavioral therapy provides the smoker with the support they need to recognize and overcome their behavior. The behavioral contract outlines the problematic behavior and creates the steps to be taken. This positive-reinforcement intervention details the rewards and consequences and is supported with therapeutic care. Smoking cessation can be successful with the right support to empower positive change.
Behavioral Contract For Smoking Cessation
Effective Dates: 12/15/2017 – 3/15/2018
I will complete the following behaviors to reach my goal of smoking cessation
· Reduce daily smoking
· Seek out healthy behaviors
· Quit smoking in a one-month period
______________________________________________________________________________Week One: I will cut my daily smoking in half (no more than 10 cigarettes a day). I will attend counseling and us the nicotine patch.
Week Two: I will cut my smoking in half again (no more than five cigarettes a day). I will attend one counseling session and continue with the nicotine patch.
Week Three: I will cut cigarettes in half (no more than two a day). I will continue my weekly counseling session and continue to use the nicotine patch.
Week Four: no cigarettes will be smoked or purchased. I will continue my weekly counseling session and continue to use the patch.
I created and agree to the following contract:
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