The influence of monetary compensation on relapse among addicted participants: empirical vs. anecdotal evidence

Am J Addict. Nov-Dec 2008;17(6):488-90. doi: 10.1080/10550490802408423.


Although common, the use of cash incentives to compensate drug-addicted participants is controversial. This is particularly true given concerns that cash incentives might precipitate relapse, as is commonly believed. The following investigation examined whether cash versus money order compensation differentially influenced drug use among 34 non-treatment-seeking, cocaine-dependent individuals. Consistent with past evidence, results did not suggest that form of compensation was associated with likelihood of continued cocaine use or dollar amount of cocaine consumed after participation. Findings do not support commonly held concerns that cash incentives increase the risk of relapse following research participation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cocaine-Related Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reward*
  • Secondary Prevention