Contingency Management

Contingency management (CM) is often utilized in the treatment of substance use disorder, being implemented as behavior analysis. This type of management is the application of the three-term contingency that uses stimulus control and positive reinforcement.

Healthy behaviors are rewarded. In general this falls primarily in adhering or failing to adhere to a patient’s treatment plan. CM comes from the scientific study of applied behavior analysis (ABA). By most patient evaluations, the procedures of CM produce a large effect out of most mental health interventions.

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