Contingency management is a form of behavioral therapy that focuses on incentivizing and rewarding positive behaviors like refraining from substance use. Some contingency management programs also use disciplinary measures to discourage negative behaviors.

Contingency management has been shown to be an effective treatment for a number of substance addictions and is seen as particularly effective at treating particularly, addictions to marijuana, stimulants, alcohol, nicotine, and opioids.

While the treatment programs will vary in the precise mechanisms used to incentive or discourage certain behaviors, voucher-based reinforcement and prize incentives are commonly used techniques in the field of contingency management behavioral therapy.

  • In a voucher-based reinforcement program, patients are given vouchers as a reward for clean drug tests. The vouchers can be accumulated and exchanged for increasingly desirable rewards, thus incentivizing patients to maintain their sobriety over the long-term.
  • In a prize incentive programs, patients are given entries to compete in a prize lottery drawing as a reward for good behavior such as passing a drug test or attending treatment.

Some contingency management plans also focus on teaching patients to appreciate the natural rewards of maintaining sobriety; rewards like pride in accomplishment and improved personal relationships and mental and physical health.

Regardless of the specific techniques employed, contingency management, like all behavioral therapies, can be a critical component of any successful substance addiction treatment.

The residential treatment program at the Asana Recovery Center offers a variety of different behavioral therapy options to ensure our patients get the comprehensive treatment and care they need. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.


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