sa-cm.gifContingency management (CM) is a motivational incentive intervention in which clients with substance use disorders receive small rewards for attending treatment, taking prescribed medication, providing negative urine samples, or complying with other defined treatment-related goals.

CM is based on the well-known theory that behaviors that are reinforced or rewarded will increase in frequency. The term CM comes from the concept that the reward is contingent on the successful achievement of the behavior that will be rewarded. It is a model that is used in nonclinical settings in everyday life: parents give rewards for good grades and employers give promotions for performing well on the job.

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