Contingency Management uses reward techniques to bolster abstinence from drug or alcohol use. A webinar by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association called contingency management “the greatest unused treatment” for opioid use disorder.”
The organization noted the technique’s effectiveness for treating addictions to stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine (meth). The technique may also produce benefits when combined with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) medications such as methadone or buprenorphine.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), states that contingency management “augments other community-based treatments for adults who primarily abuse opioids (especially heroin) or stimulants (especially cocaine) or both.”