Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)
About CRAFT - Finally, a way to teach clients to stop nagging, pleading, and threatening loved one(s) about their addiction and still get them into treatment! These methods have withstood multiple clinical trials as well as real-world demonstration projects.
In the past -
...there have been few options to help those who are concerned about a loved ones drinking or drug use. Alcohol and drug programs tend to focus most all the attention on the user. Approaches such as Al-Anon help the CSO (Concerned Significant Other) feel better about themselves, however is not geared toward helping them personally engage the substance user into treatment. CRAFT, on the other hand, gives help first to those who are frustrated with trying to get their loved one or friend into treatment while helping themselves to feel better.
CSOs can be anybody - a spouse, a mother, a brother, a sister - just about anyone who cares about someone's drinking or drugging. If you have cared about someone that you believe drinks or drugs too much, you might be a concerned significant other. You have done all you know how to do - pour the bottle down the drain, nag, and plead with the person to get help. Some give up and leave; some have stayed many years in a relationship that has led to discouragement and despair. Others have watched some of their loved ones die due to drinking or drugging.
CRAFT teaches those who have loved ones how to get the drinker or drug user into treatment who has formerly been resistant to getting help. In addition, CRAFT has been shown to reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms for CSO's. That's good news - learning how to get your loved one into treatment, and be able to help yourself at the same time.
In CRAFT the therapist uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach the concerned significant other how to use behavioral principles to reduce the loved one's substance use and to encourage the user to seek treatment. Additionally, it assists the concerned significant other in alleviating other types of stress and in introducing meaningful reinforcers into his or her own life.
A unique collaboration with The Cadence Online Company, Treatment Research Institute (Tom Mcllean) & Dr. Robert J. Meyers has developed a unique program for families of adolescent substance users. Follow the link below.
Parent CRAFT is a research-supported online course that teaches parents how to effectively interact with their children in order to change drug and alcohol behavior. Parents CAN make a difference!! www.CadenceOnline.com
20 Minute CRAFT Clip on HBO