CRAFT: Community Reinforcement And Family Training
For concerned significant others, SMART Recovery recommends Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training (CRAFT). CRAFT aims to teach family and friends self-protection and non-confrontational skills to help their addicted loved one find recovery.
An alternative to Al-Anon’s 12-Step tradition and detachment recommendations and the Johnson Institute’s confrontational interventions, the CRAFT program is based on non-confrontational and proven behavioural principles like finding and rewarding positive behaviours. It is a program congruent with SMART Recovery.
Families can learn to change their interactions with their loved one, which in turn changes the loved one’s behaviour. In repeated clinical trials, CRAFT’s approach proved twice as likely as the Johnson intervention and six times as likely as Al-Anon to get a loved one into treatment.
With CRAFT, arranging for one’s own safety and finding a happier life for one’s self takes priority. Getting a loved one to moderate, choose sobriety, or go into treatment are then offered as roads to a better relationship.
CRAFT was developed by Robert Meyers, Ph.D. Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for 33 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of New Mexico’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction. He has been involved in over a dozen clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, including Project Match and the Clinical Trials Network.
CRAFT groups may be difficult to find, as this approach is very new, but more information can be found in two excellent books:
Get Your Loved One Sober offers a revolutionary program for those who are seeking recovery for their loved ones. CRAFT boasts a phenomenal success rate getting people into treatment and recovery.
Based on CRAFT, Beyond Addiction from the Center for Motivation and Change, offers a groundbreaking, science-based guide to helping loved ones overcome addiction problems and compulsive behaviours.
Enjoy these podcasts with CRAFT experts Dr. Robert Meyers and Dr. Jeffrey Foote.