CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)
For concerned significant others, SMART Recovery recommends CRAFT because their objective is to coach family and friends how to self-protect and obtain skills to be non-confrontational and help their loved one find recovery from addiction.
CRAFT is an alternative to the traditional 12-Step approach, Al-Anon which recommends detaching yourself from your loved one. Also, it’s different from the confrontational interventions used by the Johnson Institute. CRAFT program is based on using non-confrontational methods and promotes more behavioural changes like discovering and rewarding positive behaviours. CRAFT goes hand in hand with SMART Recovery’s program.
Since the CRAFT approach is very new, groups may be difficult to find in your local area. You can get more information by reading the book Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. and Brenda L. Wolfe, Ph.D.
For those that are seeking a recovery program for their loved one; Get Your Loved One Sober is a great start. CRAFT has an extraordinary success rate getting people into treatment and recovery.
Links to More Information about CRAFT
Listen to a Podcast with Dr. Robert Meyers discussing CRAFT
Robert Meyers, Ph.D. developed CRAFT. He has been working in Addictions for over 33 years. He is 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.