At CMC the mainstay of our approach to working with families is Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). Families and friends of those who are struggling with substance use or compulsive behaviors are often faced with ongoing, painful problems. They may worry about the loved one’s wellbeing, fear the consequences for themselves as well as their loved one, and feel frustrated and angry at being mistreated (deceived, abandoned, treated harshly, etcetera). There may be legal, health, financial, work, child-care, and other problems.
Families in this situation are typically counseled either to “detach with love” (Al-Anon) or to get involved in a confrontational “intervention.” Unfortunately, neither detachment nor confrontation shows much evidence of actually helping substance users get the help they need.
With Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), CMC offers a proven approach to change. CRAFT helps motivate the substance user and helps the family take care of their own needs—a difficult balance that is precisely the concern of CRAFT. In multiple studies across a range of substances and settings, CRAFT engaged on average 7 of 10 reluctant loved ones into treatment. Not only that, CRAFT aims for a healthier, better life for all that is sustainable over time, not just a way to “get the addict into rehab.”