COMMUNITY REINFORCEMENT & FAMILY TRAINING
Cohesion Counseling and Intervention Services
To best support our loved ones and help them see themselves for the better, it is important to discover and apply an effective strategy for the family. The cohesion of the family unit, agreeing to modify their interactions with their loved ones, will support behavioral changes. The CRAFT method speaks to the resistance to change.
CRAFT METHOD: 3 GOALS
- Assist families to direct their loved one toward treatment when they are abusing substances yet refusing to get help.
- Reduce the use of drugs and/or alcohol before a treatment plan is engaged.
- Improve the lives of friends and family, by working to avoid detachment and confrontation.
CRAFT is a program that impacts many areas of a family’s lives. By applying the skills-based approach, improvement in self-care, problem solving, goal setting, and fun recreational activities occur. It helps families learn strategies for motivational and behavioral communications with their loved one. For example, the CRAFT model teaches how the power of positive reinforcement (and removing it) can affect behavior. It also educates families and friends on how to maximize their influence through collaboration and encouraging communication.
Whether or not treatment and assistance have been accepted, or are underway, the skills taught by CRAFT are useful for the family. These lessons lend themselves to bettering the long-term relationship. CRAFT offers guidance in staying on track with positive outcomes for both the loved one and the self. Effecting positive change does take time; this is not an overnight solution. It does work to benefit both the family and the substance user when paired with a positive outlook and holistic action plan.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- CRAFT is based on research that motivational approaches tend to out-perform confrontational methods.
- Over two-thirds of substance users approached with the CRAFT method by their family become positively engaged in treatment.
- Research suggests when a substance user is approached with a confrontational intervention they are more likely to relapse, as opposed to being approached by a motivational method like CRAFT
- Using CRAFT allows for an improvement in the quality of life among the family and friends of the substance user, often seeing an increase in mental, physical, and emotional health.
- Applying the CRAFT method lends to a higher likelihood of engaging loved ones through to a successful outcome.