What is Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)?
CRAFT is a pragmatic highly-effective family coaching methodology, which has been extensively studied by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies, and has significantly outperformed other approaches. This evidence based program incorporates a set of very positive strategies to guide you to motivate your child (of any age) to change or enter treatment. The approach teaches skills in rapport building, positive reinforcement, communication and problem solving, supporting sober behavior and discouraging using behavior. CRAFT teaches families motivational techniques, how to analyze substance abuse patterns, how and when to intervene with treatment and how to support the individual once treatment has started. CRAFT teaches families behavioral and motivational strategies for interacting with their loved one. I teach you how to help a loved one without detachment or confrontation.
By using the CRAFT method, you will learn helpful ways of talking to your child so they are more likely to listen, learn ways of understanding what’s going on from their perspective, the importance of recognizing positive change when it happens, how to allow them to learn from the natural consequence of their negative behaviors, an how to care for yourself in the process.
Kindness, collaboration, positive reinforcement and good limit setting….these are all part of real change. What we know is this: it works! You can stay involved, you can help, and you can take care of yourself as well, and this combination is powerful and effective in helping your child decide to make positive changes.
The CRAFT system of care is grounded in the evidence-based principles of motivational interviewing and Community Reinforcement and Family Training developed in collaboration with leading addiction scientists and practitioners at the Center for Motivation and Change in New York City. The purpose of the design is to equip parents to play a knowledgeable and complementary role, working in concert with a specialist to achieve better outcomes for children and families. Our support is a unique and innovative development with the potential to transform the substance abuse field through education, collaboration, training and practice. CRAFT has proven to be significantly more effective than other non-science based approaches and can benefit both the substance abuser and their family. It gives them a plan of action and a more positive outlook. Studies have shown that families who use CRAFT have about a 70% chance that their loved one will enter treatment.