CRAFT Family Support
Recovery Program for Individuals affected by another’s substance misuse. CRAFT is an evidence-based, compassionate, and effective approach for engaging a reluctant loved one into treatment.
Recovery for Families
Recovery for Families. When a loved one is affected by substance use disorder everyone is affected. The Overdose Lifeline CRAFT Family Support Program is an evidence-based model designed to provide the loved ones with tools and support to assist in the family’s recovery and help their loved one affected by addiction /substance use disorder find health and wellness.
The CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) program is a non-confrontational evidence-based intervention that helps family and friends develop effective strategies for helping their loved one who is struggling with substance use disorder and for feeling better themselves.
The Overdose Lifeline CRAFT Program teaches family and friends new skills in rapport building, positive reinforcement, communication, and problem solving, motivation techniques, how to analyze substance use patterns, how and when to intervene, safety precautions and more.
CRAFT is proven to:
7 of 10 Loved Ones
enter into treatment as a result of CRAFT
*according to multiple studies, across a range of substances and settings
Find Indiana CRAFT groups
Interested in finding an Indiana CRAFT facilitator and group for yourself, a family, friend or loved one? Visit our CRAFT Indiana Facilitators Directory and find a trained facilitator in your area.
The CRAFT program was developed by Robert Meyers, PhD, and is a scientifically based intervention designed to help families or what Dr. Meyers refers to as concerned significant others (CSOs) to engage treatment resistant individuals into treatment. CRAFT has been studied and proven effective in getting individuals into treatment.
In addition, CSOs who attend the CRAFT program benefit by becoming more independent with reductions in depression, anxiety, and anger symptoms. CRAFT can and does heal the family.
Overdose Lifeline uses a model adapted by The Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) from the CRAFT program developed by Robert Meyers, PHd.
This model uses individuals with lived experience (peers) often called Family Peer Coaches and involves a 12-week workshop with an accompanying workbook to teach families behavioral and motivational strategies for interacting with their loved ones.
The 12-week group teaches loved ones/concerned significant others skills to help them understand and cope with addiction while finding there is hope for recovery.
The Overdose Lifeline model is expanded to include additional evidence-based resources from the Center for Motivation and Change.
Overdose Lifeline is trained to deliver the 12-week model and through funding from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) Overdose Lifeline trains others to deliver CRAFT across the state of Indiana. CRAFT Facilitator training provides up to 12 CE credits from the State of Indiana. Funding also allows for technical support to expand the program throughout Indiana.
About Robert Meyers, PhD
Robert Meyers has been in the addiction field for 39 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 for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction. Information about the certification and fees can be found on Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. website.