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CRAFT Family Support

Recovery is for Families. CRAFT is an evidence-based, compassionate, and effective approach for engaging a reluctant loved one into treatment.

The CRAFT Model

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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 a substance use disorder and for feeling better themselves. 

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.

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 Certified Facilitators

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Interested in finding a facilitator for yourself, a family, friend or loved one? Visit our CRAFT Facilitators Directory and find a trained facilitator in your area. If you are you interested in becoming a facilitator yourself. Fill out the form below. 

CRAFT 12-Week Workshop

CRAFT 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.

The Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) have taken the CRAFT model and developed a 12-week workshop with an accompanying workbook to teach families behavioral and motivational strategies for interacting with their loved ones.

The 12-step workshop model uses a peer-to-peer facilitation model where our Family Recovery Coaches are family members, with their own lived experience of a loved one who has a substance use disorder, teach other family members skills to help them understand and cope with addiction while finding there is hope for recovery.

Overdose Lifeline is trained to deliver both the 12-week model and the clinical model of Dr. Meyers. ODL received funding from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction to train facilitators to deliver CRAFT across the state. Visit our CRAFT Facilitator Directory to find a trained facilitator in your area.

The DMHA funding also allows ODL to provide free training and technical support to expand the program throughout Indiana. See below for our upcoming facilitator training.

Additional regional training events will be announced soon. Fill out the CRAFT contact form and select the region you will be attending training in to be contacted.

CRAFT for Providers
In 2019, with funding from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Overdose Lifeline hosted a 2.5 day provider training in the evidence-based CRAFT program, training 24 individuals. This training was conducted by Robert Meyers, PhD and is the first step in becoming clinically certified through The Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates. The Meyers intensive training program is designed to help providers learn and sustain an evidence-based treatment, while maintaining fidelity to the model.

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.

Overdose Lifeline will be available to train others in the clinical model in the near future. If interested please sign up below.

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