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CRAFT Family Support

The CRAFT model helps individuals affected by a loved one’s substance misuse to intervene and help them seek treatment.

CRAFT Training Designed to Help Families Recover


When a loved one is affected by substance use disorder everyone around them is affected, including their family. The CRAFT Family Support program is designed to provide those families with the tools and support needed to intervene and help loved ones with substance use disorder recover.

CRAFT has been proven to:

The CRAFT Model

The CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) program is a non-confrontational, evidence-based intervention for helping families affected by addiction. It helps individuals to develop effective strategies for helping a loved one struggling with substance use disorder seek treatment, and for coping themselves.

The Overdose Lifeline CRAFT Program focuses on positive reinforcement, rapport building, communication, problem-solving, motivation, substance use pattern identification, the how and when of intervention, safety precautions, and more.

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7 of 10 Loved Ones

enter addiction treatment as a result of the CRAFT model

*​according to multiple studies, across a range of substances and settings.

Find Indiana CRAFT groups


Interested in finding an Indiana CRAFT group for yourself, a family, friend or loved one? Visit our CRAFT Indiana Facilitators Directory and find a trained facilitator in your community.

Since CRAFT launched in Indiana, it has grown at a rapid pace, proving both the effectiveness and the need for this evidence-based program. To find an upcoming group, visit our CRAFT event page.

CRAFT 12-Week Groups

The CRAFT program was developed by Robert Meyers, PhD, and is a scientifically based intervention designed to help families engage addiction treatment-resistant individuals into treatment. CRAFT has been studied and proven effective in getting addicted individuals into treatment.

In addition, concerned significant others (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/CSOs 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.

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.

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