CRAFT: Helping Families Help Loved Ones

How to help a family member struggling with drug addiction?  Family intervention and the CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Trainings) Program are the topics for January on COCA-hosted programs on WEEU and BCTV.

CRAFT is a skills-based training program designed specifically for families of a loved one who is actively abusing drugs and/or alcohol and refuses to get help.  The Berks Counseling Center offers CRAFT trainings that meet weekly over a seven-week period, teaching families and friends strategies for communication, positive reinforcement, problem solving, self care and more. The goal of the program is to help a loved one accept that he or she is ready to enter into treatment.

CRAFT has proven success in getting people into treatment by a three to one margin over traditional intervention strategies. It uses motivational rather than confrontational methods, teaching families to inspire their loved one to change by rewarding sober activities and discouraging drugs and alcohol-related activities.

The BCTV program on CRAFT aired on January 9. Click here to watch the video.

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