CRAFT: Helping Families Learn How to Motivate Loved Ones to Seek Help for Addiction

What is CRAFT? Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is a resource for family or friends who are concerned about their teen or a loved one’s substance abuse. It’s a coaching tool offering conversation techniques and examples to help motivate loved ones to be open to get help/treatment.

CRAFT impacts families in multiple areas of their lives, including self-care, problem solving, and goal setting. At the same time, CRAFT addresses their loved one’s resistance to change. CRAFT teaches families behavioral and motivational strategies for interacting with their loved one and how to use positive communication skills to improve interactions and maximize their influence. Specifically, CRAFT teaches several skills, including:

  • Understanding a loved one’s triggers to use substances
  • Positive communication strategies
  • Positive reinforcement strategies – rewarding non-using behavior
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-care
  • Domestic violence precautions
  • Getting a loved one to accept help

HBO profiled CRAFT in a series on addiction. Click Here to watch a couple of short introductory videos.

CRAFT is available:

Cadence Online provides immediate access to the Parent CRAFT training:

Allies in Recovery offers online access and CRAFT membership:

Parent Resource:  

Parent Support Network: Grounded in the evidence-based principles of motivational interviewing and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), the Parent Support Network helps parents and other caregivers keep open the lines of communication and caring with their child, and reduce the damage that is being done to the child and to the family by substance abuse and related behaviors.