June 2nd, 2022
CRAFT – A FAMILY PEER MODEL OF FAMILY SUPPORT FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY
Jennifer B. Slack, BA;
Darlene Schultz, BS
Learn about USARA's free structured non-clinical program to support family members and friends who have loved ones that struggle with substance use. USARA uses a peer-facilitated model based on Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) and runs concurrently in a cycle of 12-week sessions. The weekly group meetings are available both in-person and online with no charge ot participants for the class or materials.
The CRAFT model is a non-confrontational approach that identifies behavioral principles like reinforcement and provides family members with tools and instructions for changing interactions with loved ones, which in turn helps change the loved one's behavior. Positive reinforcement and kindness are powerful tools of change.
After this session, you will be able to:
(1) Explore the research supporting community reinforcement and family training components in the substance use treatment and recovery arenas and the specific components of CRAFT after viewing a 'mini-craft group demo' on positive communication; and
(2) Explain the basic structure of the CRAFT Family Support Program and be able to share the importance of family recovery.