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Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT Model)

The Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT Model) was developed by Drs. Robert J. Meyers and Jane Ellen Smith at the University of New Mexico. 

Research studies have shown that CRAFT is an effective approach to increasing the chances that a loved one enters treatment. It has also been shown to be an effective approach for improving the wellbeing of family members/loved ones and helping them cope with the challenges of having a loved one with a substance use disorder.

This approach is helpful at any stage: before your loved one enters treatment, while they are in treatment, after treatment, and even if they choose not to enter treatment or seek help. 

The following Fact Sheet is a brief overview of the CRAFT Model.

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Additional Resources: 

The Center for Motivation and Change (learn more here:

  • This group of clinicians and researchers specialize in the CRAFT approach and provide treatment and services to both patients with opioid use disorder and family. members/loved ones of person’s with opioid use disorders. 
  • They have a Massachusetts location in New Marlborough.  
  • The founders of the Center for Motivation and Change also co-authored a book for family members called Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change. This can be a very valuable resource: click here to purchase
  • A free, brief version of their book is called 20-Minutes Guides for Parents and Partners… click here to access

Family Resources: