If you follow my blog, you know that I've posted quite a bit recently about Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, the fabulous new book from the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC). The book is based on the Community Reinforcement and Family Training approach (CRAFT), a compassionate and effective behavior therapy approach for engaging a reluctant loved one into treatment.
The CRAFT method has been proven to be very effective, and I believe with all my heart that it would've made my whole family's life significantly easier had we known about it when my son's addiction was first presenting several years ago. (I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to be going to New York City the weekend of June 20th to be trained in CRAFT by the CMC, in conjunction with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.)
If you're interested in learning more about CRAFT, the CMC is now offering classes to the general public. You can attend the classes in person (in NYC) or online. In the classes, family members will learn strategies to take care of themselves while also increasing the motivation for positive change in their loved ones. You'll learn how to best utilize CRAFT and the CMC's 20 Minute Guide for Parents and for Partners. The CMC states that "in research studies, CRAFT results in loved ones voluntarily entering treatment more than twice as often when compared with only going to Al-Anon or using the well-known 'intervention' approach."
Now, for the best part. The CMC has been kind enough to offer readers of this blog a discount on the CRAFT classes. If you use the code "mylifeas3d" to purchase a recurring monthly subscription to the classes, you will get each month at a discounted price. Note that there are two places to put in the discount code: one on the top of the form (a small link to add the discount), and another in the last line at the checkout.
More information about the classes is available online at this link: www.motivationandchange.com/craftclass.
NOTE: The first class is this coming Monday (June 2nd) at 8pm EDT.
Many thanks to the people at the Center for Motivation and Change for offering a discount on these classes to my readers!
"The CRAFT model of helping is based on understanding what works. By being aware and tracking the data, you can feed the outcome of every interaction back into your problem-solving system for modification, celebration, or a return to the grindstone if necessary." --From Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change