Trainings Help Families Affected by Substance Use Disorder

The Office of Behavioral Health recently trained 23 providers on the Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training (CRAFT) and 24 providers on Celebrating Families models that help teach families affected by substance use disorder skills to build resilience and protective factors and strategies for treatment and recovery.

CRAFT intervention is a scientifically based intervention designed to help concerned significant others (CSOs) to engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment. This intervention method was developed with the belief that since family members can and do make important contributions in other areas of addiction treatment (i.e. family and couples therapy), that the CSO can play a powerful role in helping to engage the substance user who is in denial to enter and stay in treatment. The CRAFT model was adapted with the model developer and OBH's director of prevention and early intervention to incorporate procedures that teach the CSO to build protective factors and reduce risk factors for the children in the home. This is the first model that incorporates both prevention and treatment.

Celebrating Families is a parenting skills training program designed for families in which one or both parents are in early stages of recovery from substance use. Group topics include healthy living, nutrition, communication, feelings and defenses, anger management, facts about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, chemical dependency as a disease, the effects of chemical dependency on the whole family, goal setting, making healthy choices, healthy boundaries, healthy friendships and relationships, and individual uniqueness.

Starting late this month, OBH will have a trained CRAFT supervisor on staff, funded through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant. This staff member will be able to train new people in CRAFT and certify any clinician in CRAFT. This same staffer is also trained to deliver Celebrating Families and can offer assistance with implementation, logistics and planning.

For more information, contact OBH Director of Community Prevention and Early Intervention Programs Jenny Wood at jenny.wood@state.co.us.