Do you love someone who struggles with drug or alcohol use? Healthy365 is offering a new CRAFT Support Group for families impacted by addiction. CRAFT uses evidence-based and compassionate education to motivate and support families and friends of those currently in addiction. The first FREE rolling 12-week session will begin Thursday, July 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Healthy365 Office in Greenfield. 

What does CRAFT stand for?

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is a highly effective 12-week workshop for family members or friends who have a loved one in addiction. CRAFT takes a compassionate approach to communication strategies and empowers you both to take care of your own well-being and to help your loved one in their journey to recovery. The CRAFT Support Group at Healthy365 is a free resource for local residents that includes a complementary workbook with registration

How do the sessions work?

This support group is for those 18 and older who wish to assist their loved ones in finding treatment for addiction. Note that space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Our first Healthy365 CRAFT Support Group will begin on July 15. Our 12-week sessions will operate indefinitely on a rolling basis and will be offered both in-person and via virtual Zoom meetings. You can join us every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Healthy365 Connection Center at 120 W. McKenzie Rd., Suite G in Greenfield. 

Our rolling session approach and virtual/in-person options mean that if you are on vacation one week but still wish to attend, you can do so virtually that week. Or if you have another engagement one evening and must miss the meeting entirely, you can attend that meeting during the next round of sessions. We want our attendees to feel comfortable jumping in at any time to get the help that they need in support of their loved ones. 

What can I expect to learn?

Topics in our CRAFT Support Group will include a focus on family dynamics and identifying triggers and motivators in your loved one’s substance use, as well as effective methods and available resources to empower you to influence change and improve your quality of life. Taking care of yourself too is important for those with a loved one in addiction, and prioritizing self-care can impact your whole family positively. We’ll also work on developing positive communication techniques that can help your loved one where they are, as well as assisting them to enter treatment services and engage in recovery.

How is CRAFT different from other options?

The CRAFT program is an evidence-based system that seeks to help families change how they are interacting with loved ones actively struggling with substance use. The primary goal is to help get that person into treatment for recovery. However, CRAFT is unique in that it focuses not just on the individual in addiction, but on self-care for the family members as well, whether or not their loved one moves forward with treatment. Research shows that about 70% of families who go through CRAFT training are able to help their loved ones get into treatment within one year. 

If you are interested in joining us on Thursdays for the CRAFT Support Group, you can register online today or call our office at 317-468-4231 to learn more.