CRAFT Intervention

interventionist and woman during CRAFT intervention

A CRAFT intervention is different from the confrontational Johnson Intervention popularized on television.

There are many different models of drug interventions. One type of intervention gaining popularity is the CRAFT model. How does it differ from other models? When is selecting a CRAFT intervention the best choice to help someone start a rehab program?

Types of Drug Interventions

In the United States, there are many ways to get help for a drug or alcohol addiction, and also programs that help families of people who face addiction. Some of the most traditional approaches have been support groups including Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. These popular programs have helped many family members and friends receive support when attempting to help a person who has a substance use disorder. However, one study showed these programs are not as effective in helping the person fighting the disease get into treatment.

A common intervention method is called the Johnson intervention. This method has been popularized in television and movies. These interventions use family and friends along with a counselor or interventionist to intervene in the life of the person with a substance use disorder with the goal of getting the person to enter rehab. This method works, but one study showed that only 30 percent of loved ones are even willing to confront their loved one via the Johnson intervention. This reluctance has negative implications for the effectiveness of the treatment modality.

Fortunately, there are other methods available for helping people choose addiction treatment programs. One of them is the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) method for drug intervention.

The CRAFT method is effective for drug intervention.

CRAFT for Drug Intervention

The CRAFT method was developed as a way to help the person struggling with a substance use disorder without forcing a confrontation between families or friends. The CRAFT intervention focuses on self-care, problem-solving, goal setting and other activities designed to improve the lives of people with a substance use disorder while addressing their reluctance to change. The CRAFT model is a motivational therapy that seeks to:

  • Understand the person’s triggers for substance misuse
  • Teach positive communication skills
  • Teach problem-solving skills
  • Implement self-care in families and the person in rehab
  • Encourage the person to seek help

Addiction treatment programs that use the CRAFT method typically use 10-14 one-hour sessions to work on these goals. On average, the person with a substance use disorder enters rehab after the fifth session, but results are varied. These sessions are typically one-on-one, with intensive counseling as the focus.

The CRAFT drug intervention website suggests that this therapeutic approach works well not only for the families seeking help for loved ones, but benefits the person with the substance use disorder as well. Some studies show that CRAFT is even more effective than traditional models.

The American Psychological Association calls this method for drug intervention unappreciated and suggests the treatment modality should be more widely used in the United States. They also point out that the model is effective for both drug and alcohol interventions, with 64-74 percent of people likely to enter treatment with the CRAFT model.

Interested in getting a loved one into addiction treatment? Want to speak with someone about an intervention? Contact The Recovery Village Ridgefield today to learn more about comprehensive treatment to help your loved one overcome a drug or alcohol addiction.

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