I want to help my loved one enter substance abuse treatment

Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) is a form of therapy that helps family members improve their personal well-being and learn specific skills to motivate their loved one toward substance abuse treatment. CRAFT is a new therapy being offered in Anchorage at the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) in partnership with ANTHC.

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How does CRAFT work?

In CRAFT therapy, a clinician helps family members strengthen their communication and problem-solving skills, increase their use of effective helping behavior, and improve their personal well-being. These aspects help strengthen the relationship between family members and their loved ones and help motivate the loved one to enter substance abuse treatment. 

Is CRAFT a good fit for me?

If you have a loved one who is currently misusing substances and you would like to help motivate them to enter treatment, CRAFT is for you. CRAFT is for family members and friends of loved ones who are misusing substances. The approach works best for individuals who either live with or have frequent contact with their loved one. 

What’s the process for starting CRAFT?

CRAFT therapy is available in person or by televideo for those living in Unalaska. If you are interested, you will first attend an assessment appointment, which is around three hours. This appointment is an opportunity for you to complete paperwork and for the clinician to learn about you so they can best help you. After the assessment appointment, you will attend 45-60 minute appointments where you will work on different CRAFT skills (e.g., communication, problem solving, effective helping behaviors, increasing well-being). The number of sessions is based on everyone’s unique circumstances, but you can expect to attend around 8-10 sessions. 

Interested in CRAFT?

If you’re interested in CRAFT therapy or getting more information, contact the APIA Behavioral Health Clinic at (907) 222-9764 or (844) 375-2742.

The APIA Behavioral Health Clinic is located at 1131 East International Airport Road, 2nd floor. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

CRAFT services are open to individuals 18 years and older. APIA accepts multiple insurances and payment plans, including Medicaid, VA Choice Program and Indian Health Service benefits.

Funding for this material was made possible (in part) by grant 1H79TI081295-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written publications do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; or imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.