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.

ANTHC Behavioral Health

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?

CRAFT is currently offered at:

  • The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA)
  • Copper River Native Association (CRNA)
  • Eastern Aleutian Tribes (EAT)

If you’re interested in CRAFT therapy or getting more information, you can contact the following clinics:

Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) Behavioral Health Clinic:

Phone: (907) 222-9764 or (844) 375-2742

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 (e.g., Medicaid, VA Choice Program and Indian Health Service benefits) and offers a sliding scale.

Copper River Native Association (CRNA) Behavioral Health Clinic:

Phone: (907) 822-5241

Monday to Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

CRAFT services are open to individuals 18 years and older. CRNA accepts multiple insurances and payment plans and offers a sliding scale.

Eastern Aleutian Tribes (EAT) Clinics:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Behavioral Health & Wellness Staff

Akutan   907-698-2208
Adak             907-592-8383
Cold Bay             907-532-2000
False Pass      907-548-2742
Nelson Lagoon907-989-2202
King Cove  907-497-2311
Sand Point        907-383-3151
Whittier      907-472-2303

Brenda Wilson
Behavioral Health and Wellness Manager

John Curtis, BHAI

Wendy Tyner, BHA

CRAFT services are open to individuals 18 years and older. EAT accepts multiple insurances and payment plans and offers a sliding scale.

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.