Monthly Archive December 2018


CRA-FT New Programme Starting February

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)

It is an evidence based programme and provides families with a hopeful, positive and effective approach to address substance mis-use. You will learn how to identify practical ways to help your loved one to address their resistance to change and support their loved one to seek help, while also improving the quality of your own life.

When a loved one is abusing substances and refusing to get help, CRAFT is designed to help families learn practical and effective ways to accomplish these three goals:

  1. Move their loved one toward treatment,
  2. Reduce their loved one’s alcohol and drug use, and
  3. Simultaneously improve their own lives.

Often when addiction is present within the family, communication breaks down and relationships can suffer. Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is a skills based programme that teaches family members how to relate more effectively with their loved one while avoiding confrontation or detachment.  It also helps family members meet their loved one where they are at in their drug use, rather than the place they want them to be.

You will learn to;

  • Employ effective positive communication skills.
  • Identify and use positive rewards.
  • Develop a road map for understanding your loved one’s substance use and pattern.
  • Recognising substance use.
  • Take domestic violence precautions.
  • Allow for the “natural consequences” of use.
  • Practice self-care without detachment.
  • Support a loved one to seek help.

Reasons for Working with Family Members

  • People mis-using substances often report that family pressure prompted them to seek help.
  • Family Members can influence a loved one’s behaviour due to regular contact.
  • Family Members need support (financial problems, stress and marital conflict etc.).

This programme will start early February 2019, Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm-8.30pm for 10 weeks. It will take place at the Loft, 67 Dowth Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7.  Date to be confirmed.

If you are interested in participating in this programme, or would like more information contact Marian directly on M: 085 194 4022 or you can call/Whatsapp the Loft  M:0857672169.