This podcast episode is relevant to both consumers and professionals.
In this episode, R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S., LPC, LCAS interviews Robert J. Meyers, PhD about Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). Topics discussed include:
- What Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is
- What a concerned significant other (CSO) can do to get their loved one into substance abuse treatment
- Whether a substance abuser has to "hit bottom" before they can be persuaded into treatment
- The research base for CRAFT
- How CRAFT impacts the emotional well-being of concerned significant others
- How the CRAFT approach differs from other approaches such as the Johnson Intervention approach
- How CRAFT impacts domestic violence
- And more!
Robert J. Meyers biography
Dr. Meyers is a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction. Dr. Meyers began his work with the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) in 1976. At that time he helped develop the first CRA outpatient procedures, which were used in the seminal study published in 1982. In the late 1990's he helped establish the adolescent version of CRA (A-CRA). Dr. Meyers also developed the new "intervention" program for engaging resistant substance abusers to enter treatment. This new intervention called Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is an evidence-based intervention which, has been shown to be superior to more traditional interventions in several empirical studies. His CRAFT work has led to Dr. Meyers being featured in an Oprah magazine article last year. Furthermore, one entire segment of the recent Emmy Award-winning HBO Addiction series was devoted to Dr. Meyers and CRAFT.
Dr. Meyers is the winner of the 2002 Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Foundation, the 2003 Young Investigator Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism, and 2005 Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Social Work at Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Meyers is an internationally known speaker and trainer who has delivered training in 30 different states in the USA, and in 12 different countries on 4 continents. He has published over 75 scientific articles and papers and co-authored 5 books on addiction treatment, including "Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening" and "Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment: Working with Family Members". Several of his books are also available in Dutch, Finnish, German, and Korean.