Are you at your wit’s end over your loved one’s drug or alcohol use? This virtual program was designed for you.
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Allies in Recovery is home to the premier virtual training program available for all who care about someone enduring addiction. Since 2003, we have taught CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), the only behavioral training method designed specifically for families and scientifically proven to work. The Allies training program is also recognized by SAMHSA – the government agency that funds addiction prevention and treatment.
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Featuring Allies in Recovery and Our Own Kayla Solomon
“The Allies site has been a tremendous help to my husband and I. We are learning new, effective ways to communicate with our son. Yes, it’s difficult…but so worth it. Thank you for being there for us. You’ve been a light in a 10+ year storm.”
– Buckeyebunny, Mom & Allies in Recovery Member
What is CRAFT?
50% of people suffering from Substance Use Disorder, and who admit they have a problem, are resistant to getting help. CRAFT was designed with these individuals in mind.
Join Allies in Recovery’s Program for 6 Months to Gain:
A greater understanding of and compassion for the elements of addiction.
Tools to improve your communication skills and engage with your Loved One.
The means to dramatically improve your relationship with your Loved One.
What to do or say when your Loved One is actively using or has stopped use.
When and how to allow for the benefits of “natural consequences”.
When and how to engage in “change talk” with your Loved One.
How to put together a resource list and treatment plan for your Loved One.
How to engage your Loved One into treatment and recovery-oriented activities.
How to keep everyone in your family and in your home safe.
“I am so happy to have found this website! I have wanted to learn what to do in just about every situation outlined in your modules. It’s like you’ve been to my house and are able to see what is going on. As a mom with a son who struggles with substance use, I feel like I’ve finally found a place where I’m understood. Thank you!” – Allies in Recovery Member
How Will Allies in Recovery Change Your Life?
Allies uses the CRAFT approach and methodologies to provide clear and tailored guidance on how to communicate, behave, intervene, and guide your Loved One toward recovery.
And we do it all the time! Here’s how:
CRAFT Training Modules
- Eight self-guided video modules
- 26 brief, but critical databased exercises
- Spanish translations
Access to the Allies Team
- Interactive Q&A and Office Hours
- Weekly Drop in CRAFT and Support groups
- One-on-one CRAFT training (sliding scale)
Coming Up for Air Podcast
- Weekly Podcasts by the Allies Team
- The longest running broadcast for families of those with addiction
- 3 Moms and a Dad: a prerecorded series of families working through CRAFT
Allies Advocate Human Resources
- Intro to our website phone call
- Weekly drop-in office hours
- Membership Support when you need it
- All About the Pathways to Recovery Blog
- News and resources on recovery
- Help identifying options for treatment
Not only is your Loved One more likely to get into recovery with CRAFT than with any other approach, but research shows they are also more likely to STAY IN RECOVERY when you use the CRAFT approach.
“I have been through the modules and I love listening to the “Coming Up for Air” podcasts. Thank you for all you do! I have been using your site for some time and genuinely appreciate the guidance, groups, and blogs. Everything is SO HELPFUL!”
– Willa, Allies in Recovery Member
“The resources available are very helpful including the Wednesday night group. I have learned a lot about addiction and engage more comfortably with my loved one thanks to Allies in Recovery.”
- – Julia D., Mom & Allies in Recovery Member
“Things really started to turn around when I found Allies.”
- – Linda T., Mom & Allies in Recovery Member Speaking in a CRAFT Workshop
“[The support groups]…are really engaging! Kayla facilitates a safe, comfortable space – even with varying attendance. Her emphasis on self-care and staying connected to a loved one is reinforced each week and covers both practical and emotional details.”
- – Maria S., Mom & Allies in Recovery Member
Mom and former math teacher, Laurie MacDougall, went through the CRAFT training to improve the situation in her own family. Now, Laurie is both a practitioner and trainer of Allies in Recovery's Virtual Program rooted in and designed around the evidence-based CRAFT curriculum.
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Our Exclusive “Pose a Question” Blog
Our website users love this interactive feature!
- Pose a question about your situation and a member of our Allies Team will reply with CRAFT-informed answers
- Read others’ questions and our answers for more insights into how to apply CRAFT
- Interact with other website users in the comments section of the blog
- This is a rich opportunity for learning and sharing about the challenges you face with your loved one’s addiction
The Allies in Recovery Blog
How Do I Prepare for My Daughter with SUD to Come Home? And What About Her Boyfriend?
Her daughter is involved with a man who may be sabotaging her efforts to get clean. But she’s expressed some readiness to get help, and mom wants to support her in any way that she can. Mom’s working on ignoring the bad-news boyfriend while setting up guidelines for her return home. She needs guidance on the details…Allies in Recovery weighs in with some CRAFT-based tips.
Her Partner is Not Improving from Substance Use Disorder. Is There an Underlying Mental Health Condition?
One of our AlliesinRecovery.net members as been artfully following the CRAFT principles and yet her loved one is not showing signs of improvement. Engaging in extreme behavior, barely ever sleeping, misusing his ADHD medication, lying, and now, stealing… Is it all on the addiction or could her partner suffer from an underlying, undiagnosed and untreated mental health condition?
The Important Difference Between Bribes, Incentives, and Positive Reinforcement
A mom wrote in asking for guidance on whether she should offer to reward her son for attending addiction recovery group meetings. However, she is unsure if she’s implementing the CRAFT concept of “rewards” correctly. Laurie MacDougall, an Allies in Recovery virtual program trainer – who herself has a loved one with SUD – explains the important differences between bribes, incentives, and positive reinforcement. Laurie advises steering away from the first two and sticking with positive reinforcement instead.
Watching Families Progress
Our hosts discuss their joy in witnessing the progress of families in their groups. If you’re helping your loved one, start with yourself and your own healing. Healing is, Kayla says, not best done alone. And with Allies in Recovery, you don’t have to do it alone. You get to be part of a group of people doing the work, and get support not just for concepts, but for implementing the powerful tools of CRAFT. This is the work that can help your loved one.
Collaboration Vs. Ultimatum
When your loved one is returning, communicate and collaborate about your expectations, concerns, and plans. Keep on collaborating over time, so if concerns arise your loved one can take responsibility, have agency, and you’re not running the show on your own. Without their “skin in the game,” little can change. Model engagement, which is also part of the treatment process.
Denial? Or Ambivalence?
Don’t assume someone is lying or “in denial.” At Allies, we believe family members and loved ones are aware of what’s happening – even when they don’t really want to know. Ambivalence is defined as “the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone”. We can see things as complicated – or ambivalent, a struggle between two orientations – and know it takes time to move through a process.
Meet the Allies in Recovery Team
Video of Laurie MacDougall Describing CRAFT
Laurie MacDougall completed both Allies and Dr. Robert Meyer’s CRAFT training to improve the situation in her own family and is now a group facilitator and trainer of Allies in Recovery’s virtual program.
Video of Kayla Solomon Describing CRAFT
Kayla Solomon, trained in CRAFT by Dr. Robert Meyers, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and has been serving families faced with addiction for over 20 years.
Video of Dominique Introducing the Website
Dominique Simon-Levine, MPH & Ph.D., studied CRAFT under Dr. Robert Meyers, and founded Allies in Recovery in 2003. She oversees the daily operations of the organization and has been featured on HBO and NPR.
Learn CRAFT – Where YOU become trained in how to tackle your loved one’s addiction – and take our 10-day Challenge.
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“Allies has been very helpful to me over the past several years. The modules, exercises, and personal advice have helped me navigate a difficult situation and improved relationships with family members so much. I really appreciate the site and recommend it whenever I find someone else in a similar situation.”
– Mizkitty, Allies in Recovery Member
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