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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“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


Audio Series
  • 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


Member Blogs
  • 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.

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

My Son is Using Again. Should I Confront Him?

My Son is Using Again. Should I Confront Him?

When you are trying your best to work with a family member in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD), it can be frightening and disappointing to discover they are using again. What to do? One of our members wrote in about her son having a recurrence of use, and she wonders whether she should confront him or not. She feels she can’t bear the emotional rollercoaster of her son’s recovery journey. We weigh in with some reminders from the CRAFT approach about how to manage her own thoughts, feelings, and reactions. We suggest she stay the course and not confront him – at least not yet.

My Son is in Detox for Fentanyl – What Medication is the Best Option?

My Son is in Detox for Fentanyl – What Medication is the Best Option?

Our member seeks guidance about helping her loved one find the right medication for Opioid Use Disorder. Her son has tried Suboxone and Methadone and is looking for an alternative. He has concerns about sleep and anxiety, and our member is wondering which medications may best suit his needs. Allies Director Dominique Simon-Levine gives a detailed answer, as well as some great CRAFT pointers for supporting his recovery.

How Can We Help our Daughter Find Residential Treatment?

How Can We Help our Daughter Find Residential Treatment?

What her daughter needs—a solid residential treatment program for women—should not be so hard to find. Unfortunately, such programs often are. We sorted through some of the options in the state where this Allies in Recovery member lives, so she can focus her search on a program most likely to help her daughter continue to improve. The family can also keep doing CRAFT to help support the relationship with their daughter in recovery, and to take care of themselves in the process. Staying in touch with Allies staff can also help support them.

Guest Jaclyn Brown Returns: Part One

“The universe is trying to tell me something” – Guest Jaclyn Brown returns to discuss her advocacy and harm reduction work in the wake of losing her brother. To hear more of Jaclyn’s story, be sure to check out our earlier interviews with her.

Wishes & Dips

You’ve got tools — active listening, being curious and open. So, when your loved one expresses what they would like, or feels they can’t continue as they are, you’re ready. In those moments of “wishes and dips,” you can gently move forward, listening to them and having resources ready, for now or whenever they’re ready. It’s a main tenet of CRAFT — noticing the openings. It’s also a practice — something to stay with over time, so you have a chance to be received.

Meet the Allies in Recovery Team

Video of Laurie MacDougall Describing CRAFT

Laurie MacDougall went through the Allies CRAFT training to improve the situation in her own family and is now a master CRAFT practitioner with Allies in Recovery. Laurie’s expertise includes teaching communication and interpersonal strategy.  

Video of Kayla Solomon Describing CRAFT

Kayla Solomon is a Master’s-Level clinician who has been working with families with addiction for over 20 years. Kayla is skilled in CRAFT and expert in people with addictions.

Video of Dominique Introducing the Website

Dominique Simon-Levine started Allies in Recovery in 2003. She has been featured on HBO and NPR and trains facilitators and professionals in our CRAFT program. Dominique is the go-to person for figuring out options and strategies with families, and for addressing crises and recovery opportunities.

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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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