Verywellmind is a health website that takes pride in its quality, professionally-reviewed information. In this article, they make it clear how the CRAFT approach differs from old-school “interventions,” and why its outcomes are so much better overall. This is also a great general overview of the CRAFT approach, hitting the highlights of the skills and resources you can access through Allies in Recovery.
Most of us have some idea what “intervention” has come to mean for those struggling with substance use disorder: a dramatic, unexpected, and often upsetting confrontation by friends and family who’ve teamed up to try to persuade their Loved One to seek help, or simply to quit using.
Such interventions are risky, and frequently unsuccessful. The CRAFT approach, by contrast, strengthens trust on both sides, while encouraging positive change and discouraging use.
This article summarizes both the CRAFT approach (as practiced at Allies, and elsewhere) and the powerful evidence of its effectiveness.