Hear From Parents…
We have been learning about CRAFT in a parent support group that utilizes the “Get Your Loved One Sober, Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening” book by Robert J. Meyers and Brenda L Wolfe. CRAFT made sense to us from the beginning because it is based on the premise that strengthening the relationship with our loved one who is struggling with addition is the key to their and our recovery.
While we wanted to invest more time implementing CRAFT we couldn’t find a doable way to practice all of the concepts we have been learning. This is when we found Parent CRAFT by Cadence Online. It has since become an invaluable tool in helping us reestablish a more satisfying, positive relationship with our son.
The brilliant people at Cadence have created a website that is expertly designed and very easy to use. After signing up for their service we are able review and practice with the material as often as we need to. Everyone in our immediate family can use it as well. It includes relatable, realistic dramatizations that teach all the CRAFT concepts and includes print and PDF worksheets, practice exercises and an excellent blog.
We no longer feel overwhelmed all the time and hyper focused on our son’s addiction. As a result our relationship as a couple and family is so much better than it has been. We are now able to speak more directly and honestly about how we are all feeling. We are making progress. Thank you Cadence and Parent CRAFT for helping to give us Hope!
All parents who have kids who are using will benefit from the course. For the parents whose kid is not heavily using but who are still concerned about what is going on, this would be beneficial because it would teach them some helpful skills, such as not giving the child attention or rewards when they’ve been using. Like they said in the video, this can be difficult to do and may not be something parents even think about. If a child comes home a little bit drunk and is happy and friendly, the tendency for the parents would be to have a conversation with him that is perhaps easier and more enjoyable then their normal conversations, not knowing that this would just reinforce the drug/alcohol use. For parents who realize there is a problem, the entire skill set would be extremely beneficial, and likewise for parents whose kids are already in treatment. It would help them to be more mindful of how they can support their child’s efforts toward recovery. I see the program being applicable in all those scenarios.
My daughter is struggling with drugs and alcohol and we’ve been looking at all avenues to help her. Thank you for the opportunity with Parent CRAFT, many of the instructional tools have made me seriously reconsider my communication approaches with my daughter.
I have finished the Parent CRAFT course. Wow, it was very very helpful. The videos were amazing, very detailed, but I liked the interactive quizzes and the worksheets the most, the course is long, and this is an important issue so it should require a lot of attention. I am very glad I took this course!