SMART Recovery and Dr. Meyers are pleased to offer information and support to the family and friends of those with addictive issues. It is possible for family and friends to learn effective ways to support a loved one toward recovery in a non-confrontational, positive manner — without nagging, pleading or threatening.
Dr. Meyers is co-creator of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach which provides a foundation for SMART’s program for Family & Friends. He is co-author of the book Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening, an important resource used by SMART Recovery for Family & Friends.
CRAFT is a groundbreaking, effective approach directly in line with SMART’s own evidence-based tools and strategies for helping those with addiction. CRAFT provides a practical, compassionate framework for building positive family interactions and influencing people to get help for their addictive issues and build rich and meaningful lives.
Dr. Meyers has been prominent in the addiction field for 37 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and is a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of New Mexico’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction. He has been involved in over a dozen clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, including Project Match and the Clinical Trials Network.
Dr. Meyers began his work with the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) in 1976. He also developed the new “innovative intervention” program used to engage resistant substance abusers to enter treatment – CRAFT – an evidence-based protocol, which has been shown to be superior to the “traditional” interventions in several randomized clinical trials. Dr. Meyers and CRAFT were included as one of the 14 featured segments on the Emmy Award-winning HBO Addiction series. Dr. Meyers has also been featured in Oprah magazine for his outstanding work using the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA). He is an internationally known speaker and trainer who has delivered training on his methods throughout the United States and in countries around the world. For additional information about Dr. Meyers and his work, please visit his website: www.robertjmeyersphd.com.
SMART Recovery for Family & Friends
Two weekly online meetings are available for SMART Recovery Family & Friends (Mondays at 9:00 PM EDT and Thursday at 1:30 PM EDT). SMART has also began launching local Family & Friends meetings around the country, including Chicago IL, San Diego CA, Columbus MD, Belmont MA, Cincinnati, Mentor OH, and Portland OR in the past year with great attendance and response.