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Get Your Loved One Sober
Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threateningby Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. and Brenda L.
($12.95 soft cover from Hazelden Press; 2004; ISBN: 1-59285-081-2)
Reviewed by Henry Steinberger, Ph.D.
Get Your Loved One Sober offers a revolutionary program: The Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) intervention, to help people who are seeking sobriety for their loved ones. CRAFT can boast phenomenal success getting people into treatment. An alternative to Al-Anon's 12-Step tradition and "detachment" recommendations and the Johnson Institute's confrontational interventions, the CRAFT program is based on non-confrontational proven behavioral principles like finding and rewarding positive behaviors. It is a program congruent with SMART Recovery® and my own clinical practice: Alternative Recovery Options(at Capitol Associates, LLC.
The book gives the reader tools and instructions for changing their interactions with their loved one, which in turn changes the loved one's behavior. In repeated clinical trials CRAFT proved twice as likely as the Johnson Intervention and six times as likely as Al-Anon to get loved ones into treatment. Interestingly, getting a loved one into treatment is not the first goal. Arranging for one's own safety and finding a happier life independent of the drinker's situation, takes priority. Getting a loved one to moderate, choose sobriety, or go into treatment, are then offered as roads to a better relationship.
The book, Get Your Loved One Sober, with its easy engaging presentation delivers an organized set of behavioral strategies, effective alternatives to nagging, pleading and threatening, and realistic encouragement. Using simple terms and metaphors, dramatic story examples and hands-on activities, the book teaches the skills professionals call: behavioral analysis, goal setting, reinforcement and extinction, problem solving and communication. Though the key to change is planned reinforcement, behaviorism and its terminology are only mentioned when Meyers pointedly recommends looking for treatment programs congruent with CRAFT described with phrases like "social skills training," "behavioral marital therapy," "cognitive-behavioral treatment," "rational-emotive therapy" and "motivational treatment."
Though Meyers notes that some treatment groups "use a Twelve-Step format as their treatment" he suggests the reader look for treatment that helps the drinker "figure out the triggers (stimulus cues) and reinforces of his unhealthy behavior." In his next book, aimed at professional wanting to learn to apply CRAFT in their practice, he's promised to specify SMART Recovery® as a useful alternative.
Reviewed by Henry Steinberger, Ph.D.
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Dr. Steinberger, the reviewer, is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice at Capitol Associates, Madison, WI; Certified by the Board of Governors of the APA College of Professional Psychology in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders, member of the Board of Directors of SMART Recovery® and a Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
Henry Steinberger Ph.D.
Capitol Associates, LLC
Alternative Recovery Option
440 Science Drive Suite #200
Madison, WI 53711-1064
608-238-5176 ext. 352
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