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“I say to people all the time - substance users develop a problem for all sorts of different reasons and get better in all sorts of different ways. To approach everyone with the same strategy and the same recommendations - we’ve missed so many people, and underserved so many people.”

WFUV Strikes a Chord to Combat Drug Addiction

A short WFUV segment in which Dr. Carrie Wilkens speaks about the need for evidence-based treatments and the launching of CMC:Foundation for Change.

Parents Fight on After Losing Children to Opioids

Parents Fight on After Losing Children to Opioids

An AP news segment on parents who have lost children to overdose. Includes a look at the parent training workshops that the Foundation holds with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

“What we’re trying to help families do is develop a different kind of process for this. We’re trying to help them understand the behaviors that they’re seeing, react to them in ways that are more constructive, and learn some skills that are going to help them move forward in ways that will keep them connected to their child.”

WSBS Morning Show with Smitty Pignatelli

A WSBS interview with Smitty Pignatelli from April of 2018 in which Dr. Jeff Foote discusses CMC:FFC’s mission of providing parents with skills to help them navigate a child’s substance use. Dr. Foote speaks about the positive impact that parents can have on their child’s well-being and how parents can be their child’s best advocates in the treatment world.

Society of Addiction Psychology Teleconference

A presentation by Dr. Jeff Foote for the Society of Addiction Psychology (APA Division 50). In this talk, Dr. Foote lays out an overview of the Invitation to Change Approach, geared towards professionals, as well as its implementation in the development of a peer-to-peer parent coaching network.  Media Source

“Foote’s approach steers parents away from threats and ultimatums. ‘We try to develop a different set of communication strategies. Can you reinforce positive behaviors? Having a collaborative stance with your kid, hearing what matters to them—it’s important."

Coping with teen substance abuse: A training session for parents

An interview from February 2019 on Dr. Jeff Foote’s community workshops in collaboration with Railroad Street Youth Project. The article discusses the pressing need for more information on how parents can best support their children, as well as what local groups are doing to address this need.

“It’s not an issue that people like to talk about. We often use the analogy of: if my neighbor’s kid was struggling with cancer, everyone’s heart would go out to that family and that person, who might be raising money for treatment - and that would all seem very reasonable and natural and everyone would pitch in. You don’t see that happen when someone’s kid is struggling with heroin addiction. The contrast is striking.”

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Jeff Foote and Carrie Wilkens talk about the Foundation for Change

Dr. Josh King interviews Drs. Jeff Foote and Carrie Wilkens on the Beyond Addiction podcast. They discuss the importance of family involvement in creating a positive outcome for someone using substances, as well as the lack of resources and effective treatments available for substance users and their families. They also share information on the Invitation to Change Approach, parent training workshops, and plans to bring these trainings to more audiences in the future. (Begins at 17:00)  Media Source

“Inviting your child to change is not the same as condemning her or him, but neither is it to be confused with condoning behaviors, either. ‘We are not saying it’s fine, or it’s horrible. We say, ‘We see it. Is it working for you? Do the benefits outweigh the costs?’”

Beyond addiction: Coalition offers training program for parents of teens at risk

An article on CMC:FFC’s collaborative work with the Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington, MA. In this interview, Dr. Jeff Foote describes the Foundation’s approach to communication and substance use, as well as some of the issues present the US’s current treatment system.

“It’s not just one epiphany moment. It’s a learning process. You have to learn to be sober. It takes practice, it takes trial and error, and you have to be ready for the ups and downs.”

NOVA: Addiction

A PBS NOVA segment on opioid use in the US, with consultation from Dr. Carrie Wilkens. (at 31:30 and 38:30)

“I say to people all the time - substance users develop a problem for all sorts of different reasons and get better in all sorts of different ways. To approach everyone with the same strategy and the same recommendations - we’ve missed so many people, and underserved so many people.”

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