Our MissionCMC:Foundation for Change has the singular goal of getting effective evidence-based tools to families of those struggling with substance use issues. We take the best science has to offer (including compassion!) and make it accessible and easy to understand so that family members can help their loved one and themselves. Our goal is to empower families and help them change their experience from one of shame, secrecy, and suffering to one of hope and positive action.
What We Do
CMC: Foundation for Change does not provide treatment. Our goal is larger: to put the power of evidence-based strategies directly into the hands of families. We developed the Invitation to Change Approach, which draws from the most effective strategies found in 3 evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders: CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). The model can be flexibly adapted to train different audiences (treatment professionals, laypeople, clergy, community leaders), to different levels of commitment (60-minute introductory talk to 2.5-day trainings), and to different settings (treatment programs, parent/community groups).
Why We Do It
We have a crisis in this country that spans decades. In the 60’s it was heroin; in the 80’s it was crack; in the early 2000’s it was college binge drinking; now prescription opioids – along with the reality that alcohol and tobacco continue to kill more Americans than all of these substances combined.
At CMC: Foundation for Change, we know that the family (parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, partners, anyone who loves them!) of those struggling with substance use disorders are the biggest untapped resource in fighting this problem. There are currently 21.5 million people in the United States who have substance use disorders (SUDs); 1.3 million of them are 12 – 17 years old. Studies suggest that for each of these individuals there are 5 people around them who are negatively impacted emotionally, physically, and financially. These friends and family members are suffering, but they want to help and they want things to change.
Happily, it turns out they are in an incredibly powerful position to help! Studies have repeatedly shown that family members can increase their substance-using loved one’s motivation to change without using the traditional suggestions of confrontation, tough love or letting their loved one hit bottom. We can empower families to be part of the change process instead of labeling them enablers or blaming them as part of the problem. At CMC:FFC, we see families as sources of strength and understanding and we value them as key motivators of change.