• Our Mission

    CMC: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.


To create a robust and wide ranging parent support network that includes online resources and community-based support.

To get science-based tools and understandings about addiction into the mainstream.

To help families thrive and care for their loved ones in ways that instigate real and lasting change.

To reduce the profound and painful impact that substance use problems have on our communities.

To change the culture from one of judgment and stigma to one of compassion and science-based knowledge.


A grounding of our work in science and kindness.

Belief in the importance of reducing stigma and fear.

Knowledge of the unique position of families and parents in helping their loved ones.

Conviction that we can help in ways that are positive, connected and supported.

Our Promise

To provide parents and family members with comprehensive, cutting edge, research-supported strategies to help their loved one struggling with substances.

At CMC:FFC we are committed to the science of change. Evidence-based treatments, particularly motivational and cognitive-behavioral, are central to our mission. While the traditional treatment community has long recommended that families embrace ideologically-driven strategies (e.g., 12 step, interventions, codependency) we promote approaches that have achieved a robust track record of success over the last twenty years.

To help parents and families realize that they can help their loved one whether or not their loved one is actually “ready” to begin changing

We believe that families can help their loved ones regardless of what stage of change they are in. It is our commitment to help provide resources for families with a loved one who is just beginning to consider change as well as those who have fully decided. Ambivalence is natural, reasonable, and to be expected, both in the beginning and down the road. Reasons to change also vary from person to person. We help families understand the costs and benefits of their loved one’s current behavior (the costs may be obvious, yet they wouldn’t be doing it if there weren’t some benefit), and realistically evaluate the costs and benefits of change. We know that change is a long-term, sometimes bumpy process, and we endeavor to help our families persevere.

To give parents and families the knowledge that there are multiple paths and options for change and they can be a part of that process

One size does not fit all. At CMC:FFC we recognize that there are many paths to positive change. Evidence shows that people are more likely to embrace a course of action—to value, enjoy, and maintain new ways of living—when they have chosen that path themselves. We are less interested in telling parents and families what they should do, and more interested in helping them find a path that is consistent with their values and goals.

To respect all families’ integrity and dignity, and reduce stigma

Compulsive behaviors are problems for people; they are not the whole person. We appreciate the potential for change in each person, no matter how much they are struggling or what stage of change they’re in. Just as your loved one is more than the problem they are facing; your family is about so much more than the substance abuse of one.