You may have been told that there is nothing you can do to help the one you love, or that the best thing for you to do is to take a back seat…

Many family members are told to detach and use “tough love.

You may be confused about your loved one’s behaviors, or may even be starting to lose hope that you will be able to help…

Many people who love someone with a substance use disorder feel confused about their role in helping.

You may believe that caring for your loved one is furthering the problem…

But, the research evidence is clear: whether the person you love has just started engaging in substance use or has been doing so for years, you have the power to help.

The Invitation to Change Approach® draws from CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Therapy), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to empower loved ones with a new understanding of substance use.

With a skills-oriented, compassionate outlook, the Invitation to Change Approach® works to reduce shame and stigma, while providing tools to foster growth and promote change.


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Beahviors Make Sense

Behaviors Make Sense

Open the door to change by viewing your loved one’s substance use through a new lens.

One Size Does Not Fit All

One Size Doesn't Fit All

The path to change is different for everybody - there is no one ‘right’ way to help!

Ambivalence is Normal

Ambivalence is Normal

It’s normal for new behaviors to compete with the old, even as you move toward change.

Communication Tools

Communication Tools

Collaborative communication is key to supporting change in your loved one.

Behavior Tools

Behavior Tools

Grow positive behaviors and reduce negative ones with evidence-based strategies.

Self Awareness

Self Awareness

What are your values and emotions? How can you bring them into the process of change?



Move toward what is important while accepting the difficult feelings that come with change.


Self Compassion

Take care of yourself! Acknowledge your needs throughout this process.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Change won’t happen in a day - it takes time, and effort, and practice!

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