Beyond Addiction
A Pathway to Treatmentbeyond-addiction

Do you have a loved one or family member
who struggles with substance abuse?

Are you feeling hopeless or overwhelmed
because of a loved one’s substance use?

Would you like to help your loved one
learn to make positive changes?

We can help!



Free and Open to Everyone

Join in on any class at any time
No registration necessary, just come and listen,
and see if you think these idea will be helpful to you in your situation.

No One Size Fits All!

See the list below for classes in your area.



WV Beyond Addiction Family Support Groups are based on the book “Beyond Addiction: How Kindness and Science can Help People Change” by Jeff Foote and Carrie Wilkens.

This book describes the CRAFT approach to helping people with addictions make significant changes in their lives, using a Motivational Interviewing approach. Both CRAFT and MI are evidenced based practices that can be very effective. As you can see from the graph below, the CRAFT approach has a higher than average success rate in helping group member loved ones make different choices about their behaviors in relationship to alcohol and drugs.

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Study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,1999 Albuquerque NM, Bill Miller, et als.
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CRAFT groups have three goals

1. When a loved one is abusing substances and refusing to get help, the group helps families move their loved one toward treatment.

2. Group members are able to help reduce the loved one’s alcohol and drug use, whether or not the loved one has engaged in treatment yet.

3. Group members learn to improve the lives of the concerned family and friends.

CRAFT group members learn how to take control of their lives, and as part of this process, to change their interactions with their loved one in ways that promote positive behavioral change. (Foote).


Here is a listing of the groups that are currently meeting
and groups that will be starting soon

Contact the group leader listed to confirm

If you are interested in having a Beyond Addiction Family Support Group in your area.
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Beyond Addictions Group Leaders Resources

MI CRAFT with Jeff FooteKPCC Counseling’s Sky Kershner with
Beyond Addiction authors 
Carrie Wilkens and Jeff Foote

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change is a book by Jeffery Foote, Carrie Wilkens, and colleagues which describes an approach to addiction specifically designed to empower family members in relation to their loved one’s substance use or addiction.

Evidenced based practice models are the foundation for our groups and include elements from CRAFT, Motivational Interviewing, and ACT Therapy. The CRAFT family training model was developed by Robert Meyers and Jane Smith, and draws from the evidence-based addictions approach called Motivational Interviewing developed by Bill Miller and Stephen Rolnick.

In 2016, the West Virginia Council of Churches offered listening events throughout the state of WV. The goal of these listening events was to learn more about how the residents of WV view addiction and better understand the effect addiction has on family members and loved ones.  Results from the listening events are presented in this video.