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Families Motivating Recovery

Using empathy, skills, and self-care
A Pathway to your Loved One’s Recovery

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 ideas will be helpful to you in your situation.

If you are brave enough to ask for it, or probably even if you don’t ask, people will give you their opinions, advice, and even veiled criticism about helping your loved one get help.  In one ear you might hear: “How could you let that happen in your own house? You should kick him out!” And in the other ear you might hear: “Don’t worry about it, it will all work out.”  Whom should you listen to? read more …


KPCC’s Families Motivating Recovery Groups are based the evidence-based practices called Motivational Interviewing, ACT Therapy, and CRAFT. The book we have found to be most helpful to our families , which best describes our approach, is called “Beyond Addiction: How Kindness and Science can Help People Change” by Jeff Foote and Carrie Wilkens.

The groups provide a safe and supportive place for family members to share about difficult situations and consider new ways to deal with these situations. Group Leaders facilitate discussions around four topics:

  • Understanding addiction and the process of change
  • Helping your loved one with your words
  • Helping your loved one with your actions
  • Practicing self-care so you can be more helpful


Most family members, who have loved ones who are using, feel overwhelmed, hopeless, helpless, and alone. Anyone can come to a group: parents, grandparents, spouses, partners, adult children, friends of people who are using, all are welcome.

A mother once shared in a group something that her son told her:
“Mom, I don’t know what you are doing in that group, 
but keep going. It’s really helping me.”

That son is now in recovery and has a job.

The groups help family members make small but impactful changes in how they relate to their loved one who is using. Group members report being less frustrated and having more hope about their situations. They report having more productive conversations with their loved ones about their choices, and they feel more helpful. And most importantly, their loved ones sometimes make surprising changes in a healthy direction.

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.”  (Jeff Foote, Beyond Addiction).

“What you are doing in West Virginia with these groups
is nothing short of amazing!” – Jeff Foote


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

Please contact the group leader listed to confirm the meeting time

While it is our pleasure to provide contact information for these Families Motivating Recovery support groups, and many of the leaders of these groups were trained by those of us at KPCC Counseling to provide the assistance they do, these volunteer groups are not operated, managed, or supervised by KPCC Counseling.  Any questions, comments, or issues that you have should be directed to the host listed for the group you wish to reach at the contact information provided.

If you are interested in starting
a Family Addiction Family Support Group
in your area, click here

Learn more about Motivational Interviewing
and Becoming a Group Leader here

Our groups provide members with support and discussion around a combination of evidenced-based approaches, including CRAFT, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

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.


The graph below shows how the CRAFT approach has a high success rate in helping family members of loved ones make healthier choices about their alcohol. The same applied for drugs.

CRAFT Graph Intervention vs Craft

Study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,1999 Albuquerque NM, Bill Miller, et als.
For details, see: http://www.cadenceonline.com/resources-2/craft_effectiveness/

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.