CRAFT: Helping Families With an Addicted Love One

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If you have a loved one with an addiction you’ve probably tried everything you can think of to get him/her to stop:  nagging, threatening, ultimatums, bargaining, attending support groups, etc. You may feel like there is nothing that you can do to get them to stop. Don’t give up, there is hope. An approach called CRAFT has been shown in well-designed research studies to get approximately 7 out of 10 loved ones into treatment. Additionally, CRAFT has been shown to improve the well-being of family members. This highly effective approach does not rely on confrontation or detachment. Instead, you will learn about specific actions you can take to free yourself from their cycle of addiction.

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Book Review: OCD, A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Although OCD is commonly used to describe someone who is overly tidy, this stereotype doesn’t capture the common struggles of someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Perhaps as a consequence of stereotypes such as this, many people with OCD suffer for years — knowing that something is wrong but being uncertain how to even describe what they’re going through.

A new book came out this year that offers guidance for those with OCD. The book is called OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. It’s written by psychologist Michael Tompkins, PhD, who works at the San Francisco Bay Area for Cognitive Therapy and is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

The book is not a self-help book in the sense that it offers strategies for managing OCD. Instead it’s an information guide that covers a range of helpful topics such as effective treatments (e.g., exposure with response prevention, medications), how to interview potential providers, and even how and when to request work or school accommodations.

What impressed me most about this book was its concise readability. The book is about the size of a short paperback novel, and I easily read through it within a few hours across a couple evenings. It’s clear the author cares deeply about helping people with OCD, and he’s able to convey his compassion in a writing style that’s precise, yet warm and empathic.

If you or anyone you know struggle with OCD, I highly recommend you pick OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. It’s also a great resource for therapists, packed with up-to-date information.