Colorado is connecting prevention, treatment, and recovery through a community reinforcement model of care that helps families support a loved one in treatment and recovery and builds protective factors for children who are at a higher risk of substance use disorder. Utilizing grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) conducts trainings for community-based substance use providers.
This presentation will discuss the importance of building relationships between prevention, treatment, and recovery when working with families with opioid use disorder (OUD). OBH implemented Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), which is an evidenced-based practice that spans prevention and treatment with a family-focused lens by helping concerned significant others engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment. Colorado worked with the model creator on two adaptations specific to OUD: 1) a prevention component to teach family members how to build protective factors and resiliency, while reducing risk factors; and 2) a component that teaches family members to recognize opiate use, signs of an opiate overdose, steps to take when an overdose is suspected, where to get naloxone, and how to administer naloxone. This model is the first evidence-based program that spans prevention, treatment and now overdose prevention, making it uniquely positioned to address the needs of both parents and children.