Health and Wellness

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope

JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope – Struggling with family members with addiction

Welcome to ACT taking hurt to hope. Today we are going to discuss
something that we hope can be useful for many of us. How ACT and a
sister therapy called CRAFT can help those family members who have
someone close with an addiction. I know from personal experience the
frustration and feelings of hopelessness you can feel around having a
loved one priortize alcohol over her family, over life. And continue to
make this choice resulting in death. I know I reacted as a child by
trying deparately to stop it by emptying out bottles every day to no
use. Not only did I feel helpless but also abandoned and ashamed. This
experience for me has certainly made some serious inprints. It is
estimated that about 3 out of 10 adults report that alcohol has been a problem for their family, while 20% of U.S. adults say that drug use has been a problem for their family. What kind of help is
available? Today you are going to get a chance to talk to an expert. Dr
Christeine Terry. Christeine is a clinical psychologist who has experience and training in ACT and other evidence based therapies for addiction and co-occurring disorders i.e., co-occurring addiction and mental health concerns). She also studies stigma related to substance use and mental health. she became increasingly interested evidence based interventions for family members who have loved ones with addictions and began learning about and practicing Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), an evidence-based treatment for families who have loved ones with addiction.
More information and resources on CRAFT can be found at the Sober Families Website: More information on Christeine’s new practice will be forthcoming on the Sober Families website and on Psychology Today.