Community Reinforcement Approach- An Overview

Anita Bradley is the founder and Executive Director of the Northern Ohio Recovery Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies and a master’s degree from Cleveland State. Bradley founded the Northern Ohio Recovery Association in 2004 to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs utilizing a holistic healing and recovery approach. She has been in recovery for over 30 years.

The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is an evidence-based approach to treating alcohol use disorder that builds on natural community resources.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), which aims to achieve abstinence by eliminating positive reinforcement for alcohol use and enhancing positive reinforcement for sobriety.
  2. Learn the secrets to integrating other treatment components, including motivation to quit using alcohol and other drugs.
  3. Learn ways to analyze alcohol use and use patterns by learning new coping techniques that involve community and family support.


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