Asana Recovery Center

The community reinforcement approach (CRA) to treating substance addiction was developed in the 1970s by psychologist Nathan Azrin and was adapted into an official manual for clinical treatment in 1995 by Jane Smith and Robert Meyers. CRA is, essentially, a form of family/community-based treatment that is based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) but expands the focus to address the effects of a patient’s surrounding environment.

Practitioners of the community reinforcement approach believe that patients will have a better chance of success in recovery when other aspects of their lives are stable and fulfilling. As such, community reinforcement treatment programs place a unique emphasis on job training, relationship counseling, and social/recreational counseling. One type of community reinforcement treatment, known as “community reinforcement approach plus vouchers,” incorporates the use of a voucher system to encourage patients to maintain their sobriety.

The community reinforcement approach has been primarily used in the treatment of substance addictions and has been found particularly effective at treating those struggling with cocaine, alcohol, or opioid addiction.

If you believe that you or someone you know may be suffering from a substance addiction, the Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.


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