The History and Future of SoberFamilies.com

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SoberFamilies.com was originally created in 2012 by Portland Psychotherapy—a clinic, research, and training center in North Portland that is well known for its highly knowledgeable and compassionate client care, strong dedication to evidence-based practice, and commitment to research and training.

In 2019, SoberFamilies.com was adopted by Cordelia Kraus of Vital Space, LLC, with the hope that this incredible body of work that Portland Psychotherapy had started could continue to:

  • offer families hope and effective skills for change in the presence of addiction while increasing their investment in their own lives

  • increase awareness of the options available for families with responding to an addicted loved one.

In addition, for the future, we hope to:

  • create a network of clinicians in the Pacific Northwest who are trained and experienced in the CRAFT approach

  • encourage and support other clinicians in becoming knowledgable and trained in this highly effective approach. With so many families who are feeling stuck in their situation, the world desperately needs more people who can do this work!

Past contributors

At the time of its creation, SoberFamilies.com had multiple contributors who poured their time, expertise, and commitment towards effective change into these webpages. Several of these amazing clinicians have since moved on to other pursuits, however we are incredibly grateful to them not only for their past creation of and contributions to this site but also for their ongoing support and encouragement. Thank you.

Jason Luoma, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Luoma is a Licensed Psychologist in Oregon who has been researching addiction and ways to help people with addiction for over a decade and is one of the world’s leading experts on the stigma of addiction. He is interested in finding ways to help people with addiction in a manner that is nonjudgmental, positive, and supportive. He provides training to therapists around the world on evidence-based approaches to therapy and addiction.

Dr. Luoma is the clinical and scientific director of Portland Psychotherapy, and lead the original team of experts that created Sober Families.

Scott Rower, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Rower has a private practice in Hood River where he specializes in working with people with anxiety and trauma and teaches courses on learning mindfulness.

Dr. Rower significantly contributed to the blogs and 10-week email course during the time that he was involved with Sober Families.

Christeine Terry, Ph.D.

Dr. Christeine Terry specializes in the treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders (i.e., co-existing addictions and other mental health conditions). She uses evidence-based therapies, as well as the CRAFT approach, with a diverse range of people with addiction and their families.

During Dr. Terry’s time at Portland Psychotherapy she was Lead Trainer and the main content expert and writer for Sober Families. She continues to use CRAFT in her private practice in Seattle, Washington and remains connected with Sober Families as a recommended clinician and current contributor.

Jessi Frothingham

Jessi Frothingham is a certified CRAFT clinician however has moved on from providing direct care to clients and currently puts her talents to use coordinating programs for a county mental health system of care.