The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force (MSATF) works with the Evansville community to promote substance abuse awareness, education, prevention, and treatment.

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CRAFT-Trained Therapists in the Evansville Area

Get Your Loved Ones Clean and Sober Book

There is help and hope for anyone wanting to get their loved one clean and sober. It’s called CRAFT, which stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training. Over 25 Evansville area therapists are trained in this method to help motivate a substance abuser into treatment. Access a list of many of these CRAFT-trained therapists here.

To learn more, watch these segments from an interview with Dr. Robert Meyers, who wrote the book Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening. He is joined by the Chair of the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force, Dr. William Wooten, on Midday with Mike (Oct. 17, 2017; 14News).

What is CRAFT?

Dr. Meyers describes CRAFT, a positive and scientifically developed method for approaching a loved one with a substance use disorder and encouraging them to seek treatment.

How to find a CRAFT-Trained Therapist

Dr. Wooten and Dr. Meyers discuss how Evansville healthcare professionals were trained in the CRAFT method.

Mayor's Substance Abuse Task Force Recent Events

Mayor and Task Force Members Meet with Jim McClelland, Indiana’s Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana

On March 21, 2018, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and members of the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force met with Indiana drug czar Jim McClelland for an update on Indiana Next Level Recovery and to discuss local drug prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

Get Your Loved Ones Clean and Sober Book

Jim McClelland talking with the Mayor and the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force.

Get Your Loved Ones Clean and Sober Book

Jim McClelland, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, and members of the MSATF


Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force Met with Community Members at The March 28 Travelling Town Hall at Fairlawn United Methodist Church

Dr. William Wooten and other members of the Task Force shared updates on the group’s work. You can learn more about the event from the coverage provided by 44 News, WEHT and WTVW Eyewitness news, Wave3 News, and 14 News.


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Disclaimer: The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force does not endorse any one method or approach to treatment and recovery over another. We hope that the information and resources we provide will help individuals and families make the decisions that are best for them.