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If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Such outcomes are typical in the American criminal justice system, even though, as Ms. Eldred’s lawyer has argued, ordering a drug addict to abstain from drug use is tantamount to mandating a…
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Can Kids With Autism Crack—and Understand—Jokes?

The Kraft Group's Clinical Director Stephanie Zeman was interviewed as a subject expert for everyday health magazine: My son occasionally does stand-up, and has brought down the house. Jordon Hollow performing at Scotty’s Comedy Cove in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo Courtesy of Steven M. Hollow For someone on the autism spectrum, reading social cues can…
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Understanding Addiction

Maia Szalavitz, author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, explores effective interventions in coping and supporting someone diagnosed with addiction. An interview, conducted by Caroline McGraw, takes readers through a journey with Szalavitz to explore effective and appropriate approaches to work with those suffering from the disease of addiction. Throughout Szalavitz’s…
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All relationships

A letter from the Clinical Director: All relationships reach a lull at one point or another. Some last beyond the ten to thirty years mark, while others cower while in its early stages. The reason for this is dependent upon two things, life events and the couple’s ability to remain harmonious. Throughout doing couples work,…
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The Overachieving Underachiever

The Overachieving Underachiever, written by Janyne McConnaughey, PhD., holds a basis of what many young students struggle with throughout their academic career. This struggle not only encompasses today’s society but also within the familial competition to reach a higher education and gain a larger success story. Throughout McConnaughey’s article, she depicts the struggles she specifically…
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Cursed with the disease of addiction

Many people wonder why they are cursed with the disease of addiction. This question encourages the development of self-criticism due to an overload of feeling shame and guilt for actions derived from substance use. In the article The Hidden Link Between Autism and Addiction by Maia Szalavitz, a man’s story is explored through his struggles…
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10 Things You Should Never Say to a Special Needs Parent

10. Don’t question my child’s intelligence. He may approach a problem differently. That doesn’t make him wrong or slow. So what should you say to parents of special needs children? Ask us how we are and if we need any help. You can also inquire about our children’s accomplishments. We’re proud of our kids and…
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America’s 8-Step Program for Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction has developed such a powerful grip on Americans that some scientists have blamed it for lowering our life expectancy. Drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of them from prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids, killed some 64,000 Americans last year, over 20 percent more than in 2015. That is also more than double the number in 2005, and…
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National Addiction Professionals Day

Today is National Addiction Professionals Day! Join NAADAC in recognizing and celebrating vital players of the health system and continuum of care - addiction professionals. To celebrate the day, NAADAC would like to honor four outstanding individuals for their extraordinary service and contributions to the addiction profession. Mel Shulstad Professional of the Year Leigh Kolodny-Kraft,…
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