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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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The Hidden Link Between Autism and Addiction

A phenomenal article by Maia Szalavitz, a neuroscience journalist. Her work has also appeared on Time. She is the co-author of Why Empathy Is Essential — and Endangered. It’s believed that people on the spectrum don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs. New evidence suggests they do. Shane Stoner’s addiction began in 2008. He lost a factory…
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When Your Child Needs a Therapist

We at The Kraft Group are honored to be mentioned, specifically, Leigh Kolodny-Kraft, in this article by YourCare Everywhere "My son wouldn’t open up and when he did talk about some of his problems, he wasn’t fully forthcoming,” Casey Hess said. “I told him that when he had a fever, we took him to see…
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