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CRAFT in Romantic Partnerships, Part 2

Our Podcast: Coming Up For Air

Laurie, Kayla, and Dominique continue their discussion of the CRAFT model in romantic relationships. In part 2, they talk about practicing and using the tools of CRAFT in difficult moments to address not your loved one’s substance use, but the relationship-affecting behavior that happens with substance use.

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