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In the meantime, the picture is not always rosy in the field of addiction. “The paradigm as it is now is, wait until it’s a crisis and then be yelled at for 30 days, and then you’re never supposed to do it again,” Schrank said. 

Abstinence is “a hard thing for people to do, and I don’t know that we give people enough space to grow and develop,” he said. “Most people coming off crack or heroin would want the insulation of some kind of feeling change.” 

Although most people in the treatment world would say an addicted client who swapped harder drugs for pot has a relapse and not recovery, Schrank said, “to me, if somebody was using heroin and now they’re using cannabis, that’s a major victory.”