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The Link Between High-Functioning Autism and Addiction in Teens and Young Adults

According to the most recent estimates from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, about 1 in 44 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, it is difficult to know how many of those people have Asperger’s Syndrome—a developmental disorder that is used to describe higher-functioning people […]

Navigating the Pandemic with Pre-Existing Mental Health Conditions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Navigating the Pandemic with Pre-Existing Mental Health Conditions The public health crisis, which prompted a sudden life transition and heightened emphasis on hygiene, presents unique challenges for people living with ADHD and OCD. Anxiety, an underlying factor in most mental health conditions, can exacerbate already concerning behavior, especially for those who have hygiene- or health-related […]

Tips for Navigating COVID-19 Crisis at Home with Teens, Young Adults

Tips for Navigating COVID-19 Crisis at Home with Teens, Young Adults A Rutgers expert discusses coping strategies during the public health crisis Compared to young children, teenagers and young adults living and learning at home during the COVID-19 crisis may be feeling the loss of social connections and life experiences while struggling to manage their […]

Benchmark Transition’s Response to COVID-19

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]July 2, 2020 Dear Families, Clients and Colleagues, As a dedicated provider of mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders, Benchmark Transitions takes the safety of our clients, employees and visitors as a priority.  As a licensed and certified residential & outpatient treatment center, and a structured clinical transitional living program, we are also fully […]

Experiential Therapy for Young Adults in Recovery

[vc_row][vc_column][pivot_section_title title=”The Power of Experiential Therapy for Young Adults”] Experiential therapy allows teens and young adults in recovery to step outside — mentally and physically — to gain a new perspective on where they have been and where they want to be. By engaging in hands-on activities under the expert guidance of a therapist, they […]

Autism Addiction and Young Adults: Connections, Diagnosis, Treatment

[vc_row][vc_column][pivot_section_title title=”The Autism Addiction Connection in Young Adults”] Can Autism Spectrum Disorder Lead to Addiction? To people who are on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, our social world can be overwhelming. They want to interact but symptoms of the disorder can make it seem impossible. While some people learn to overcome these challenges […]

ADHD and Young Adults: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

[vc_row][vc_column][pivot_section_title title=”ADHD Treatment for Young Adults”] Help for Young Adults with ADHD Although we often hear about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the context of children, this common neurological condition is also diagnosed in adolescence and adulthood. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an estimated 10 percent of children […]

Staying Sober Tips for Young Adults: How to Stay on Track in Recovery

[vc_row][vc_column][pivot_section_title title=”How can young adults stay sober after rehab?”] Staying sober for young adults exiting a treatment program can be a struggle. You have worked hard and spent a lot of time, money and effort recovering from your drug or alcohol addiction. However, the real challenge is staying sober after treatment is over. To avoid […]

Marijuana Risks to Young Adults: Symptoms & Treatment of Cannabis Use

[vc_row][vc_column][pivot_section_title title=”Marijuana Risks to Young Adults”] Young Adult Cannabis Use in an Era of Legalization According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, almost 70 percent of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana smoking as harmful and 44 percent report they have smoked marijuana at some point in their life — a figure […]