17 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Cuts We Can’t Afford: Funding Federal Research into Medical Marijuana

Cuts We Can’t Afford: Funding Federal Research into Medical Marijuana The budget President Trump submitted to Congress for approval proposed a 5 billion dollar cut to the National Institutes of Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services and one of the agencies responsible for overseeing ongoing medical research and innovation. Support from […]

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13 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
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The Myth of Willpower

The Myth of Willpower The family and friends of addicts very often believe that the addict’s problem is one of willpower. The family believes that if the addict wanted to recover enough, s/he would simply do so. If only that were the case, many millions more people would overcome addiction and tens of thousands would […]

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6 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:39 pm
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Natural Highs: Healthy Coping Mechanisms to Get You Through Adversity

Natural Highs: Healthy Coping Mechanisms to Get You Through Adversity   Harvard medical researchers agree: at its core addiction is a brain-based co-optation of our learning processes. Individuals addicted to heroin, prescription drugs, alcohol and even cigarettes all continue to abuse their drug of choice not because they’re blind to the damage it’s causing them, […]

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30 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:23 am
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Answers to Three Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask about Addiction

.   Answers to Three Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask about Addiction Addiction is not a subject most people are comfortable discussing. Other than early prevention programs many grade schools run to deter early drug abuse, most people live their whole lives without any meaningful addiction education. Yet tens of millions of Americans are […]

25 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
9:38 pm
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Will Treating Opioids’ Side Effects Stop People from Becoming Addicted?

Will Treating Opioids’ Side Effects Stop People from Becoming Addicted? Physicians continue to prescribe opioid-based painkillers despite the medication’s role in the overdose deaths of more than 20,000 Americans in 2016 alone. Prescription opioids are most frequently recommended to treat conditions like chronic pain and symptoms related to cancer. Over time, patients build up a […]

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17 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:52 am
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The Secret Relationship Between Memories and Emotion

The Secret Relationship Between Memories and Emotion Ever wonder why recalling an intense emotional memory can make you start to relive the emotions you were feeling at the time? It turns out there’s more to the relationship between our memories and our feelings than meets the eye. New research suggests that the kind of hormones […]

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9 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:26 pm
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You Want to Stick Me with Needles? The Scoop on Acupuncture and How It Can Help You

Acupuncture is a time-tested medical practice. But the only thing most people know about the treatment is that it involves inserting therapeutic needles into the body. That’s enough to make even the toughest patients turn squeamish. These days a growing number of people In the United States are pushing through their misconceptions about acupuncture to […]

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3 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:35 pm
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It’s 2017: Turning Your Resolutions into Reality

It’s 2017: Turning Your Resolutions into Reality   There’s a lot of talk about resolutions up through New Year’s Day. Then, the real work of doing, or not doing, what we set out to do becomes real. It’s the first week of the new year. What are you going to do to make your resolutions […]

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29 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:34 am
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New Year, Fresh Priorities: National Addiction Treatment Goals for 2017

New Year, Fresh Priorities: National Addiction Treatment Goals for 2017 What’s on your list of New Year’s resolutions? As a country, there’s no shortage of things we can change or improve upon; the way we’ve handled the opioid abuse crisis is no exception. Here are a few resolutions the United States should adopt in order […]

15 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
9:56 pm
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Here’s What Drug Treatment Would Look Like Without Social Stigmas

Here’s What Drug Treatment Would Look Like Without Social Stigmas Social stigmas against drug abuse and people who develop addictions play an outsized role in defining and often limiting drug treatment services in the United States. What would it look like if we lived in a world where addiction was generally thought of as a […]

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