25 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:49 am
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A Life Saving Drug: Naloxone

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is encouraging access to the overdose reversal drug, Naloxone. This is just one facet of new plans to reverse the epidemic of drug overdose deaths in this nation. Another important step in the battle against the climbing numbers of reported overdoses is the introduction of federal legislation called the Stop […]

20 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:50 am
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Rocky Mountain High Problems

Marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Colorado this year.  Now the state is planning to spend $1 million on television advertising focused on stopping stoned driving by poking fun at spaced-out-pot-users.  Though the content may be amusing, the message is serious. The Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled the “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign […]

18 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:51 am
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Using Mindfulness Meditation to Combat Pain

People are always looking for new ways to minimize their pain without medication. Meditation is known to help give a degree of pain relief to a variety of conditions in which the normal course of treatment includes the prescribing of opioid drugs. Mindfulness is a type of meditation that strives to impart moment-by-moment awareness of […]

13 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:52 am
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Cocaine High Can Bring You Down

Our understanding of the effects of cocaine on the body and brain has grown in recent years. Cocaine creates a high commonly described as euphoric and it is very addictive. That’s the high addicts seek. However, now we’re learning that after the high the user experiences, downs and even severe depression may develop. The great […]

11 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:54 am
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Decriminalization of Drugs Could Help Addicts Recover

Could decriminalizing drugs help addicts recover? This has been the case in Portugal. When Portugal decriminalized drug use and possession, it put the resources it had used prosecuting and incarcerating addicts into public health and addiction rehabilitation. The result provides evidence that a good solution to addiction and the crime associated with it may be […]

6 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:55 am
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Marijuana: Yes, It Damages the Teenage Brain

Do you remember the old Reagan-era public service announcement in which an egg was cracked into a hot frying pan? “This is your brain on drugs” was the slogan as the egg sizzled away, implying that your brain would be fried to a crisp if you used any drug in any amount for any duration. […]

4 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:59 am
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Blackouts: More Dangerous Than You Might Think

It used to happen to me all the time when I drank. I would blackout at some point.  A blackout is a period in which a person looks as if they are aware of their actions and surroundings, but is creating no memory of the events. The individual may look aware, but they are not. […]

27 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:07 am
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We Don’t Really See What’s There: Factors that Change our Perceptions of Reality

Do we see, hear, feel, and experience genuine reality – what is really and truly before us? Possibly not. There are many studies that show how fear or other psychological or environmental factors can change how we perceive what is around us. How people process and respond to these perceptions can have a radical impact […]

25 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:11 am
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Bariatric Surgery and Alcoholism Linked

It has been seen a great deal in the addiction treatment field – individuals who have had bariatric surgery becoming alcoholics. There are many reasons why alcoholism may develop in individuals who have had bariatric surgery. The surgery affects the person’s body chemistry and changes how alcohol is processed.  Also, the underlying reasons why a […]

20 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:19 am
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Are You Beautiful?: The Struggle of Body Image

Body image is something that many of us struggle with, some to such an extent that addictions and eating disorders can develop when we feel we simply do not measure up to societal standards of beauty. A study recently published in the journal PLoS One, found that the perception of beauty is malleable and can […]

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