13 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:22 am
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Molly Alert!

Be careful when taking illicit street drugs. When you take street drugs, there really is no telling what you are getting.  The unpredictability of what is sold on the streets has always been questionable, but the number of young people using MDMA socially should cause concern. “Almost from its beginning, MDMA was mixed with methamphetamine, […]

11 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:23 am
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Lesbians and Addiction

A recent study confirmed lesbians are more at risk for addictions than heterosexual women. Alcohol and drug abuse are significantly higher in the lesbian community than in the general population of their peers, according to a report published by SAMHSA, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services). These results supported previous studies. What are the main […]

6 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:24 am
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Mindfulness Meditation: A Great Skill for Children and Adults Alike

Children don’t always behave. They can fidget, be distracted, and in genera,l not pay attention. So a teacher designed the Mindful Life Project to help children learn to focus their attention. The programs help teach elementary school children impulse control, self-awareness, and confidence with meditation type techniques. Jean-Gabrielle Larochette taught at a public school in […]

30 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:27 am
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Monitoring Your Alcohol Consumption, Know Your Numbers

Scientist have created a list of evidence-based strategies to help the general public monitor their drinking. Similar to knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol level, we are being told we should start monitoring how much alcohol we drink, in order to reduce the harm that it does to our general health. Scientist J-rgen Rhem from […]

28 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:28 am
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Is Food Addictive?

The American Psychiatric Association is pushing for a new classification of addiction, Food Addiction. The move is quite controversial. Psychiatrists, scientists, and drug abuse experts have not been able to settle this debate. Part of the controversy stems from the fact that we don’t need alcohol, street drugs, or even tobacco to survive. But we […]

23 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:29 am
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Blocking the “Pleasure Circuit” May Help Addicts

Dopamine, a brain chemical, or neurotransmitter, is released whenever our brain’s reward system is stimulated. The problem is that this “pleasure circuit” does not recognize the difference between what is healthy and what is less healthy. Dopamine may be activated by exercise, relaxing after a long day, or a good meal with friends. Dopamine is […]

21 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:29 am
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Hope for Pain and Addiction Treatment Eclipsed By Side Effect of Depression

A pair of drugs that showed promise in the search for more effective treatments for pain, addictions and perhaps other disorders have not produced the hoped for results in a recent study.  The combined drugs target receptor nerve cells that are involved in the release of dopamine. This can cause positive effects, but may also […]

16 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:31 am
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Are You an Addict? What is Addiction Really?

How does a person know if they or someone they love is “addicted” to something?  This can be a fully loaded question with a spectrum of opinions. Addiction is often used loosely and incorrectly in our society such as when someone says that they are “addicted” to chocolate.  So what is an addiction really? Any […]

14 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:32 am
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ADHD and Substance Abuse

A highly attended session at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) was the “Adolescent Substance Use and Psychiatric Comorbidity: Real-World Clinical Practice Essentials” given by Timothy Wilens, M.D. The topic of discussion was the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and substance use disorder (SUD) association. Between 6 and […]

9 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:32 am
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Treatment Courts Work for Veterans

“Ask any emergency room doctor or nurse, ask any social worker, ask any police officer with more than five years on the force, ask any municipal or county judge: they see the same people. They get arrested… they’re locked up for 90 days, they’re let go, and 48 hours later they’re locked up,” said General […]