10 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:06 pm
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Real or Imagined Stress? Four Ways Anxiety Controls Our Perceptions

Real or Imagined Stress? Four Ways Anxiety Controls Our Perceptions   Anyone tuned in to a 24-hour news cycle may find it hard to relax. With anchors capitalizing on our collective fears to grow their viewership and internet based media splashing outrageous headlines across our newsfeeds, more and more it seems to be in the […]

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1 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:35 am
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Meditation: Proven to Reduce Pain

Meditation: Proven to Reduce Pain It has long been known that meditation improves many conditions, such as addiction, but it is only recently that we are learning why. Neuroscientists are conducting studies often using MRI scans that show us how meditation changes both the structure and the function of the brain in positive ways. One […]

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21 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
12:04 am
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Justice or Punishment? Five Reasons Addicts Need Treatment, Not Jail Time

Justice or Punishment? Five Reasons Addicts Need Treatment, Not Jail Time   Most people think about two things when it comes to prisons: punishment and reform. People are sentenced to prison time as punishment for a crime they’ve been convicted of, but serving time in prison is also meant to discourage the individual from committing […]

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11 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:44 pm
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Where’s the Silver Lining? Four Ways Adversity May Make Us Stronger

Where’s the Silver Lining? Four Ways Adversity May Make Us Stronger   Life is not fair. Some things just seem to happen to us, often leaving us reeling and wondering which way is up. It’s true that there will never be a way to avoid some of the worst experiences in life because, like death, […]

1 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:19 pm
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Trauma: Three Ways Traumatic Experience Must Change How You Receive Medical Care

Trauma: Three Ways Traumatic Experience Must Change How You Receive Medical Care For most people going to the doctor means one of two things: either you know you’re sick and you’re going to get treatment or you’re trying to find out why you’re sick in the first place. A good doctor might determine what you […]

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19 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:39 am
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Stress Less: 4 Ways to Prevent and Reduce Stress

Stress Less: 4 Ways to Prevent and Reduce Stress   Stressful experiences that push us beyond our comfort zones are an unavoidable part of life. The way we handle those experiences is up to us. If we want our reactions to be different, we must change them. Recovering from an addiction may not be the […]

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14 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:16 pm
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What is Trauma?

What is Trauma? In addiction treatment, we talk a lot about treating trauma. But it’s a term that can be bantered about without a clear definition. What exactly is trauma? In essence, most people think about trauma as a concrete negative experience. Esther Giller, president and director of the Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, has recommended […]

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5 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:37 pm
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4 Things You Should Know about the Link between Sugar and Cancer

4 Things You Should Know about the Link between Sugar and Cancer   When someone mentions addiction, sugar is not usually the first substance we think of. Yet the detrimental effects of sugar and processed foods on our body’s health can be insidiously dangerous and very much akin to the addictive process. Whether addiction or […]

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31 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:38 am
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Put Down the Pills: 5 Ways Yoga Can Make You Feel Better

Put Down the Pills: 5 Ways Yoga Can Make You Feel Better   These days there’s a pill for everything, from muscle cramps and headaches to depression and anxiety. But before you open the medicine cabinet, try utilizing your biggest asset in maintaining positive health: your own body. Here are five reasons you should consider […]

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22 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is most often associated with military personal exposed to war and all the tragedy and horror that goes with that experience. However, PTSD affects all sorts of people, from children who have experienced abuse to those who have been in accidents, victims of crime, or witness […]