11 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:19 pm
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Chimps like Drinking Too

Chimps like Drinking Too A new study reported in the LA Times, suggests that chimpanzees enjoy drinking alcohol just like human beings do. Yes, that’s right, researchers followed chimpanzees and found that when given access to naturally fermenting fruits or unattended human-made alcoholic beverages, they consumed the alcohol like human beings: some not at all, […]

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9 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:42 pm
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You Probably Drink More than You Think You Do

You Probably Drink More than You Think You Do Do you know how much you drink? When you think about how much you drink, do you include special nights out, weekend gatherings, sports games, weddings/funerals, and other events? Many people do not and find that they may drink a lot more than they realize. Researchers […]

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28 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
8:41 pm
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Praying and Psychedelics Change the Brain in Similar Ways

Praying and Psychedelics Change the Brain in Similar Ways It has been said by many who use or abuse substances, and even some addicts, that they were looking for spiritual experience and this is what started their using path. This can be especially true of those who use psychedelic substances such as LSD, “magic” mushrooms, […]

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26 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:53 pm
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Teens and Blackouts: More Dangerous than You Think

Teens and Blackouts: More Dangerous than You Think No drug is more widely abused in the world than alcohol. Many think it’s funny to watch the antics of the extremely intoxicated, the dancing-on-the-table-with-a-lamp-shade-on-your-head behavior that the drunk has to be told about the next day. But blacking out and drunken antics lose their humor when […]

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22 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:14 pm
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Those Who Drink May Neglect Their Children

Those Who Drink May Neglect Their Children Researchers from UCLA suggest that not only does alcohol abuse or alcoholism play a role in child neglect, but those who drink more moderately may also fail to adequately supervise their children. Alcohol was a factor in approximately 11% of the 500,000 child neglect cases identified in 2011. […]

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19 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Gardening Helps Addicts Stay Sober

Gardening Helps Addicts Stay Sober In the Chicago area, women in recovery are gaining self-esteem by participating in a gardening project. By developing a relationship with a local garden club, women are learning how to grow flowers and vegetables while they develop a sense of teamwork and purpose. There are many things addicts can learn […]

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15 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:56 pm
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Does a Smaller Brain Volume Increase Risk of Speed Use?

Does a Smaller Brain Volume Increase Risk of Speed Use? A recent study published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology, suggests that those who become addicted to speed (with particular emphasis on methamphetamine and MDMA) do so at least in part because they have smaller brain volumes in certain parts of their brains. We believe […]

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12 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:53 pm
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Flakka: It Is as Bad if not Worse than Reported

Flakka: It Is as Bad if not Worse than Reported Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been dosing up rats with flakka, meth, bath salts and other drugs, in an effort to find which is the deadliest and most addictive. All the drugs had horrible results, but it looks like flakka may be […]

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7 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:19 pm
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Eating a Healthy Diet Keeps Your Brain Healthy Too!

Eating a Healthy Diet Keeps Your Brain Healthy Too! The results are in and a new study tells us that eating healthy isn’t just good for your body; it’s good for your mind too. Yes, put down those cookies! If you want to have the best chance of good brain function into old age, you’d […]

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5 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
9:22 pm
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Cocaine and Relapse – No More Likely than for Other Drugs

Cocaine and Relapse – No More Likely than for Other Drugs There are times when I want to scream in frustration. Nearly every day, there are new studies and reports out of universities that claim to tell us something profound about addiction, but in truth tell us absolutely nothing useful to addiction treatment and recovery […]

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