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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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 […]

14 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:33 pm
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Stronger Together: Prevent Addiction by Building Strong Coping Mechanisms

Quality relationships with loved ones are some of the most powerful and influential emotional support tools we have. Responsible parents want to know, “How can I have fun with my child while giving them the tools they’ll need to take care of themselves through life’s adversities?” Here’s how you and your loved ones can build […]

31 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:14 pm
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It Takes a Village: Let’s Address Childhood Mental Illness

Watching a young person navigate the pitfalls of middle school and high school can be excruciating, especially if those years were hard for you. Once we become adults, we take on a new set of problems like paying bills and getting ahead at work, but kids suffer from mental stress and illness a lot more […]

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18 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:15 pm
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The Secret’s in the Silence: Tips for Maintaining Your Recovery in a Small Town

The Secret’s in the Silence: Tips for Maintaining Your Recovery in a Small Town Anyone who’s spent time in a small town has run into one of addiction’s greatest catalysts: boredom. Whether you’re looking for a way to pass the time or a way to escape the city limits, rural drug abuse that started at […]

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14 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:52 pm
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What We’re Learning About Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

What We’re Learning About Marijuana Use During Pregnancy There was a time in American history when the sight of a pregnant woman smoking a cigarette wouldn’t make the average passer-by stop and stare. But as our medical understanding of the impact of nicotine on developing fetuses grew, so did our medical guidelines for a healthy […]

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10 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
12:13 am
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Carrots in Recovery: How Renewing a Love of Food Can Nurture a Healthy Lifestyle

Carrots in Recovery: How Renewing a Love of Food Can Nurture a Healthy Lifestyle The cliché of the skinny addict has a hint of truth to it. The parts of the brain that usually drive us to perform life-sustaining activities like eating or having sex are redirected by addiction to focus on the sole purpose […]

22 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:47 pm
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Addiction Can Happen to Anyone: Here’s Why

Addiction Can Happen to Anyone: Here’s Why   “I never thought this could happen to me” are eight of the most terrifying words in the English language. For every person who becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs, even if they were initially prescribed by a doctor as is often the case with prescription opioids, their […]

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9 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
12:04 am
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Four Ways to Comfort a Friend

Four Ways to Comfort a Friend When someone you care deeply for is in pain, not knowing what to say or do can be heart-breaking. Here are four ways you can bring comfort to a friend in need when you’re not sure what else to do. Listen. One of the most helpful ways that we […]

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28 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:55 pm
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Help! Five Things to Do When Words Aren’t Enough

Help! Five Things to Do When Words Aren’t Enough Tragedy often strikes when we least expect it, and sometimes there are no words available to express our feelings. Shock is a normal response to hardship. But supporting someone you love or seeing yourself through a difficult situation doesn’t end when you have nothing to say. […]

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