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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

14 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Monday Blues? 3 Ways Your Job Can Help You Stay Drug and Alcohol Free

Monday Blues? 3 Ways Your Job Can Help You Stay Drug and Alcohol Free   Your 9-to-5 is worth more than a paycheck. The skills you learn on the job follow you home and make a difference in how you manage the rest of life’s ups and downs. The Wall Street Journal recently compiled several studies […]

11 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
8:21 pm
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How to Get a Good Night Sleep Without Sleeping Aids

How to Get a Good Night Sleep Without Sleeping Aids Sleeping pills and sleep medications are most effective when used sparingly, for short-term situations, such as coming back from a long trip overseas. Persistent insomnia is usually a symptom of an underlying medical or psychological problem that cannot be “cured” with sleeping pills. The idea […]

7 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:38 pm
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How to Talk To a Friend about Getting Help for Drug or Alcohol Use

How to Talk To a Friend about Getting Help for Drug or Alcohol Use If you are wondering about how to talk to someone about their drinking binges or daily handful of pills, then you have obviously noticed over time that a person you care about is losing control. They may not even realize that […]

25 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Six Warnings that Someone Has a Substance Abuse Problem

Six Warnings that Someone Has a Substance Abuse Problem In our society today, people publicly use drugs and alcohol. In some states, it is legal to smoke marijuana. More people drink than don’t. Public intoxication at sports events or weddings is all too common. So how do you know when a friend, work colleague, parent […]

30 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:39 pm
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Five Tips to Help You Sleep Better

Five Tips to Help You Sleep Better Quality sleep is elusive for far too many Americans. Those who suffer from addiction have abnormal sleep patterns and need help creating appropriate sleep habits. Here are five tips you can use to improve your sleep at night, by getting to sleep quicker and staying asleep longer. Keep […]

29 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
9:04 pm
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Shutting Kids Up with “Screen Time” May Damage Their Brain Development

Shutting Kids Up with “Screen Time” May Damage Their Brain Development In China, doctors consider the overuse of video games, text messaging and other “screen” entertainment by children to be a clinical disorder. To “cure” the disorder, children are placed in what the New York Times health blog calls, “draconian therapy, completely isolated from all […]

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