10 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:43 am
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Holistic Pain Therapies Recommended for Service Members and Veterans

Opioid medications are routinely prescribed for chronic pain, but recently, rates of opioid use and misuse have surged, leading to significant numbers of emergency room visits for overdose and a rise in related deaths.  Despite the large numbers of wounded service members that suffer from chronic pain and related co-occurring issues, a comprehensive pain management […]

8 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:38 am
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Art Therapy: Helping Addicts Recover

The use of art therapy is sometimes overlooked as an option in addiction treatment. There has long been anecdotal evidence relating creativity to substance abuse and mental illness. What if art can be used then to help resolve substance abuse and other mental health issues? The evidence shows that art therapy can do just that. […]

3 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:44 am
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Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy is being used in a wide variety of settings to help people with acute and chronic disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, and addiction, with the goal of providing improved social functioning. Based on the many physiological and psychological benefits documented in individuals during therapeutic interactions with animals, animal-assisted therapy is considered to be an […]

1 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:45 am
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Marijuana and Kids: How Can We Keep Kids Safe?

The new marijuana laws are complicating child custody cases across the nation. Currently no data has been gathered to show how often pot use comes up in custody disputes, or how often child-welfare workers intervened in homes where marijuana products are or were used, but it is an issue parents throw at one another in […]

26 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:46 am
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How Equine Therapy Works

Professionals have touted the success of equine therapy for years. It is has helped many people deal with their mental health issues including PSTD, drug addiction, childhood physical and sexual abuse, domestic abuse, anti-social behaviors, suicidal tendencies, and even ADHD. So how exactly does equine therapy work? Horses are much more attuned and sensitive to […]

24 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:48 am
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Mental Illness and Stress in Families

Many families struggle with members who suffer from mental illnesses and this can cause a lot of stress for everyone involved.  Statistics show that one in four people in the USA have a mental illness at some point in their lives and of those individuals, nearly 45% suffer with more than one disorder. These facts […]

19 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:52 am
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Those Dedicated to Recovery Have Hope

There is hope for successful recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and this important information should more often be part of the message taught during substance abuse education and prevention programs. A message of hope can provide inspiration for those struggling with addictions by sharing the many positive success stories along with the warnings. Often […]

17 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:53 am
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Help Mild Depression Naturally

Individuals can help alleviate their mild depression symptoms many different ways without medications. Healthier homeopathic alternatives may be effective in treating mild cases of depression and a much healthier option than starting prescription drugs.  Choices include exercise, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation. Here are two suggestions to try. Laugh: Laughter is the best medicine. Depression is […]

12 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:54 am
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Addicts Seeking Help in ERs Is Not Effective Treatment

Large numbers of drug addicts repeatedly end up in emergency departments and the problem is growing across the nation. Too often people unintentionally get addicted to prescription medications and end up moving on to illicit substances to feed their habit. They mix these with other drugs, medications, or alcohol and overdose, landing them in emergency […]

5 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:55 am
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Movies Affect the Way We Think

Recent research has strongly indicated that the way alcohol is portrayed in movies may contribute to how people evaluate and relate to the movies that they watch. This important information has implications as to how behavior and the mental attitude can be influenced and affected by what we observe. A total of 159 college students […]