6 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:33 am
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Quit Smoking to Stay Sober

A team of researchers working at Yale University has found that quitting drinking may be harder if individuals continue to smoke cigarettes during recovery. Alcohol dependence and tobacco smoking are highly connected. Although continued smoking during alcohol withdrawal may reduce relapse risk in the short term, in the long term, alcohol and tobacco dependence may […]

30 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:34 am
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Risk of Sudden Death in Cocaine Users Substantiated

The increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine has been, for the first time, documented by researchers. In people in the 19-49 age group, this risk is quadrupled. The researchers included a population excluded from other clinical studies. All the individuals had suffered sudden death of a non-violent nature with instant […]

23 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:35 am
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Family Therapy: Helping Addicts and Their Family Recover

Substance abuse disorders do not develop in isolation. Family therapy is often used to examine factors that help maintain an individual’s substance abuse behavior. To understand these factors, the therapist considers the family’s various structural elements and how they contribute to substance abuse. Proven types of family therapy are integral components in comprehensive treatment programs […]

16 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:39 am
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Can Overuse of Facebook Warn of Potential Addiction Problems?

While Facebook itself might not be addictive, those who find themselves chained to it could be experiencing issues associated with impulse control disorders, the same kind of impulse control problems that can lead to substance abuse. A University of Albany research team, led by Julia Hormes, evaluated the addictive nature of Facebook in a sample […]

11 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:40 am
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Confronting Baby Boomers about Substance Abuse

There remains something of a myth that substance misuse is mainly something the young and irresponsible do. The reality is that a growing number of baby boomers are carrying their drug problems straight through middle age and into their 60s, 70s, and beyond. Increases in substance use often occur in conjunction with significant life changes, such […]

9 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:41 am
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Chocolate for Health

Research has emerged proving that chocolate is good not only for the soul, but for your mind and body as well. This is good news to those of us who deal with the temptations of chocolate during the holiday season or any other time. Consider the benefits of dark chocolate: Contains flavonoids called procyanidins & […]

4 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:42 am
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Alcoholism in Older Women

Doctors in England have recently voiced alarm over a growing and under-recognized population of older women who are consuming alcohol and other drugs. New figures show more older women are entering formal treatment for alcoholism. Government figures showed a 65 per cent increase in the number of women over pension age beginning treatment for drink […]

2 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:43 am
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Treating PTSD with Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Over the past 13 years, more than 2.6 million service members have returned from battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, with more than a million injured and rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide at all-time highs. Therefore, the need to provide a variety of evidence based-therapies to fit individual needs is at a high point. […]

18 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:46 am
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Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Frequent nonmedical use of prescription painkillers is increasing across America. By identifying the sources where people obtain these medications, we can help with the development of appropriately targeted interventions to stop this growing health crisis. Recent research indicates high-risk use of prescription opioids is associated with increased overdose mortality. To assess the contribution of certain […]

15 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:44 am
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Eating Disorders and Addictive Behaviors

Some people suffering with an eating disorder may also be exhibiting other addictive or self-destructive behaviors. As an eating disorder is a reaction to a low self-esteem, and a negative means of coping with life and stress, so are other types of addictions. These can include alcoholism, drug addiction (illegal, prescription and/or over-the-counter medications), and […]