26 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:06 am
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Battle of the Bulge: Four Reasons Not to Diet

Battle of the Bulge: Four Reasons Not to Diet   Obsessed with current cultural ideals of ultra-thin beauty, overweight Americans are encouraged, frequently under the guise of better health, to “correct” their bodies through masochistic dieting, sometimes dangerous exercise routines and surgery. But even with all the money spent on weight loss, we’re still, on […]

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7 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:12 am
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Four Ways to Harness the Healing Power of Nature

Four Ways to Harness the Healing Power of Nature Why do city dwellers talk so much about ‘getting away?’ Why is camping such a popular pastime? Recent studies suggest that being in natural settings, or even just sitting beside plants indoors, can improve our mood, decrease stress, and make us more generous. Here are four […]

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10 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:06 pm
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Real or Imagined Stress? Four Ways Anxiety Controls Our Perceptions

Real or Imagined Stress? Four Ways Anxiety Controls Our Perceptions   Anyone tuned in to a 24-hour news cycle may find it hard to relax. With anchors capitalizing on our collective fears to grow their viewership and internet based media splashing outrageous headlines across our newsfeeds, more and more it seems to be in the […]

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11 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:44 pm
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Where’s the Silver Lining? Four Ways Adversity May Make Us Stronger

Where’s the Silver Lining? Four Ways Adversity May Make Us Stronger   Life is not fair. Some things just seem to happen to us, often leaving us reeling and wondering which way is up. It’s true that there will never be a way to avoid some of the worst experiences in life because, like death, […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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13 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Five Ways to Develop Gratitude

Five Ways to Develop Gratitude One important key to recovery is to develop a grateful spirit. If we have gratitude for the positive situations and people in our lives, we can address our problem areas with purpose and meaning. Here are five ways to develop a sense of gratitude in your life. Write a Gratitude […]

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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 […]

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