12 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:53 pm
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Flakka: It Is as Bad if not Worse than Reported

Flakka: It Is as Bad if not Worse than Reported Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been dosing up rats with flakka, meth, bath salts and other drugs, in an effort to find which is the deadliest and most addictive. All the drugs had horrible results, but it looks like flakka may be […]

7 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:19 pm
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Eating a Healthy Diet Keeps Your Brain Healthy Too!

Eating a Healthy Diet Keeps Your Brain Healthy Too! The results are in and a new study tells us that eating healthy isn’t just good for your body; it’s good for your mind too. Yes, put down those cookies! If you want to have the best chance of good brain function into old age, you’d […]

5 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
9:22 pm
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Cocaine and Relapse – No More Likely than for Other Drugs

Cocaine and Relapse – No More Likely than for Other Drugs There are times when I want to scream in frustration. Nearly every day, there are new studies and reports out of universities that claim to tell us something profound about addiction, but in truth tell us absolutely nothing useful to addiction treatment and recovery […]

30 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Art Helps Prevent Cognitive Decline

Art Helps Prevent Cognitive Decline To learn about the cognitive impairment that we find among addicts, we read research in a wide variety of areas, including research being done on the elderly. We do our best to use all the neuroscientific information that is being learned to help addicts recover. In this case, recent research […]

29 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:50 pm
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Teenage Binge Drinking May Cause Permanent Damage to the Brain

Teenage Binge Drinking May Cause Permanent Damage to the Brain One of the things many alcoholics report is that they have trouble with memory. Now, researchers from Duke University Medical Center have linked this memory loss to binge drinking in the teen years. It cannot be emphasized enough that the experimental tendencies of teens can […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:48 pm
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Alcoholism Can Cause Depression

We’ve long known that alcohol is a powerful depressant and can exacerbate feelings of despondency. An article by Scott Stevens on theexaminer.com summarizes a new study from the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The article and study indicate that an even deeper connection between alcoholism and depression exists than what […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:02 am
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“Bath Salts” – AKA “Cloud 9” – Posing a Danger to Youth

Cloud 9 is a synthetic drug, sometimes known also as “bath salts” that has become popular with many young people, leaving parents wondering how to keep their children safe. Several dozen high school students from the Detroit area were recently hospitalized in separate incidents after using Cloud 9. In 2012 and 2013, more than 3,000 […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:00 am
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The Relationship between Sleep and Addiction

Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can make a person feel miserable. It’s no surprise then to find that sleep disorders and addictions are frequently seen together and certainly have a complex relationship. If you suffer from addiction you also likely suffer from a sleep disorder. People with substance abuse problems are five […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:55 am
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I Want to Get Some Sleep!

Approximately forty million Americans have a chronic sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can be caused by stress, psychological disorders, or sleep apnea, among other things. Older Americans often complain of intermittent or chronic sleep problems. But what if you’re already taking medication that “should” help you sleep and your sleep continues to be disturbed? What then? […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:54 am
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Meditation Improves Sleep

Regularly not being able to get to sleep or stay asleep is a terrible experience. It can leave you feeling drained, agitated, and foggy headed. But Los Angeles area researchers suggest there is new hope in the fight against insomnia, and that hope is mindful meditation. Researchers from UCLA and USC recruited 49 older individuals […]

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