2 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Sugar Addiction: It’s More Damaging to Your Body than You Might Imagine

What is it like to be addicted to sugar? The sugar addict craves sugar in the same way an alcoholic desires alcohol. They want it whether they are hungry or not. They want it at inappropriate times, in the morning and late at night. They have physical and psychological responses to sugar when it is […]

26 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:03 am
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Yes, You Can Die of a Broken Heart

“Broken Heart Syndrome” or, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, was once thought to be a myth, but researchers have found that individuals, particularly women, can die of a broken heart. The chest pain associated with the syndrome usually follows a traumatic event, such as hearing of news of a loved-one’s death or surviving a potentially deadly accident. Medical […]

24 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:05 am
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The Power of Positive Psychology in Addiction Treatment

Positive psychology is the study of what makes people feel happy or good. This perspective on psychology has the potential to shake up the entire field of clinical psychological research. What would therapy sessions look like if we focused on the talents, passions, and abilities of a client rather than on their psychological diagnoses and […]

19 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:07 am
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Writing an Obituary when Your Loved One Dies of an Overdose

It is never easy to write an obituary for a loved one. It is even more difficult when that loved one dies of a drug overdose, a substance abuse related accident or from the long-term complications of addiction. Not only is the family grieving, but many times they are embarrassed by the circumstances of their […]

19 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:58 am
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Do High Fat Foods Change Our Behavior?

Most people enjoy eating. In every culture in the world, feasts are part of the celebratory process. Not only do we like to eat nutritious food, but we often also crave high fat, sugary, and salty foods. The pleasure centers of our brains reward us for eating these foods. Also, as part of our biology, […]

17 MAR

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LGBTQ Community Members Have Special Addiction Recovery Needs

While there are no irrefutable research results on the subject of LGBTQ addiction rates, as this is a subject that has not been studied in a significant way, it is well established that LGBTQ individuals are far more likely than their straight peers to have substance abuse problems. In fact, “According to the Substance Abuse […]

12 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:09 am
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Defining Positive Psychology

A relatively new branch of psychology that focuses on understanding human well-being and happiness is positive psychology. It focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives. This approach may herald future changes in clinical psychotherapy practices. Consider this description given in a recent article in Psychotherapy Networker Daily: “For 50 […]

5 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:10 am
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The Danger of Positive Portrayal of Alcohol in Media

The portrayal of alcohol use in popular media today is misleading and dangerous. Common media sites such as YouTube and Facebook are encouraging alcohol abuse. By the sharing of videos showing inappropriate drinking games that look fun, many people never consider the negative consequences of abusive drinking. Until recently, little actual research studied the effects […]

3 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:11 am
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MDMA, Ecstasy, Molly: By Any Name, What’s the Risk?

A total of 12 students and visitors at Wesleyan University were hospitalized on Sunday, Feb. 22, for drug overdoses believed to be caused by Molly/MDMA. An article published in The Argus, claims all but two of the students were released, and authorities are working to identify the exact chemicals present in the drugs. “This particular […]

26 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:12 am
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How Marijuana Stimulates Hunger

Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine recently set out to study the “munchies” and the neurons that are responsible for the urge to snack after smoking marijuana. The research is vital to understand the cannabinoid receptor activation that drives hunger according to an article in Medical Daily. This is particularly important because in some […]