16 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:31 am
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Are You an Addict? What is Addiction Really?

How does a person know if they or someone they love is “addicted” to something?  This can be a fully loaded question with a spectrum of opinions. Addiction is often used loosely and incorrectly in our society such as when someone says that they are “addicted” to chocolate.  So what is an addiction really? Any […]

14 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:32 am
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ADHD and Substance Abuse

A highly attended session at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) was the “Adolescent Substance Use and Psychiatric Comorbidity: Real-World Clinical Practice Essentials” given by Timothy Wilens, M.D. The topic of discussion was the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and substance use disorder (SUD) association. Between 6 and […]

9 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:32 am
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Treatment Courts Work for Veterans

“Ask any emergency room doctor or nurse, ask any social worker, ask any police officer with more than five years on the force, ask any municipal or county judge: they see the same people. They get arrested… they’re locked up for 90 days, they’re let go, and 48 hours later they’re locked up,” said General […]

7 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:33 am
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Dads are Important in Preventing Addiction

“The behavioral deficits we observed (in mice) are consistent with human studies of children raised without a father,”   said Gabriella Gobbi, an associate medical professor. “These children have been shown to have an increased risk for deviant behavior and in particular, girls have been shown to be at risk for substance abuse. This suggests that […]

19 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:34 am
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Addiction Recovery Is Not About Willpower

Addiction can devastate families. Family members are often frustrated when individuals can’t “just stop” without help. Yet science has proven that overcoming addiction and a lasting addiction recovery is not a matter of willpower or a moral failing. It’s a matter of the brain. Scientists have been able to identify at least some of the […]

3 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:39 am
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Resisting Temptation …How Do We Do It?

“When some desirable object is not actually present in our sense, exerting its pull on us directly, our motivation to strive to obtain it is driven by our awareness of its (memory or fantasy) image.” That quote is from the authors of a recent study released October 2013 on temptation. From it we learn that […]

26 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:41 am
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Krokodil is Spreading in the U.S.

Seeing their flesh rotting and falling off their bones would be enough for most people to stop whatever may be causing it. Not so for abusers so addicted to opioids they will continue to use dangerous drugs even when they see how harmful their behavior is. Especially when they are using Krokodil, an opioid that […]

7 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:48 pm
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Discovering Their Spiritual Side, Part 2

In part two of this blog, we continue to look at how different celebrities and successful world business leaders have found their spiritual side. Fewer and fewer Americans consider themselves to be religious, but still find their spiritual life to be important. Tina Turner was struggling to free herself from an abusive relationship with husband, […]

5 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:49 pm
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Discovering Their Spiritual Side, Part 1

n 1967, John Lennon opened up about his spiritual side and how he discovered God. Now, as 20% of Americans identify as spiritual, but not religious, more and more people are listening as celebrities and admired business leaders share more about how they practice their spirituality. Jim Carrey said he discovered that his Self was […]

31 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:55 pm
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Pennsylvania is Just One State that Has a Problem with Painkillers

The Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing epidemics. Its recently released report calls the misuse of prescription drugs (painkillers) just that – a nationwide epidemic. They report: Deaths from prescription drugs outnumber the deaths from heroin and cocaine combined; Enough prescription medication was prescribed in 2010 to allow every adult […]

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