26 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Here’s Why You Should Add the Great Outdoors to Your Addiction Recovery Plan

Here’s Why You Should Add the Great Outdoors to Your Addiction Recovery Plan There’s a lot to think about as you enter recovery from a life-consuming addiction to drugs or alcohol. You’ve gone to treatment, but what does life look like outside of the residential treatment center? Your life in recovery can and should be […]

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14 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:52 pm
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What We’re Learning About Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

What We’re Learning About Marijuana Use During Pregnancy There was a time in American history when the sight of a pregnant woman smoking a cigarette wouldn’t make the average passer-by stop and stare. But as our medical understanding of the impact of nicotine on developing fetuses grew, so did our medical guidelines for a healthy […]

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10 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
12:13 am
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Carrots in Recovery: How Renewing a Love of Food Can Nurture a Healthy Lifestyle

Carrots in Recovery: How Renewing a Love of Food Can Nurture a Healthy Lifestyle The cliché of the skinny addict has a hint of truth to it. The parts of the brain that usually drive us to perform life-sustaining activities like eating or having sex are redirected by addiction to focus on the sole purpose […]

9 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
12:04 am
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Four Ways to Comfort a Friend

Four Ways to Comfort a Friend When someone you care deeply for is in pain, not knowing what to say or do can be heart-breaking. Here are four ways you can bring comfort to a friend in need when you’re not sure what else to do. Listen. One of the most helpful ways that we […]

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28 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:55 pm
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Help! Five Things to Do When Words Aren’t Enough

Help! Five Things to Do When Words Aren’t Enough Tragedy often strikes when we least expect it, and sometimes there are no words available to express our feelings. Shock is a normal response to hardship. But supporting someone you love or seeing yourself through a difficult situation doesn’t end when you have nothing to say. […]

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9 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:06 pm
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We Need to Talk: Five Tips on Handling Hard Conversations

“We need to talk,” are some of the most dreaded words in the history of human relationships. But your inevitable conversation doesn’t have to be a knot of uncomfortable silences. Here are five tips for grappling with difficult conversations and ending with positive results. Listen first. It’s easy to get defensive when someone we have […]

18 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Beyond the Family: Four Government Interventions to Fight Addiction

Beyond the Family: Four Government Interventions to Fight Addiction   Families in the United States are really going it alone with regard to substance abuse treatment. Even when a loved one wants help, there very frequently are no treatment beds available or insurance will cover only a fraction of the cost or duration of care […]

16 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:27 pm
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No Restroom Needed: Three Reasons People Abuse Imodium

No Restroom Needed: Three Reasons People Abuse Imodium   A long-time occupier of bathroom cabinets around the country, Imodium (loperamide) and other antidiarrheal medications are under increased scrutiny as deaths from the abuse of this drug begin to increase. A study released by the international journal Annals of Emergency Medicine highlighted the health risks inherent […]

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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14 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:04 pm
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The Sugar Debacle: Three Ways Nutrition Scientists Got It Wrong

The Sugar Debacle: Three Ways Nutrition Scientists Got It Wrong   Sugar isn’t just in candy bars anymore. Look at the nutrition label on a loaf of bread, a can of pasta sauce or pretty much any low-fat dairy product and you’ll find sugar, lots of it. One might assume that any substance manufacturers routinely […]

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