25 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:02 am
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Do Newspapers Mislead About Alcohol-Related Deaths?

There is growing concern by researchers that alcohol related deaths are not being accurately reported. This lack of reporting may affect the public’s health by creating a lack of awareness of a growing problem. A study by the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, which was recently published in the journal Alcohol & Alcoholism, […]

23 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:03 am
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Common Addictive Substances that Can Harm Your Health

Not all addictive substances are illegal and addiction doesn’t always require a stint in treatment to get off what you’re using – depending on what you’re using. Surprisingly, over-the-counter (OTC) substances found at local drug, grocery and convenience stores can get you hooked. They activate the addiction center in the brain like a light bulb. […]

16 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:05 am
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New Control on Hydrocodone

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently changed all hydrocodone-containing products to Schedule IIdrugs. These are pharmaceuticals with accepted medical uses, but also the highest potential for severe psychological or physical dependence. This classification becomes effective across the United States October 6, 2014, and will change how the drugs are prescribed and dispensed. Patients prescribed hydrocodone […]

11 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:06 am
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A Natural Approach to Addiction Recovery

Holistic approaches to addiction and alcoholism treatment can be of great assistance throughout the process of recovery. From detoxification to reducing stress and improving mental and physical health, holistic treatment approaches play a vital role in regaining personal balance and adding to the strength of other therapies. However, their role is adjunctive and not a […]

14 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:31 am
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Nicotine Addiction’s Effects on Pregnancy

Nicotine addiction, and the many known risks to personal health caused by cigarette smoking, has resulted in well placed and easily seen “warning” labels on all cigarette packaging and advertising. Regardless of these warnings, past years have witnessed a rising number of women smokers, who endanger not only their health but also that of their […]

12 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:32 am
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Cultivating Good Habits

Ever wonder why some people seem to be so successful compared to other people living in Anywhere, USA? Evidence shows smart people who have been very successful share certain habits. They display persistence, are self-disciplined, set goals, and are avid readers. University of Washington study found that people generally had an easier time meeting personal […]

29 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:37 am
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Consider Trying Hypnotherapy for Addiction

There has been over a century of careful scientific study of hypnosis. Once largely regarded by the public as taboo, the popularity of hypnosis is growing among addicts in recovery. Hypnotherapy is gaining recognition nationwide as a viable option for addiction treatment, as a means of creating lasting change. Hypnosis is the introduction of suggestions […]

24 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:39 am
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Changing Neuroplasticity to Help Addiction

Scientists once believed that the brain could not be repaired once damaged, but now know that this is not always the case. Neuroplasticity explains the brain attempts to heal itself when damaged by making new connections or new neural pathways that work-around the damage in the presence of new information and stimuli. With intensive psychotherapy […]

22 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:40 am
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Addiction in Older People

People age 65 and over are at risk for prescription drug abuse, perhaps more so than any other age group. That is because Americans older than 65 make up 13% of the population, but consume about one third of all prescription drugs. Older individuals also take more potentially addictive medications than the general population, which […]

17 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:41 am
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Effects of Alcohol on the Body’s Organs

Alcohol abuse can have serious medical consequences. Most adults know about alcoholism and understand drinking can damage health over time. Few people understand exactly how many organs are put at risk by long-term drinking habits that can have disastrous effects on overall health. The heart can be affected when alcohol is regularly used over a […]

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