28 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
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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. […]

20 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Forget “Idle Hands”: Four Reasons to Start a Job in Recovery

Forget “Idle Hands”: Four Reasons to Start a Job in Recovery Your first year in recovery will throw a lot of curve balls at you as you rediscover your life free of dependency on drugs and alcohol. Interestingly, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that having a job can help bolster an addict’s recovery […]

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 […]

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 […]

20 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
11:44 pm
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I Think, Therefore I Meditate: Two Things You’re Getting Wrong about Mindfulness

I Think, Therefore I Meditate: Two Things You’re Getting Wrong about Mindfulness   If you’re doing downward dog, are you meditating? Although yoga and other eastern practices have fully entered the mainstream of “healthy living” and “alternative lifestyle” aficionados, the truth is that many people don’t quite have a grasp on the true origins of […]

11 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:44 pm
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Where’s the Silver Lining? Four Ways Adversity May Make Us Stronger

Where’s the Silver Lining? Four Ways Adversity May Make Us Stronger   Life is not fair. Some things just seem to happen to us, often leaving us reeling and wondering which way is up. It’s true that there will never be a way to avoid some of the worst experiences in life because, like death, […]

5 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:37 pm
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4 Things You Should Know about the Link between Sugar and Cancer

4 Things You Should Know about the Link between Sugar and Cancer   When someone mentions addiction, sugar is not usually the first substance we think of. Yet the detrimental effects of sugar and processed foods on our body’s health can be insidiously dangerous and very much akin to the addictive process. Whether addiction or […]

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