29 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
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New Year, Fresh Priorities: National Addiction Treatment Goals for 2017

New Year, Fresh Priorities: National Addiction Treatment Goals for 2017 What’s on your list of New Year’s resolutions? As a country, there’s no shortage of things we can change or improve upon; the way we’ve handled the opioid abuse crisis is no exception. Here are a few resolutions the United States should adopt in order […]

18 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
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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 […]

25 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Six Warnings that Someone Has a Substance Abuse Problem

Six Warnings that Someone Has a Substance Abuse Problem In our society today, people publicly use drugs and alcohol. In some states, it is legal to smoke marijuana. More people drink than don’t. Public intoxication at sports events or weddings is all too common. So how do you know when a friend, work colleague, parent […]

28 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Praying and Psychedelics Change the Brain in Similar Ways

Praying and Psychedelics Change the Brain in Similar Ways It has been said by many who use or abuse substances, and even some addicts, that they were looking for spiritual experience and this is what started their using path. This can be especially true of those who use psychedelic substances such as LSD, “magic” mushrooms, […]

16 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
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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 […]

2 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:08 am
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Mindful Lifestyle Changes for Total Health

Mindfulness trains you to become aware of what is going on inside your body and mind and how your inner world of thoughts and feelings is reacting to the events that are taking place in the world around you. When you develop this kind of mindful awareness, you become more aware of inner disturbances when […]

24 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:33 am
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The Science of Hangovers

Most adults can remember sometime in the past when they experienced the nauseating feeling caused by over-drinking alcohol. Hangovers can have painful symptoms including: dizziness, vomiting, pounding headache and a general miserable feeling of the entire body. These common symptoms in those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol are the responses of our body to […]

24 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:48 am
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Mental Illness and Stress in Families

Many families struggle with members who suffer from mental illnesses and this can cause a lot of stress for everyone involved.  Statistics show that one in four people in the USA have a mental illness at some point in their lives and of those individuals, nearly 45% suffer with more than one disorder. These facts […]

15 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:35 am
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Breakthrough in Migraine Prevention

Migraines are painful headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. An episode can be a complicated event, with symptoms that change over hours or even days, and tend to progress through several stages. Now two experimental drugs may finally offer help in preventing migraines in people who suffer multiple attacks every month, according to […]

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