17 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:46 pm
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Cuts We Can’t Afford: Funding Federal Research into Medical Marijuana

Cuts We Can’t Afford: Funding Federal Research into Medical Marijuana The budget President Trump submitted to Congress for approval proposed a 5 billion dollar cut to the National Institutes of Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services and one of the agencies responsible for overseeing ongoing medical research and innovation. Support from […]

6 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:39 pm
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Natural Highs: Healthy Coping Mechanisms to Get You Through Adversity

Natural Highs: Healthy Coping Mechanisms to Get You Through Adversity   Harvard medical researchers agree: at its core addiction is a brain-based co-optation of our learning processes. Individuals addicted to heroin, prescription drugs, alcohol and even cigarettes all continue to abuse their drug of choice not because they’re blind to the damage it’s causing them, […]

17 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:52 am
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The Secret Relationship Between Memories and Emotion

The Secret Relationship Between Memories and Emotion Ever wonder why recalling an intense emotional memory can make you start to relive the emotions you were feeling at the time? It turns out there’s more to the relationship between our memories and our feelings than meets the eye. New research suggests that the kind of hormones […]

9 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:26 pm
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You Want to Stick Me with Needles? The Scoop on Acupuncture and How It Can Help You

Acupuncture is a time-tested medical practice. But the only thing most people know about the treatment is that it involves inserting therapeutic needles into the body. That’s enough to make even the toughest patients turn squeamish. These days a growing number of people In the United States are pushing through their misconceptions about acupuncture to […]

14 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:33 pm
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Stronger Together: Prevent Addiction by Building Strong Coping Mechanisms

Quality relationships with loved ones are some of the most powerful and influential emotional support tools we have. Responsible parents want to know, “How can I have fun with my child while giving them the tools they’ll need to take care of themselves through life’s adversities?” Here’s how you and your loved ones can build […]

31 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:14 pm
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It Takes a Village: Let’s Address Childhood Mental Illness

Watching a young person navigate the pitfalls of middle school and high school can be excruciating, especially if those years were hard for you. Once we become adults, we take on a new set of problems like paying bills and getting ahead at work, but kids suffer from mental stress and illness a lot more […]

5 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
9:35 pm
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DIY Happiness: Here’s How You Can Feel Good Today

DIY Happiness: Here’s How You Can Feel Good Today It’s easy to blame our blues on our present circumstances. Imagining that if only we had more money, more friends, or a better job, we would have the perfect life is an escapist fantasy that lets you put off true happiness until certain outside conditions are […]

30 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
9:41 pm
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Check Yes or No: Unpacking the Choice of Addiction

Check Yes or No: Unpacking the Choice of Addiction When most people imagine themselves in an addict’s shoes, they see drug use as a simple choice to use or to remain sober. This misconception is understandable; to an outsider the trajectory of addiction is most visible as our friend or loved one’s continued choice to […]

26 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:32 pm
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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 […]

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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