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 […]

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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13 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Five Ways to Develop Gratitude

Five Ways to Develop Gratitude One important key to recovery is to develop a grateful spirit. If we have gratitude for the positive situations and people in our lives, we can address our problem areas with purpose and meaning. Here are five ways to develop a sense of gratitude in your life. Write a Gratitude […]

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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 […]

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 […]

1 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:45 am
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Marijuana and Kids: How Can We Keep Kids Safe?

The new marijuana laws are complicating child custody cases across the nation. Currently no data has been gathered to show how often pot use comes up in custody disputes, or how often child-welfare workers intervened in homes where marijuana products are or were used, but it is an issue parents throw at one another in […]