19 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:52 am
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Those Dedicated to Recovery Have Hope

There is hope for successful recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and this important information should more often be part of the message taught during substance abuse education and prevention programs. A message of hope can provide inspiration for those struggling with addictions by sharing the many positive success stories along with the warnings. Often […]

17 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:53 am
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Help Mild Depression Naturally

Individuals can help alleviate their mild depression symptoms many different ways without medications. Healthier homeopathic alternatives may be effective in treating mild cases of depression and a much healthier option than starting prescription drugs.  Choices include exercise, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation. Here are two suggestions to try. Laugh: Laughter is the best medicine. Depression is […]

29 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:56 am
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Gambling Out of Control

While legal gambling was for a period restricted mainly to gambling towns such as Las Vegas or Atlantic City, there are now hundreds of casinos on Indian Reservations across the country, riverboat casinos, and offshore day trips. Most require planning to visit, which can be a deterrent to many, but certainly not all potential gambling […]

27 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:31 am
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Veterans: A New Alternative Treatment for PTSD

A group of veterans is seeking to educate people about new treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). To them, it is a matter of quality of life for returning service personnel and a matter of cost. One Vietnam Vet claims he was treated for PTSD with very strong medication, but […]

22 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:32 am
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Treatment Courts: Helping Veterans in Montana

In Montana, “a treatment-based alternative to incarceration for veterans caught up in the criminal justice system”is the Veterans Treatment Court. The program is supported by law enforcement officials and judges across the state, including the Attorney General, and is proving to be a popular and successful drug and alcohol treatment plan. Graduates of the program […]

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 […]

13 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:36 am
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How Memory Could Help the Future of Drug Users

People who are dependent on drugs often are thinking about the future, meaning their next drug fix, but not about the long-range future. For many addicts, their over-all health and what harm past drug use might cause is not what is on their minds. Future or delay discounting, is the human behavior where people tend […]

8 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:39 am
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What We Really Know About Meditating Depression

Depression may be one of the most mysterious conditions to affect human beings. How does the emotion of sadness, melancholy or grief become a biochemical condition? …and why don’t serotonin-enhancing antidepressants work as well as expected, if they even work at all? Here’s a brief history of depression treatment that may serve as a starting […]

17 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:43 am
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Do You Know the New Mental Health Insurance Coverage Rules?

Most insurance plans in the past have offered limited mental health coverage. The problem was many insurance companies disagreed with physicians on what was considered treatment and exactly what was covered. This resulted in many persons suffering from psychiatric disorders, alcoholism or drug addiction did not get the treatment that they needed because providers and […]

17 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:42 am
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Addiction Treatment Discrimination and the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) that went into effect January 1, 2014, includes pre-existing conditions but effectively discriminates against addiction treatment for those with the lowest incomes. Evidently, an existing federal law prevents drug treatment centers, including hospitals, from helping Medicare patients if they have more than 16 beds! This outdated law originally was enacted […]