22 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:24 am
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Alcohol Consumption in Later Life

A study found that single, educated and wealthy men continue to drink more into later life, while women over 50 cut down their drinking after the loss of a partner. The ten year study of more than 4,500 men and women over 45 years of age has identified the drinking habits of older adults and […]

20 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:25 am
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Pain in the Brain

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain. Pain is the most common reason Americans access the health care system, is a leading cause of disability and a major contributor […]

15 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:26 am
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Benefit of Women Psychologists in Sports

Both men and women athletes respond better to female psychologists than they do to male practitioners according to new research. Leeds Metropolitan University’s Rebecca Mitchell carried out the study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in 2014. During the study, 117 participants (59 women, 58 men — most aged between 18 and 35), […]

13 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:27 am
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Results from a Year of Legalized Recreational Marijuana Use in Colorado

It has been a year since Colorado allowed adults to purchase marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries, and two years since possession for personal use became legal. In general, little has changed except a surge in tourism. Some notable changes are interesting though. The state’s once-tightly regulated medical marijuana industry is now a tighter regulated retail industry. […]

8 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:28 am
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Can You Recognize Alcohol Poisoning?

An overdose of alcohol occurs when a person has a blood alcohol content (BAC) sufficient to produce impairments that increase the risk of harm. As BAC increases, so do alcohol’s effects—as well as the risk for harm. Even small increases in BAC can decrease coordination, make a person feel sick, and cloud judgment. When BAC […]

6 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:33 am
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Quit Smoking to Stay Sober

A team of researchers working at Yale University has found that quitting drinking may be harder if individuals continue to smoke cigarettes during recovery. Alcohol dependence and tobacco smoking are highly connected. Although continued smoking during alcohol withdrawal may reduce relapse risk in the short term, in the long term, alcohol and tobacco dependence may […]

30 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:34 am
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Risk of Sudden Death in Cocaine Users Substantiated

The increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine has been, for the first time, documented by researchers. In people in the 19-49 age group, this risk is quadrupled. The researchers included a population excluded from other clinical studies. All the individuals had suffered sudden death of a non-violent nature with instant […]

23 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:35 am
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Family Therapy: Helping Addicts and Their Family Recover

Substance abuse disorders do not develop in isolation. Family therapy is often used to examine factors that help maintain an individual’s substance abuse behavior. To understand these factors, the therapist considers the family’s various structural elements and how they contribute to substance abuse. Proven types of family therapy are integral components in comprehensive treatment programs […]

16 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:39 am
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Can Overuse of Facebook Warn of Potential Addiction Problems?

While Facebook itself might not be addictive, those who find themselves chained to it could be experiencing issues associated with impulse control disorders, the same kind of impulse control problems that can lead to substance abuse. A University of Albany research team, led by Julia Hormes, evaluated the addictive nature of Facebook in a sample […]

11 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:40 am
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Confronting Baby Boomers about Substance Abuse

There remains something of a myth that substance misuse is mainly something the young and irresponsible do. The reality is that a growing number of baby boomers are carrying their drug problems straight through middle age and into their 60s, 70s, and beyond. Increases in substance use often occur in conjunction with significant life changes, such […]