Constance Scharff PhD

Constance [Ahuva Batya] Scharff holds a PhD in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery and radical personal transformation.

She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu, an industry-leading addiction treatment facility in Malibu, California.

Dr. Scharff co-authored Ending Addiction for Good with Cliffside Malibu founder Richard Taite. In that book, she and Taite share both their personal stories of addiction recovery as well as outline the groundbreaking treatment protocol used at Cliffside Malibu. Dr. Scharff shares this treatment protocol and the science behind it worldwide with mental healthcare professionals, government agencies, and clergy.

She writes for a variety of publications and speaks internationally on expanding access to mental healthcare and the latest therapies that improve treatment outcomes for addicts. She has traveled extensively across the globe, learning how to help individuals create life-transforming experiences and improve their psychological well-being.

In addition to her addiction work, Dr. Scharff is also an author and poet. Under her Hebrew name, her award-winning book of Jewish themed poetry, Meeting God at Midnight shares how she grew through sexual abuse and infertility to find a life of meaning and hope.

Dr. Scharff is currently completing her first novel.

Book Reviews by Constance Scharff PhD

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“Any friend or family member who enjoys meditation—or who might appreciate a gentle nudge in that direction—will smile thumbing through A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness by Ton Mak.”

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“Birds of a Feather is a powerful glimpse into the struggles of people and animals who are working to overcome trauma.”

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If anyone knows Transcendental Meditation, it’s Bob Roth.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that in 2016, more than 64,000 Americans died from accidental opioid overdose.

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To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action by Pilar Jennings PhD is a tender and compassionate memoir of the experiences of an early career p

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If you work with children, The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris MD may be the most important book you read this year.

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In a time when substance abuse is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year and quality training for addiction treatment providers can be difficult to find, The Spectrum of Addiction: Ev

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Breathing regulates our everyday experience. What if we could change our lives by changing our breathing?

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“Horse enthusiasts regularly experience the ways in which horses uplift and save us, giving meaning and peace . . .”

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". . . might be the most informative, useful book on trauma treatment . . ."

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Depression and anxiety affect more than 50 million Americans in any given year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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When Sheryl Sandberg’s husband unexpectedly died while on a trip to Mexico, her world turned upside down.

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“this book provides critical, factual information to families who feel alone and under-resourced, facing an impossible situation.”

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Deepak Chopra MD and Menas Kafatos PhD’s new book, You are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters, is a powerful, compelling discussion of an emerging perspective in

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The Case Against Sugar is not another diet book, which is precisely why it might change your life.

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There are times when a psychotherapist makes a huge difference in a client’s life and there are times when, despite best efforts, lives are lost.

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if you are looking for a book that describes the brain’s role in how we create perspective(s) and interact in the world, including some aspects of mental health and mental

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More than 47,000 Americans died of accidental overdose in 2014. What is causing this epidemic of overdose deaths?

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There is a reason that world renowned chefs like Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain are singing the praises of Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother—because the bo

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“This book is a one-of-a-kind teaching, a rare delight for those who want to live their lives more fully . . .”

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“The prose is refined, even beautiful, which is unexpected when such a difficult subject is being discussed.”