Head Shot Dr. Scharff
Services Offered
Speaking, Consulting, Interviews
Most Recent Book Title
Rock to Recovery: Music as a Catalyst for Human Transformation
Book Description
Nonfiction Book Award Gold Winner

Tens of thousands of Americans die from substance abuse and suicide each year. Millions more suffer from mental health disorders. Rock to Recovery® – an innovative, therapeutic music program serving more than one hundred addiction treatment and mental health facilities in the USA – steps into the breach to offer participants help and hope. By writing, playing, and recording music as a group, non-musicians are able to build a community of support, find enthusiasm for treatment, and realize that recovery is possible. Veterans, trauma survivors, and those struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues can recover with connection. Rock to Recovery: Music as a Catalyst for Human Transformation contains eighteen stories of people who have used Rock to Recovery’s music program to live a better life. You too can use music to heal. “Music Is the Medicine!”
Additional Book Titles
Meeting God at Midnight (Poetry)
Ending Addiction for Good
Website #1
Amazon Page
Location (city/state/country)
Bellingham, WA USA
Author bio
Constance Scharff, PhD is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of addiction recovery and mental health. She most recently served Rock to Recovery, a music-based addiction and trauma treatment program, as VP Business Development, and Science and Research Chair. Previously, Dr. Scharff was Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research for a luxury addiction treatment center based in Malibu, California. She is the 2019 recipient of St. Lawrence University’s Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award, honoring her service to and advocacy for those suffering from mental illness, trauma, and addiction.

Dr. Scharff’s writing centers around using complementary health and contemplative practices to improve treatment outcomes. Her latest book, Rock to Recovery: Music as a Catalyst for Human Transformation, written with Rock to Recovery founder Wes Geer, describes the impact songwriting and performance has on mental health. She is also coauthor of the Amazon.com #1 best-selling book, Ending Addiction for Good and the award-winning poetry book Meeting God at Midnight. At present, she is working on a memoir titled Becoming Beloved, about healing from trauma.

Dr. Scharff regularly travels the world speaking, teaching and advocating for compassionate health practices that destigmatize mental health problems.
Professional Speaker Topics
Presentation topics include:

Why I Give: A heartfelt pitch for fundraising events, about why giving matters and the benefits of living a philanthropic life, from someone who has both given and received support.

Writing a Better Life: An interactive discussion of how the stories we tell ourselves create our reality, and instructions to change our inner narrative so that we can change our lived experience.

Overcoming Addiction and Trauma: An inspiring keynote address highlighting ways in which I have overcome addiction and trauma to live the life of my dreams, and help others to live theirs.

Best Practices Using Complementary Mental Health Activities: Designed for a professional audience, I discuss the most innovative complementary practices to improve mental health with clients.

My Best Life Now: An interactive experience to help students, employees, or teams use easy-to-implement mental health practices that can improve mood and function right away.

Lead Out Loud: A rousing keynote speech aimed at inspiring teams and leaders to use their best skills to lead with enthusiasm and skill.
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

Writing a better life.

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