Addictions

What To Do If You Suffered Parentification (AKA Mothering Your Mother)

By: Colleen Andre, LMHC At this point of your life it has finally dawned on you that you did not have a childhood. Instead, you were parentified and put into a role where having fun and feeling carefree as a kid was not an option. The question now is what do you do after you suffered parentification as a child?

How To Overcome Codependency

By Amanda Wiegert, LMHC, NCC Are you often unable to stop talking, thinking, and worrying about other people and their problems? Do you find yourself rescuing and taking care of other people but neglecting to take care of yourself? Melody Beattie, a well-known author in the area of relationships, once wrote “A codependent person is one who has let another

NARCAN: What is it?

By: Jessica Lipsy Globally, there is an estimated minimum of 190,000 – in most cases avoidable – premature deaths from drugs, the majority due to the use of opioids. We often focus on the problem so let’s turn that around and look at a solution.  There is one intervention that has been saving lives when it comes to opioid addiction

Halloween: Trick or Drink OR Trick or Treat?

Halloween: Trick or Drink... I mean treat! If we search Halloween party ideas what do we find?   “Drunk Party Ideas” “Best Halloween Cocktails” “Halloween Games with Rules to Get You Wasted”… Here are some facts that don't pop up: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year over 43 percent of all motor vehicle deaths involved drunk

“What Causes Addiction?”

By Jessica Lipsy I think we ask ourselves this question because we want answers.  We want to get to the root cause of someone’s drinking. Maybe we are hopeful that if we can figure out why they started in the first place and solve that problem then it won’t be an issue all together.  Or maybe if we figure out

When Is It Time To Get Clean And Sober?

by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey When is the right time to get clean and sober? Now!  Often times when someone starts contemplating stopping or going into treatment they will come up with a list of various reasons why they can’t.  We frequently hear things like, “I don’t have time;” “I could loose my job;” “I won’t spend as much time with

  • compassion

Developing Compassion After Trauma & Heartbreak | Orlando Substance Abuse Counseling

By: Jessica Candelaria Lipsey Individuals who have experienced tragic or traumatic events in their life often struggle with self-hatred or intense shame.  These core feelings prevent self-love and compassion, ultimatelypostponing healthy, desirable relationships.  Furthermore, if someone has experienced trauma and lacks healthy coping skills, they are more likely to use alcohol or other substances to self-medicate. Over 80% of individuals

  • anxiety, stress, depression, affairs, betrayal, cutting, abuse, self-esteem, blended family, divorce, anger

New Beginnings in Sobriety | Orlando Addictions Therapy

by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey The first step of getting sober is to admit that one has a problem.  Once someone develops the self-awareness of a drinking problem then they are on their way to a new way of life.  Many times, people struggle with the difference between what is alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse disorder, or chemical dependency.  They might wonder

Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders | Orlando Substance Abuse Counseling

by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey Over 10 million people have a mental health disorder and substance use disorder combined (2005).  Recognizing the link between addiction and co-occurring disorders is important for many reasons but when we acknowledge this link as a professional – whether it be a counselor, nurse, doctor, attorney etc. – it allows us to develop a cohesive system

3 Ways To Break Patterns of Toxic Love

By: Janie Lacy “I'm so sick of that same old love, feels like I've blown apart — I'm so sick of that same old love, the kind that breaks your heart,” are the words from the popular Selena Gomez song titled, “Same Old Love.”  Have you ever considered your pattern in love relationships?  Have your relationships left you feeling empty,