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Help! My Loved One Is Struggling With Addiction

By: Amanda Wiegert, LMHC, NCC In our world today, almost all of us can say that we know someone who is struggling with or has struggled in the past with an addiction. We see it on the news, on social media, and in our own communities. Recently, we learned that singer/songwriter Demi Lovato relapsed after battling with substance abuse and

How To Deal With Tough Questions As A Women

Are you often asked...WHEN ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED? Or WHEN ARE YOU HAVING BABIES? When we are between the ages of 25 -35 we are often asked by friends, family, co-workers and our church family “When are you going to get married?” Once we get married we are asked by the same group of people "When are you going to

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Dear PostSecret: A Letter To An Assault Survivor

"I am so sick of people minimizing my assault because 'it could've been worse'" http://postsecret.com/#jp-carousel-12116 Dear postsecret, You are experiencing so much pain, anger, and hurt after hearing the phrase "it could've been worse." Assault is horrible, wrong, and a violation. You do not deserve what happened to you and it was traumatizing. The cutting phrase "it could've been worse"

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

Back-to-School Anxiety 

By: Colleen Andre, LMHC You have everything ready and set for your teen's first few weeks back-to-school. Clothes shopping is done, new school supplies are bought, and lunches are prepped for the week. Everything is planned and perfect. Until you realize your teen's back-to-school anxiety starts creeping in. The next thing you know, you are trying to calm down your

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

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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

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 Things to Consider after a Break Up

3 Things to Consider after a Break Up by Cherlette McCullough You're single now. Has it been really difficult to move on after the break up? Have you found yourself consumed with your Exe's life? Break ups are hard emotionally. No matter what kind of relationship whether it was short term or long term. Here are three tips to use

Fighting the Holiday Blues | Life Counseling Solutions

Fighting the Holiday Blues It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Is it really? For many, the holiday season is a somber time where we remember loved ones lost or the scarcity and pain in our lives. Here are some ways to combat the holiday blues. Reach out! As human beings we need to be with people. Making new