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Cory Montieth from Glee dies | How often do addicts relapse | Orlando Addictions Counselor

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Cory Monteith star of Glee dies at the age of 31 and many suspect he lost his battle against addiction and relapsed. Many family members of those struggling with addiction wonder how many times a person struggling with addiction relapses before they walk away from addiction for good! Below are statistics about how addiction touches [...]

Four Things Daughters Need from their Fathers | Tips for Dads | Orlando Counselor

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We often see celebrity father/daughters relationships that are both good and bad! From the outside looking in, it appears that Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley Cyrus have an awesome personal and professional relationship. On the other hand, Angelina Jolie and father Jon Voight struggled to keep their father/daughter relationship on good terms. With every [...]

Do Most Sexual Abuse Survivors Lose their Childhood | Amanda Perry, Michelle Knight, & Gina DeJesus | Dana West, LCSW Orlando Abuse Counselor

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Darkness into Light Fleeing from the pits of darkness, Amanda Perry, 27, escaped from being held hostage for over a decade.  She called 911 at a neighbor’s house and found freedom after 10 years being held hostage.  She wasn’t the only one, Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, 23, and Michele Knight, 32, were found alive Monday night [...]

Instagram Beauty Pageants | Orlando Counselor | Teen Girls Self-Esteem | Toddlers & Tiaras | Tips for Parents

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From Toddlers and Tiaras to Instagram Beauty Pageants, young girls are throwing themselves onto the merciless stage of judgment, comparisons, criticism and pain. According to an ABC News report, “Among the hottest activities on social media these days is Instagram’s beauty contests, where young girls go head-to-head in cyber beauty pageants online and on their [...]

The Benefits of Forgiveness | Orlando Counselor Dana West

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The Benefits of Forgiveness | Dana West, LCSW Why is forgiveness easy to verbalize but so difficult to express? How many times should I forgive?  Can I distance myself while forgiving someone who hurts me repeatedly? If I forgive too quickly am I a pushover?  Is forgiving truly forgetting? I will never forgive you!  These [...]

Substance Abuse Doesn’t Discriminate | Amanda Bynes DUI | Dana West Orlando Addictions Counselor

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Substance Abuse Doesn’t Discriminate | Amanda Bynes DUI | Orlando Substance Abuse Counselor Dana Risucci-West, LCSW Addictions Expert Picture Perfect? Some people appear to have it all: good grades, rewarding careers, and loving families. What outsiders may not see behind the near perfect appearance are issues that may be internalized to keep up an image. [...]