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    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Have you ever had the feeling that addicts act like they are still 14 years old? Do you wonder why they are often unable to fulfill normal adult responsibilities? The 12-Step programs have a theory about that. Recovering addicts and alcoholics believe that when they picked up their first drink or... read more

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    Shame & Guilt Prevent Treatment and Recovery

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Shame and guilt are two of the main reasons substance abusers and their families take so long to reach out and accept help. Guilt says "I am doing something terribly bad and deserve to be treated that way." Shame says that "I am a bad person and do not deserve anything good in life." When these two ... read more

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    Support Vs. Enabling?

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Enabling is a word that is used often in the counseling arena. Some of you may have even heard of enabling or have been told by a family member or a friend that you are enabling someone. Enabling is a behavior that provides an opportunity or a chance for another person to do something. So for the sa... read more

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    Book Corner- Daily Meditations

    Posted on July 7, 2014 by Leave a comment

      Being human means that we are not perfect and sometimes when we are struggling or even at peace, we need a daily thought to reflect on that can help us focus on the positives and remind us what we are striving for. Sometimes we hit roadblocks and have a hard time finding a thought or messa... read more

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    Meditation

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Eckart Tolle defined in the book “The Power of Now” what characterizes addiction as: “Quite simply this: you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop.” Going to treatment is not an easy thing to do, and getting sober is just as hard. People can have physical discomfort, pain and illne... read more

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    Self-Esteem and Self- Confidence For a Healthy Life

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by Leave a comment

    When people are going through addiction they tend to lose their self-confidence along with their self-esteem, part of the recovery process is building both up so the person is able to live their life in a healthy manner. The first thing to work on both self-confidence and self-esteem is learning the... read more

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    Book Corner: Mindfulness

    Posted on June 16, 2014 by Leave a comment

    What is mindfulness? It is a mental state that is achieved by focusing on your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting ones feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. It is known as sati in acient Pali. It is also a key tool for Buddhists who are trying to reach enli... read more

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    Journaling has Benefits!

    Posted on June 13, 2014 by Leave a comment

    When people are in recovery from substance abuse and trying to move forward with their life they spend a large amount of time in self-reflection. This time usually consists of thinking about the things they did in the past while under the influence of substances and it will not be the best experienc... read more

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    Life can be scary…Keep Moving Forward

    Posted on June 10, 2014 by Leave a comment

    There can be so many trials and tribulations in life, which is why long term recovery can be so scary to some people. Some will think “How am I supposed to stay clean during such hard time?” This is certainly true especially when someone use substances during times that may have been far less st... read more

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    The Book Corner: Self Esteem

    Posted on June 10, 2014 by Leave a comment

    As an avid reader I love making some great recommendations to others that enjoy sitting back with a good book. Sometimes reading is also a great way to work through your recovery program along with attending meeting and your group sessions. I get asked many times what book I can recommend that ar... read more

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    Have you ever had the feeling that addicts act like they are still 14 years old? Do you wonder why they are often unable to fulfill normal adult responsibilities? The 12-Step programs have a theory about that. Recovering addicts and alcoholics believe that when they picked up their first drink or drug, they stopped maturing […]

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    Shame and guilt are two of the main reasons substance abusers and their families take so long to reach out and accept help. Guilt says “I am doing something terribly bad and deserve to be treated that way.” Shame says that “I am a bad person and do not deserve anything good in life.” When […]

    What brought me to First Step was drinking and driving and being arrested twice. My first impression was that I wouldn’t learn anything and that I would hate it. What I thought was helpful was listening to others and their stories and how they handled their situations, they helped me reduce the want of alcohol […]

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    My first thought of treatment consisted of being nervous and not sure of what to expect. Shortly after beginning group I realized that everyone has similar issues but come from a variety of paths in life. I quickly felt in place as I realized that everyone pulled together to give positive feedback. My favorite group […]

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    Like everyone else that I have heard say I thought this class was going to be boring and a waste of time; but as I got into group and learned people and got comfortable. I was able to talk and share and really started to enjoy thanks to Tonya and Jessie. You guys were really […]

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    First Step is a great place to come to; to receive an assessment and treatment. The group sessions were very helpful in understanding the problems that arise from the substance abuse. The entire staff was very understanding and helpful. I would highly recommend First Step to anyone.

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    I came to First Step for a DWI. Even though I was very nervous and frustrated about having to attend group, I believe that it is a great tool put in place whether you are an alcoholic or drink socially sometimes. Personally, I have learned ways to deal with stress, how to communicate with others […]

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    What brought me to First Step I was smoking weed. The first time in group I didn’t know what to think, but I really enjoyed everything that I’ve gotten from First Step. I would just like to say that this group has helped me out a lot. It has opened my eyes to so many […]

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    Group has honestly helped me deal with my issues. I came here for a DUI, but failed a drug test and realized I needed help with other issues. I know I have upset Cynthia and Phyllis about things. I’m truly sorry you both have helped me in many ways. I have learned to say no […]

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    First Step was Awesome! This is the third treatment cent I’ve been to and was by far the best First Step doesn’t try to shove anything down your throat; they leave information on the table and allow you to take it yourself. I think that helps people open up. Neither Cynthia nor Phyllis views us […]

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