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    10 Ways to Happiness

    Posted on April 18, 2014 by Leave a comment

    1. Exercise: 7 minutes is all you need, based on an article in the New York Times. Anybody can fit that in their schedule. Exercise affects our happiness and wellbeing along with being a helpful tool for depression. It helps people relax, increases brain power and can help improve body image... read more

    Never Give Up

    Posted on April 16, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Winston Churchill had an excellent quote that can be used in all areas of life and can also be used in recovery “Never, never, never give up.” There are many times in recovery when a person has thought to themselves that they were not sure that they could do it anymore and they just wan... read more

    Fentanyl Laced Heroin: Is it leading to a Deadly Path?

    Posted on February 11, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Fentanyl has been around for 50 years in it's legal form. It is a synthetic alternative to Morphine and it is 100 times more powerful. It is also 50 times stronger than Heroin. It is also know to be highly addictive. It is commonly prescribed as a skin patch, lozenge or through a intravenous drip fo... read more

    Assessment Process

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Many people come to First Step as a bundle of nerves not knowing what to expect from an assessment and what the process is. We try to make the assessment as relaxing and easy as possible. When you first arrive at your assessment you can expect to be greeted and checked it. You will be brought back t... read more

    What is Molly?

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Leave a comment

    What is this new substance that is called Molly? Is it really dangerous when supposedly celebrities drop references about it? Is that why so many teens are willing to try it? In 2010 a National Survey on Drug Use and Health determined that 12.4 percent of Americans that are between the ages of eight... read more

    Expressive Arts and Addiction Treatment

    Posted on November 22, 2013 by Leave a comment

    Expressive Arts and Addiction Treatment Expressive arts therapy is a form of healing that helps people with addiction and their families recover through creating art. It is holistic in nature and can be extremely beneficial in a person’s recovery and continuing into long-term s... read more

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    A Few Words about Treatment and Recovery.

    Posted on August 14, 2012 by Leave a comment

    Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse is learning about chemical dependency, how it has affected the alcohol or substance user, and his/her family and friends and how to avoid returning to using alcohol or drugs. Treatment is going through the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual changes that ... read more

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    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Research paper by Henry Tarkington, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
    Introduction This writer has been working in and around the addictions treatment field for almost 14 years. During the first 10 years of that time, 12-Step Facilitation and the Minnesota Model were... read more

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    How Alcohol and Drug Addiction Affects Family Members

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    The longer alcohol and drug abusers use their drugs of choice, the worse their lives become. Until they are firmly in recovery, this continues in a downward spiral until they end up in jail, insane, or dead. "Firmly" in recovery means working a program or attending counseling consistently with a lot... read more

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    Family and Couples Counseling

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    For Alcohol and Drug Use Concerns Often families and friends are concerned about someone they love who uses alcohol and/or drugs. The person using drugs or alcohol may not be ready for recovery and the family may be at a loss as to how to handle the situation. Counseling can help... read more

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    10 Ways to Happiness

    10 Ways to Happiness

    1. Exercise: 7 minutes is all you need, based on an article in the New York
  • My treatment has been beneficial for me at First Step. My DUI brought me to First Step and I had to look at the triggers that caused me to make the decisions. I realized through these sessions what my triggers are and how to deal with them.


    My experience at First Step was absolutely wonderful. I learned more about myself than I had my whole adult life. Our group counselor, Holly, did a fantastic job facilitating the meetings, and no matter what activity or discussion we had, I never left without feeling enlightened and fulfilled.


    I love First Step. I would definitely recommend it to a fellow addict in need. Also the family night portion was very helpful with me and my family. We learned how to have a healthier and happy relationship for all of us. Thank you First Step!


    When I first came in this group I felt like I didn’t really care, but when I came more, I became excited about this group.


    I’m not happy with the situation (that caused me to need treatment) but I’m glad it happened because I’m realizing early enough in my life that I need to be careful with my decisions and use my tools gained from group to keep my life on track.


    The counselors did an outstanding job of lesson planning and their work should be commended. I can now walk into the world with a greater purpose and I will continue to fight for the things that I believe in and will continue practice abstaining for all substances.


    I learned I have a lot to live for and that as long as I know right from wrong and learn from mistakes I can be successful. Thank you for helping me reaches my goal. A costly one that was worth it.


    I came into this program after getting in trouble at school. My first day of coming in I picked a nice seat in the corner, crossed my arms and tried to be invisible. I didn’t think this program would help me in any way, shape, or form. I just wanted to go through the motions […]

    Anonymous Former Adolescent Program Patient

    I have been directly affected in more ways than I am able to explain. Thanks for the support, and I appreciate what each of you has done for me.


    I value my family, my friends, and the air I breathe. My treatment here at First Step has been that of support and caring. I am very grateful to all of my counselors here at First Step. KD


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