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    Substance Abuse Assessments

    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Comments are off

    Do you have a concern about your alcohol or drug use? Do you think you are possibly chemically dependent, addicted or alcoholic?  In an effort to better serve our communities, First Step provides low cost substance abuse assessments to anyone who is interested. If you would like to speak with ... read more

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    Not ready for substance abuse treatment?

    Posted on September 5, 2014 by Comments are off

    It seems impossible to convince the necessity of it to someone who is not ready for substance abuse treatment. Most of us have been told that you can lead a horse water but you can't make him drink. I believe that, if that is all we do. Does that mean we give up after walking the horse to the wa... read more

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    Substance Abuse; Maturity & Responsibility  

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Have you ever had the feeling that addicts act like they are still adolescents or children? 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 fir... 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 powerful 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 beliefs... read more

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    What is treatment?

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse  is learning about chemical dependency, how it has affected the person using substances and how to avoid returning to problems resulting from using alcohol or drugs. The effect on the family is a  portion of the comprehensive assessment and treatment. Treatment... read more

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