Recovery is a wonderful thing, and it is important for you to be present and show up. You will learn that when you show up to your meetings, work, school and family things really start to turn around and even look better. Of course there is more to recovery then just showing up, however showing up i... read more
Tags: alcohol, alcohol and drug counseling, drug, Drug Abuser, Outpatient treatment, recovery, Substance Abuse Treatment, Treatment and Recovery
There are several false beliefs that we hear at First Step on what defines an alcoholic. Some of these are what people learn from the internet and other people that is a supposed checklist that determines whether you are an alcoholic or not. So we are going to clear that up.
You ha... read more
Tags: alcohol, alcohol and drug counseling, Alcohol and Drug Counseling Groups, Alcohol Use Concerns, alcoholic, alcoholism, Drug Abuser, Drug Use Concerns, Outpatient treatment, Substance Abuse Treatment, Treatment and Recovery
The media reports an argument, and we believe is true, that there needs to be more high quality substance abuse treatment available. There are too few quality programs available to meet the demands substance use has put on society. What is a quality program? How does one differentiate? Why should ... read more
Tags: alcohol, drugs, recovery, substance abuse, substance use disorder
Many people are aware that alcohol and substance use can lead to a loss on interest in school, lower grades along with feelings of hopelessness. However, there is a different side, the side of academic pressure that is leading teens to abuse alcohol and drugs.
Teens are under a lot of pressure. S... read more
Tags: adolescent, alcohol, drugs, self medicating, substance use, teens
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
Tags: alcohol, alcohol and drug abuse, blackouts, blockout, Defense Stage, Drug Use Concerns, family illness, Intoxicant Emotions, intoxicants
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
Tags: addict, alcohol, alcohol and drug abuse, chemical dependency, cocaine, crack, drug, Outpatient treatment, prescription drugs, withdrawal