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Why Locally Owned/Operated Treatment Is Best

Jun 24, 2024
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News
Discover the difference with locally owned and operated treatment!
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How “Squirrel Logic” Explains Addictive Behavior: Part 2

May 28, 2024
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Recovery
Learn how “squirrel logic” explains the effects of addiction on the human brain and behavior—promoting empathy for those struggling and insight for effective treatment.
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NEW at First Step Recovery: Detox and Treatment During Pregnancy

Apr 30, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Navigating recovery can be tough, but during pregnancy? Even tougher. First Step Recovery is here to help! Find out the details in this blog post.
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First Step Recovery Opens New 7-Bed Female Recovery House

Apr 22, 2024
 | 
Recovery
In this blog post, you’ll discover how our new female recovery house helps women in our community thrive!
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Parkman Recovery Now Offers Evening IOP for Males

Apr 1, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Our new IOP enables clients to fulfill work or other daytime commitments while receiving recovery services in the evening. Learn more about the details!
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First Step Recovery Announces New Relapse Prevention Program

Mar 25, 2024
 | 
News
Learn about the details of our new Relapse Prevention Program in this Q & A with First Step Recovery’s Supervisor of Outpatient Services, Adam Remington, MSW, LSW, LICDC.
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Here’s Why Social Work is a SUPERPOWER!

Mar 1, 2024
 | 
News
Social work requires empathy and a passion for helping others. Our social workers embody these qualities—and more. Learn why we believe social work is a superpower!
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How “Squirrel Logic” Explains Addiction and the Brain: Part 1

Feb 29, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Learn how “squirrel logic” explains the effects of addiction on the human brain and behavior—promoting empathy for those struggling and insight for effective treatment.
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5 Expert Tips to Crush Drug and Alcohol Cravings

Feb 1, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Even though cravings might, at times, feel impossible to resist—they aren’t! Prepare for the inevitable craving with the expert tips in this blog post!
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Romance in Recovery: 6 Dating Do’s and Don’ts

Jan 26, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Dating—especially in recovery—can be complicated. Find out how to navigate the dating scene while keeping your recovery intact.
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Case Manager, Joe Novak, Shares Why This Role is Vital

Dec 4, 2023
 | 
Recovery
Joe Novak, CDCA II/case manager (and member of the recovery community), shares why case management plays a vital role in the First Step Recovery treatment process.
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step 12

Dec 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the twelfth in a 12-part series, explores the meaning of Step 12 and how to "work it."
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step 11

Nov 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the eleventh in a 12-part series, explores Step 11 and how to "work it."
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Ten

Oct 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the tenth in a 12-part series, explores Step Ten and how to "work it."
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Nine

Sep 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the ninth in a 12-part series, explores Step Nine and how to "work it."
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Eight

Jul 22, 2023
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Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the eighth in a 12-part series, explores Step Eight and how to "work it."
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The Serious Sting of “Wasping”

Jul 20, 2023
 | 
Recovery
“Wasping” was first documented in Ohio in 2018 and treatment centers have noticed a recent uptick in this drug trend. Learn more about wasping and its dangerous effects.
Genetic Coding

Study Identifies Genetic Markers Underlying Addiction

Jun 22, 2023
 | 
Recovery
A new study of more than one million people has identified genetic markers underlying substance use disorders. Learn about the key details and findings!
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Seven

Jun 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the seventh in a 12-part series, explains Step Seven and offers tips for working it.
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6 Strategies for Squashing Self-Pity

May 20, 2023
 | 
Recovery
An extended stay in the bitter morass of self-pity can have harmful consequences. Find out how to squash self-pity before it impacts your life (or sobriety).
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Discharge Planning: Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle After Treatment

Apr 26, 2023
 | 
Recovery
FSR’s safe discharge planning begins at admission and continues throughout the course of treatment. Learn what’s included in a solid discharge plan (and why it matters).
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Breaking Free from Meth Addiction

Mar 30, 2023
 | 
Recovery
Methamphetamine addiction and overdose are on the rise. Understand the signs of use and withdrawal symptoms and learn where to turn for help.
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What You Need to Know About “Killer” Drug Xylazine

Mar 23, 2023
 | 
Recovery
Xylazine or “Tranq”—an animal tranquilizer now found in many street drugs—is causing an increase in overdose deaths. Here’s what you need to know about this killer drug.
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What To Do When a Loved One Can’t or Won’t Stay Sober

Mar 22, 2023
 | 
Recovery
If a loved one struggles with addiction, we might believe we can somehow fix the problem. But we can only control our own behavior. Learn how to support with enabling.
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Six

Feb 22, 2023
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Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the sixth in a 12-part series, explains Step Six and offers tips for working it.
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7 Ways to Extinguish the Flames of Resentment

Jan 23, 2023
 | 
Recovery
Resentment means “bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.” Learn why resentments are detrimental to recovery and how to let them go.
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Five

Jan 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the fifth in a 12-part series, explains the meaning and importance of working Step Five.
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Four

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Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the fourth in a 12-part series, shares potential challenges and tips when working Step 4.
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Top 3 Reasons to Avoid At-Home Detox

Nov 20, 2022
 | 
Recovery
In addiction treatment, “detox” refers to the removal of drugs or alcohol from the body. Here, we discuss why at-home detox is so risky.
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Three

Oct 27, 2022
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Recovery
AA and NA provide a basic blueprint for good, clean living through the 12 Steps. This post, the third in a 12-part series, explores how to "work" Step Three.
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Why You Need a 12-Step Sponsor (And How to Find One)

Oct 19, 2022
 | 
Recovery
A 12-Step sponsor is a mentor who can help you “work” the AA or NA program. Find out how to choose a sponsor and the benefits of working with one.
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Two

Sep 27, 2022
 | 
Recovery
AA and NA provide a basic blueprint for good, clean living through the 12 Steps. This post, the second in a 12-part series, explores Step Two.
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The 12 Steps in Depth: Step One

Aug 25, 2022
 | 
Recovery
AA and NA offer a basic blueprint for good, clean living through the 12 steps. This post is the first in a 12-part series that explores the significance of each step.
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Social Support: Sobriety’s Special Ingredient

Aug 1, 2022
 | 
Recovery
Research has shown that social support improves sobriety outcomes, including a decreased likelihood of relapse. Here, we explore how social networks help foster recovery.
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Overdose Awareness: Know the Signs. Save a Life.

Jul 26, 2022
 | 
Recovery
International Overdose Awareness Day takes place each year on August 31. But understanding the signs of overdose can be important every day. Learn more here.
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Inpatient Medication for Addiction Treatment Program

Jun 27, 2022
 | 
Recovery
Our MAT program is unique because it enables clients to become accustomed to medication-assisted treatment and psychotherapy while in an inpatient level of care.
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6 Ways Drug Court Improves Clients’ Lives

May 24, 2022
 | 
Recovery
What is a drug court program? What are the benefits of participating? How does First Step Recovery help clients navigate and graduate? Find the answers in this blog post.
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How Ego Hinders Recovery

Apr 25, 2022
 | 
Recovery
What is ego? How does it impact recovery? What is the antidote to an inflated ego? Read on for answers to these questions and more.
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Beware of These Rationalizations That Fuel Addiction

Apr 21, 2022
 | 
Recovery
A rationalization is a way of justifying behavior through (what we perceive to be) logical reasoning. Here, we share common rationalizations that maintain addiction.
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4 Ways to Rebuild Trust Following Addiction

Mar 21, 2022
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Recovery
Loved ones don’t often quickly forgive and forget the hurt caused by addictive behavior. Here, we share ways for those in recovery to repair the wreckage of the past.
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Beyond the First Step: 5 Ways to Foster Long-Term Recovery

Feb 22, 2022
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Recovery
Removing the “drug of choice” from our lives isn’t the only change necessary for a strong recovery. This blog post shares tips for how to maintain long-term sobriety.
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Healthy Relationships in Recovery: Do’s and Don’ts

Jan 23, 2022
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Recovery
Healthy relationships are a benefit of working on personal growth in recovery. Here, we offer some guidance about how to achieve them.
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Continuum of Care: A Roadmap for Recovery Success

Jan 19, 2022
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Recovery
Approaching recovery through a continuum of care is critical. Learn more about First Step Recovery’s comprehensive array of addiction treatment services.
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Opioids 101: A Primer

Dec 27, 2021
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Recovery
The opioid epidemic continues to devastate those who struggle with opioid misuse as well as their loved ones. Here, we cover opioid basics and why they're so addictive.
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5 Ideas for a Sensational Sober New Year’s Eve

Dec 8, 2021
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Recovery
Whether you’re in recovery or just looking to ditch the drinking this holiday season, we’re here to help you get into the New Year’s Eve spirit—without the spirits.
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Alcohol Use Disorder: Short- and Long-Term Consequences

Nov 30, 2021
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Recovery
It has been said that, for a person with alcohol use disorder, “one drink is too many and a thousand is never enough.” Here you'll learn more about the consequences.
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Recovery Points Video: EMDR

Jul 28, 2021
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Recovery
In our very first Recovery Points video, you’ll learn about EMDR, an effective trauma treatment, and how it benefits our clients at First Step Recovery.
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12-Step Recovery: Myth vs. Truth

Jul 28, 2021
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Recovery
In this blog post, you’ll learn the truth behind common misconceptions about 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
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Is Kratom Helpful or Harmful?

Jun 1, 2021
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Recovery
Kratom was originally used for medicinal purposes, but in recent years it has gained popularity as a recreational drug. Learn more about the kratom controversy.
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FSR Staff Spotlight: Kerri Donchess, Compliance Manager

Jun 26, 2021
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Recovery
At First Step Recovery, we care more. In this Staff Spotlight interview, you’ll learn about Kerri Donchess and what inspires her to provide compassionate care.
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The Promises and Rewards of 12-Step Recovery

May 24, 2021
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Recovery
Working a 12-step program offers so much more than a life without drugs or alcohol. Here, we share 12 more Promises and Rewards to expect from 12-step recovery.
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Outpatient Treatment Options at First Step Recovery

Apr 24, 2021
 | 
Recovery
Outpatient Treatment at First Step Recovery enables clients to apply treatment goals in real-life situations—while building upon a structured program of recovery.
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First Step Recovery Acquires Parkman Recovery Center

Apr 21, 2021
 | 
News
First Step Recovery announces its acquisition of Parkman Recovery Center, one of Ohio's leading addiction treatment centers providing quality care in an intimate setting.
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Find Quality Addiction Treatment With These 10 Questions

Apr 1, 2021
 | 
Recovery
If you’re ready for recovery, of course you want the best treatment available. Discover 10 key questions to ask when deciding on the right treatment center for you.
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FSR Staff Spotlight: William Aley-Byrne, Therapy Manager

Mar 31, 2021
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Recovery
At First Step Recovery, we care more. In this FSR Staff Spotlight interview, you’ll get to know William Aley-Byrne and learn how he provides compassionate care.
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3 Expert Tips to Get Back on Track After Relapse

Mar 5, 2021
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Recovery
If you’ve experienced a relapse, all is not lost. This blog post shares expert advice for how to bolster your future recovery by viewing relapse as a growth opportunity.
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How’s Your Spiritual Wellness? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

Feb 28, 2021
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Recovery
Overall wellness includes several dimensions, one of which is spirituality. This blog post will help you boost your spiritual fitness with important questions to ponder.
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Teen Substance Abuse Prevention Starts at Home

Mar 1, 2021
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Recovery
Help prevent your teen from succumbing to substance abuse by starting the conversation early. Learn more in this blog post.
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How (and Why) to Make Amends in Recovery

Feb 4, 2021
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Recovery
Making amends (Step 9) is a critical part of recovery. More than just "saying sorry," making amends demonstrates positive change. Learn more in this blog post.
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Extended Care Phase II Treatment at First Step Recovery

Feb 1, 2021
 | 
Recovery
First Step Recovery's Phase II Treatment empowers clients to create a life they’re unwilling to trade for a drink or a drug. Learn how this service fosters independence.
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Is Addiction Really a Disease?

Jan 31, 2021
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Recovery
Whether addiction is a disease or a choice has been a question of great debate. In this blog post, we share some compelling evidence that will help you decide.
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First Step Recovery Staff Spotlight: Erin Heckman, RN

Jan 21, 2021
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Recovery
At First Step Recovery, we care more. In this inaugural FSR Staff Spotlight interview, you’ll meet Erin Heckman, RN, and learn how she provides clients with quality care.
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How Addiction Affects the Family

Dec 24, 2020
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Recovery
The effects of addiction spread to those closest to the person abusing substances…the family. Learn about why addiction is called "a family disease" in this blog post.
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Understanding the Withdrawal Process

Nov 25, 2020
 | 
Recovery
What are the symptoms of withdrawal and is there a way to minimize the discomfort they cause? Get the answers in this blog post.
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10 Tips for a Sober (Socially-Distanced) Holiday Season

Nov 1, 2020
 | 
Recovery
The holiday season can be a challenging time for maintaining sobriety. And, COVID adds extra stress. Get ideas for an enjoyable, safe and sober holiday in this blog post.
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At 30 Years Sober, First Step Recovery Employee is a New Person

Sep 15, 2020
 | 
Stories
When Tammy C. reached "rock bottom," she knew it was time to change. Learn how she has stayed sober for 30 years and has become a different person along the way.
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Atheist? Agnostic? 12-Step Programs CAN Work for You

Aug 21, 2020
 | 
Recovery
Whether or not you believe in God, you can still work the 12 steps. This blog post explains how 12-step programs can be a part of your recovery.
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First Step Recovery Leader Details COVID Precautions

Aug 14, 2020
 | 
News
At First Step Recovery, client and employee safety is a top priority. Chief Operating Officer, Cindy Woodford, details how we are helping protect against COVID.
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Do’s and Don’ts for Thriving in Early Recovery

Aug 2, 2020
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Recovery
In early recovery, it's common to feel vulnerable and uncertain. Our list of do's and don'ts can help those new in sobriety to get a strong start.
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First Step Recovery Staff Member Describes How We Care More

Jun 8, 2020
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Recovery
Stephanie* explains how client-centered care and teamwork are among the many qualities that make us different. (3:06 Listen)
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He Discovered a Link Between His Trauma and Addiction

Jun 24, 2020
 | 
Stories
For Glenn*, the thought of treatment was scary. At First Step Recovery, he was able to discover a link between trauma and his addiction. (1:53 listen)
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He Ended the Cycle of Addiction and Formed Deep Bonds in Recovery

Jun 26, 2020
 | 
Stories
When Doug* hit rock bottom, he was ready for a better way of life. At First Step Recovery, he found it. (2:28 listen)
Female silhouette raising hands in gratitude

How to Practice Gratitude for a Happier, Healthier Life

Jul 6, 2020
 | 
Behavioral Health
Research suggests that numerous benefits result from adopting an attitude of gratitude. Learn some practical ways you can incorporate gratitude into your life.
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5 Tried and True Tips for Sober Summer Fun

Jul 19, 2020
 | 
Recovery
Ready for sober summer entertainment? We’ve got some useful ways for you to stay on track in recovery while enjoying the warm weather months with friends and family.
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Darius Surrenders and Embraces Recovery

Jul 14, 2020
 | 
Stories
Listen as Darius* shares his recovery experience of turning his life around with the support of First Step Recovery. (2:57 listen)

At 30 Years Sober, First Step Recovery Employee is a New Person

Sep 15, 2020
 | 
Stories
When Tammy C. reached "rock bottom," she knew it was time to change. Learn how she has stayed sober for 30 years and has become a different person along the way.

He Discovered a Link Between His Trauma and Addiction

Jun 24, 2020
 | 
Stories
For Glenn*, the thought of treatment was scary. At First Step Recovery, he was able to discover a link between trauma and his addiction. (1:53 listen)

He Ended the Cycle of Addiction and Formed Deep Bonds in Recovery

Jun 26, 2020
 | 
Stories
When Doug* hit rock bottom, he was ready for a better way of life. At First Step Recovery, he found it. (2:28 listen)

Darius Surrenders and Embraces Recovery

Jul 14, 2020
 | 
Stories
Listen as Darius* shares his recovery experience of turning his life around with the support of First Step Recovery. (2:57 listen)

How “Squirrel Logic” Explains Addictive Behavior: Part 2

May 28, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Learn how “squirrel logic” explains the effects of addiction on the human brain and behavior—promoting empathy for those struggling and insight for effective treatment.

NEW at First Step Recovery: Detox and Treatment During Pregnancy

Apr 30, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Navigating recovery can be tough, but during pregnancy? Even tougher. First Step Recovery is here to help! Find out the details in this blog post.

First Step Recovery Opens New 7-Bed Female Recovery House

Apr 22, 2024
 | 
Recovery
In this blog post, you’ll discover how our new female recovery house helps women in our community thrive!

Parkman Recovery Now Offers Evening IOP for Males

Apr 1, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Our new IOP enables clients to fulfill work or other daytime commitments while receiving recovery services in the evening. Learn more about the details!

How “Squirrel Logic” Explains Addiction and the Brain: Part 1

Feb 29, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Learn how “squirrel logic” explains the effects of addiction on the human brain and behavior—promoting empathy for those struggling and insight for effective treatment.

5 Expert Tips to Crush Drug and Alcohol Cravings

Feb 1, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Even though cravings might, at times, feel impossible to resist—they aren’t! Prepare for the inevitable craving with the expert tips in this blog post!

Romance in Recovery: 6 Dating Do’s and Don’ts

Jan 26, 2024
 | 
Recovery
Dating—especially in recovery—can be complicated. Find out how to navigate the dating scene while keeping your recovery intact.

Case Manager, Joe Novak, Shares Why This Role is Vital

Dec 4, 2023
 | 
Recovery
Joe Novak, CDCA II/case manager (and member of the recovery community), shares why case management plays a vital role in the First Step Recovery treatment process.

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step 12

Dec 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the twelfth in a 12-part series, explores the meaning of Step 12 and how to "work it."

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step 11

Nov 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the eleventh in a 12-part series, explores Step 11 and how to "work it."

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Ten

Oct 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the tenth in a 12-part series, explores Step Ten and how to "work it."

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Nine

Sep 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the ninth in a 12-part series, explores Step Nine and how to "work it."

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Eight

Jul 22, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the eighth in a 12-part series, explores Step Eight and how to "work it."

The Serious Sting of “Wasping”

Jul 20, 2023
 | 
Recovery
“Wasping” was first documented in Ohio in 2018 and treatment centers have noticed a recent uptick in this drug trend. Learn more about wasping and its dangerous effects.

Study Identifies Genetic Markers Underlying Addiction

Jun 22, 2023
 | 
Recovery
A new study of more than one million people has identified genetic markers underlying substance use disorders. Learn about the key details and findings!

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Seven

Jun 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the seventh in a 12-part series, explains Step Seven and offers tips for working it.

6 Strategies for Squashing Self-Pity

May 20, 2023
 | 
Recovery
An extended stay in the bitter morass of self-pity can have harmful consequences. Find out how to squash self-pity before it impacts your life (or sobriety).

Discharge Planning: Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle After Treatment

Apr 26, 2023
 | 
Recovery
FSR’s safe discharge planning begins at admission and continues throughout the course of treatment. Learn what’s included in a solid discharge plan (and why it matters).

Breaking Free from Meth Addiction

Mar 30, 2023
 | 
Recovery
Methamphetamine addiction and overdose are on the rise. Understand the signs of use and withdrawal symptoms and learn where to turn for help.

What You Need to Know About “Killer” Drug Xylazine

Mar 23, 2023
 | 
Recovery
Xylazine or “Tranq”—an animal tranquilizer now found in many street drugs—is causing an increase in overdose deaths. Here’s what you need to know about this killer drug.

What To Do When a Loved One Can’t or Won’t Stay Sober

Mar 22, 2023
 | 
Recovery
If a loved one struggles with addiction, we might believe we can somehow fix the problem. But we can only control our own behavior. Learn how to support with enabling.

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Six

Feb 22, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the sixth in a 12-part series, explains Step Six and offers tips for working it.

7 Ways to Extinguish the Flames of Resentment

Jan 23, 2023
 | 
Recovery
Resentment means “bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.” Learn why resentments are detrimental to recovery and how to let them go.

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Five

Jan 1, 2023
 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the fifth in a 12-part series, explains the meaning and importance of working Step Five.

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Four

 | 
Recovery
The 12 Steps of AA and NA provide a blueprint for good, clean living. This post, the fourth in a 12-part series, shares potential challenges and tips when working Step 4.

Top 3 Reasons to Avoid At-Home Detox

Nov 20, 2022
 | 
Recovery
In addiction treatment, “detox” refers to the removal of drugs or alcohol from the body. Here, we discuss why at-home detox is so risky.

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Three

Oct 27, 2022
 | 
Recovery
AA and NA provide a basic blueprint for good, clean living through the 12 Steps. This post, the third in a 12-part series, explores how to "work" Step Three.

Why You Need a 12-Step Sponsor (And How to Find One)

Oct 19, 2022
 | 
Recovery
A 12-Step sponsor is a mentor who can help you “work” the AA or NA program. Find out how to choose a sponsor and the benefits of working with one.

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step Two

Sep 27, 2022
 | 
Recovery
AA and NA provide a basic blueprint for good, clean living through the 12 Steps. This post, the second in a 12-part series, explores Step Two.

The 12 Steps in Depth: Step One

Aug 25, 2022
 | 
Recovery
AA and NA offer a basic blueprint for good, clean living through the 12 steps. This post is the first in a 12-part series that explores the significance of each step.

Social Support: Sobriety’s Special Ingredient

Aug 1, 2022
 | 
Recovery
Research has shown that social support improves sobriety outcomes, including a decreased likelihood of relapse. Here, we explore how social networks help foster recovery.

Overdose Awareness: Know the Signs. Save a Life.

Jul 26, 2022
 | 
Recovery
International Overdose Awareness Day takes place each year on August 31. But understanding the signs of overdose can be important every day. Learn more here.

Inpatient Medication for Addiction Treatment Program

Jun 27, 2022
 | 
Recovery
Our MAT program is unique because it enables clients to become accustomed to medication-assisted treatment and psychotherapy while in an inpatient level of care.

6 Ways Drug Court Improves Clients’ Lives

May 24, 2022
 | 
Recovery
What is a drug court program? What are the benefits of participating? How does First Step Recovery help clients navigate and graduate? Find the answers in this blog post.

How Ego Hinders Recovery

Apr 25, 2022
 | 
Recovery
What is ego? How does it impact recovery? What is the antidote to an inflated ego? Read on for answers to these questions and more.

Beware of These Rationalizations That Fuel Addiction

Apr 21, 2022
 | 
Recovery
A rationalization is a way of justifying behavior through (what we perceive to be) logical reasoning. Here, we share common rationalizations that maintain addiction.

4 Ways to Rebuild Trust Following Addiction

Mar 21, 2022
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Recovery
Loved ones don’t often quickly forgive and forget the hurt caused by addictive behavior. Here, we share ways for those in recovery to repair the wreckage of the past.

Beyond the First Step: 5 Ways to Foster Long-Term Recovery

Feb 22, 2022
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Recovery
Removing the “drug of choice” from our lives isn’t the only change necessary for a strong recovery. This blog post shares tips for how to maintain long-term sobriety.

Healthy Relationships in Recovery: Do’s and Don’ts

Jan 23, 2022
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Recovery
Healthy relationships are a benefit of working on personal growth in recovery. Here, we offer some guidance about how to achieve them.

Continuum of Care: A Roadmap for Recovery Success

Jan 19, 2022
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Recovery
Approaching recovery through a continuum of care is critical. Learn more about First Step Recovery’s comprehensive array of addiction treatment services.

Opioids 101: A Primer

Dec 27, 2021
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Recovery
The opioid epidemic continues to devastate those who struggle with opioid misuse as well as their loved ones. Here, we cover opioid basics and why they're so addictive.

5 Ideas for a Sensational Sober New Year’s Eve

Dec 8, 2021
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Recovery
Whether you’re in recovery or just looking to ditch the drinking this holiday season, we’re here to help you get into the New Year’s Eve spirit—without the spirits.

Alcohol Use Disorder: Short- and Long-Term Consequences

Nov 30, 2021
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Recovery
It has been said that, for a person with alcohol use disorder, “one drink is too many and a thousand is never enough.” Here you'll learn more about the consequences.

Recovery Points Video: EMDR

Jul 28, 2021
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Recovery
In our very first Recovery Points video, you’ll learn about EMDR, an effective trauma treatment, and how it benefits our clients at First Step Recovery.

12-Step Recovery: Myth vs. Truth

Jul 28, 2021
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Recovery
In this blog post, you’ll learn the truth behind common misconceptions about 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Is Kratom Helpful or Harmful?

Jun 1, 2021
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Recovery
Kratom was originally used for medicinal purposes, but in recent years it has gained popularity as a recreational drug. Learn more about the kratom controversy.

FSR Staff Spotlight: Kerri Donchess, Compliance Manager

Jun 26, 2021
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Recovery
At First Step Recovery, we care more. In this Staff Spotlight interview, you’ll learn about Kerri Donchess and what inspires her to provide compassionate care.

The Promises and Rewards of 12-Step Recovery

May 24, 2021
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Recovery
Working a 12-step program offers so much more than a life without drugs or alcohol. Here, we share 12 more Promises and Rewards to expect from 12-step recovery.

Outpatient Treatment Options at First Step Recovery

Apr 24, 2021
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Recovery
Outpatient Treatment at First Step Recovery enables clients to apply treatment goals in real-life situations—while building upon a structured program of recovery.

Find Quality Addiction Treatment With These 10 Questions

Apr 1, 2021
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Recovery
If you’re ready for recovery, of course you want the best treatment available. Discover 10 key questions to ask when deciding on the right treatment center for you.

FSR Staff Spotlight: William Aley-Byrne, Therapy Manager

Mar 31, 2021
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Recovery
At First Step Recovery, we care more. In this FSR Staff Spotlight interview, you’ll get to know William Aley-Byrne and learn how he provides compassionate care.

3 Expert Tips to Get Back on Track After Relapse

Mar 5, 2021
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Recovery
If you’ve experienced a relapse, all is not lost. This blog post shares expert advice for how to bolster your future recovery by viewing relapse as a growth opportunity.

How’s Your Spiritual Wellness? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

Feb 28, 2021
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Recovery
Overall wellness includes several dimensions, one of which is spirituality. This blog post will help you boost your spiritual fitness with important questions to ponder.

Teen Substance Abuse Prevention Starts at Home

Mar 1, 2021
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Recovery
Help prevent your teen from succumbing to substance abuse by starting the conversation early. Learn more in this blog post.

How (and Why) to Make Amends in Recovery

Feb 4, 2021
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Recovery
Making amends (Step 9) is a critical part of recovery. More than just "saying sorry," making amends demonstrates positive change. Learn more in this blog post.

Extended Care Phase II Treatment at First Step Recovery

Feb 1, 2021
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Recovery
First Step Recovery's Phase II Treatment empowers clients to create a life they’re unwilling to trade for a drink or a drug. Learn how this service fosters independence.

Is Addiction Really a Disease?

Jan 31, 2021
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Recovery
Whether addiction is a disease or a choice has been a question of great debate. In this blog post, we share some compelling evidence that will help you decide.

First Step Recovery Staff Spotlight: Erin Heckman, RN

Jan 21, 2021
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Recovery
At First Step Recovery, we care more. In this inaugural FSR Staff Spotlight interview, you’ll meet Erin Heckman, RN, and learn how she provides clients with quality care.

How Addiction Affects the Family

Dec 24, 2020
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Recovery
The effects of addiction spread to those closest to the person abusing substances…the family. Learn about why addiction is called "a family disease" in this blog post.

Understanding the Withdrawal Process

Nov 25, 2020
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Recovery
What are the symptoms of withdrawal and is there a way to minimize the discomfort they cause? Get the answers in this blog post.

10 Tips for a Sober (Socially-Distanced) Holiday Season

Nov 1, 2020
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Recovery
The holiday season can be a challenging time for maintaining sobriety. And, COVID adds extra stress. Get ideas for an enjoyable, safe and sober holiday in this blog post.

Atheist? Agnostic? 12-Step Programs CAN Work for You

Aug 21, 2020
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Recovery
Whether or not you believe in God, you can still work the 12 steps. This blog post explains how 12-step programs can be a part of your recovery.

Do’s and Don’ts for Thriving in Early Recovery

Aug 2, 2020
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Recovery
In early recovery, it's common to feel vulnerable and uncertain. Our list of do's and don'ts can help those new in sobriety to get a strong start.

First Step Recovery Staff Member Describes How We Care More

Jun 8, 2020
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Recovery
Stephanie* explains how client-centered care and teamwork are among the many qualities that make us different. (3:06 Listen)

5 Tried and True Tips for Sober Summer Fun

Jul 19, 2020
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Recovery
Ready for sober summer entertainment? We’ve got some useful ways for you to stay on track in recovery while enjoying the warm weather months with friends and family.

How to Practice Gratitude for a Happier, Healthier Life

Jul 6, 2020
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Behavioral Health
Research suggests that numerous benefits result from adopting an attitude of gratitude. Learn some practical ways you can incorporate gratitude into your life.

Why Locally Owned/Operated Treatment Is Best

Jun 24, 2024
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News
Discover the difference with locally owned and operated treatment!

First Step Recovery Announces New Relapse Prevention Program

Mar 25, 2024
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News
Learn about the details of our new Relapse Prevention Program in this Q & A with First Step Recovery’s Supervisor of Outpatient Services, Adam Remington, MSW, LSW, LICDC.

Here’s Why Social Work is a SUPERPOWER!

Mar 1, 2024
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News
Social work requires empathy and a passion for helping others. Our social workers embody these qualities—and more. Learn why we believe social work is a superpower!

First Step Recovery Acquires Parkman Recovery Center

Apr 21, 2021
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News
First Step Recovery announces its acquisition of Parkman Recovery Center, one of Ohio's leading addiction treatment centers providing quality care in an intimate setting.

First Step Recovery Leader Details COVID Precautions

Aug 14, 2020
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News
At First Step Recovery, client and employee safety is a top priority. Chief Operating Officer, Cindy Woodford, details how we are helping protect against COVID.
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