Treatment and Recovery

At First Step Recovery, we treat alcoholism and drug addiction as diseases. Like other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and some forms of heart disease, Substance Abuse Disorders have a well-defined and predictable course of development, as well as a common set of symptoms.

Starting the Process

We strive to make First Step feel safe and comfortable. We are here to help people get well. The process of recovery at First Step can begin with something as simple as a conversation so that the client can learn more about our treatment process.

Register NOW for
The Michael Kaspari Memorial Run For Recovery!

The second annual “Run for Recovery” is set for Sept. 14 at Lindenwood Park in Fargo. This 5K, 3K, 1K run/walk offers fun for the entire family, while raising funds and awareness for a great cause. Click here for more information or to register. And when you sign up, you’ll get your own personalized fundraising page that you can share online so friends and family can support First Step too.

This year, there will be special focus on celebrating the life and legacy of First Step Recovery Co-Founder Mike Kaspari, who unexpectedly and tragically passed away in April. Email if you have any questions or need assistance.

DVD Presentation



Lecture: 'Anger Management'


Presenter: John Lyon, LICSW, The Village Family Service Center

Lecture: 'Self-Care'


Presenter: Nadine Hillensheim, LPCC, The Counseling Center

Lecture: 'Anxiety Management'


Presenter: Dr. Renae Renardy, PsyD., Lakeside for Behavioral Change

DVD Presentation


Presenter: “Ungauarded”

Lecture: 'Sleep Hygiene'


Presenter: Becky Elbert, CNS, The Village Family Service Center

Lecture: 'Tobacco Cessation'


Presenter: Jay Taylor, RT