Starting the Process

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.

Addiction and the Family

We believe that addiction affects the entire family, and that’s why we treat the entire family. Our Family Program provides support, education, and community for loved ones of those struggling with addiction.

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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.

Lecture: 'Tobacco Cessation'


Presenter: Jay Taylor, RT

Lecture: 'Nutrition and Recovery'


Presenter: Robin Sickels, LRD

Lecture: 'Recovery'


Presenter: Alumni Speakers

Lecture: 'Family of Origin'


Presenter: Marty Tallakson, LPCC

Clarity Counseling

Lecture: 'Money and Credit Concerns'


Presenter: Dwight Schroeder

The Village Family Service Center

Lecture: 'Co-Dependency and the Family Disease'


Renee Sandvik, MSW/LAC

The Village Family Service Center

Lecture: 'Substance Use Disorders'


Presenter: Dr. Barrie March

DVD Presentation: 'Bette'


Lecture: 'Recovery'


Presenter: Alumni Speakers

Lecture: 'Anxiety Management'


Dr. Renae Renardy, PsyD.

Lakeside for Behavioral Change

DVD Presentation: 'Unguarded'


Lecture: 'Anger Management'


John Lyon, LICSW

The Village Family Service Center

Lecture: 'Self-Care'


Nadine Hillensheim, LPCC

The Counseling Center