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.

Thanks to everyone who made the Michael Kaspari Memorial Run For Recovery a success!

The Run for Recovery on Sept. 14 was a big success. We saw a huge increase in participants (more exact numbers coming later … but, trust us, it’s a lot!), surpassed our $40,000 goal (which was originally $25,000!), remembered a great friend, and had a wonderful time together!
Thanks to our sponsors: Alerus, Essentia Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Bell Bank, Scheels, and the First Step Alumni. And also thank you, RDO Equipment Co. for loaning us an ATV and a volunteer for the day.
Thanks to all the volunteers, participants, supporters, etc. who made it possible!

Nutrition and Recovery


Robin Sickels, LRD

Family of Origin


Marty Tallakson, LPCC
Clarity Counseling

Anger Management


John Lyon, LICSW
The Village Family Service Center

Sleep Hygiene


Becky Elbert, CNS
First Step Recovery of The Village Family Service Center

Money and Credit


Dwight Schroeder
The Village Family Service Center

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday


DVD Presentation: 'Pleasure Unwoven'


Co-dependency and the Family Disease


Renee Sandvik, MSW/LAC
The Village Family Service Center

Anxiety Management


Dr. Renae Renardy, PsyD.
Lakeside for Behavioral Change

Alumni Speakers



DVD Presentation: 'Unguarded'