Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) West Fargo ND

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

First Step Recovery PLLP
409 7th Street South,
Fargo, ND58103
(701) 293-3384
www.firststep-recovery.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance

First Step Recovery, a licensed addiction treatment facility, provides comprehensive, confidential treatment of alcoholism and other drug dependency. At First Step Recovery, we believe these are treatable illnesses, and we base our recovery program on this guiding principle:
Alcoholism and other drug dependencies are physical, emotional, social, and spiritual disorders. They are characterized by excessive, compulsive, and uncontrolled use of alcohol and other drugs that affect not only the person who is dependent but also family members and significant others.
ShareHouse Wellness Center
715 North 11th Street, Suite 204,
Moorhead, MN56560
(218) 233-6398
www.sharehouse.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(877) 294-6561

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Specializing in Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

Located in Fargo, North Dakota, ShareHouse has been providing chemical dependency treatment services to adult men and women since 1975. ShareHouse offers intensive primary treatment and outpatient levels of care for individuals afflicted with the disease of alcohol/drug addictions. A knowledgeable and caring staff are ready to assist you and family members move toward a life of healthy recovery. Visit our programs to learn more about levels of care programming offered by ShareHouse.
Confidentiality

Confidentiality of client records will be stipulated by applicable local, state and federal statutes and regulations.

It is the policy of ShareHouse, Inc. to protect its clients in accordance with the Federal Confidentiality Regulations. At the same time, ShareHouse Inc. staff must gather all relevant data in order to help in developing effective treatment plans for clients.
Insurance Information

ShareHouse is approved by most major insurance companies. Please contact our insurance department to validate your coverage. Cindy Simmer, Director of Admissions, 701-478-9558 or 701-361-1018. ShareHouse accepts both Visa and MasterCard.
Drake Counseling Services Inc
1202 23rd Street South,
Fargo, ND58103
(701) 293-5429
www.drakecounselingservices.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance

Specializing in Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

The mission of Drake Counseling Services is to provide safe and effective mental health and substance abuse treatment grounded on scientific knowledge, delivered by a multidisciplinary staff with proven expertise, and considerate of the client’s developmental, cultural, and problem specific needs.

Drake Counseling Services recognizes that decades of scientific research and clinical practice have yielded a variety of effective approaches to mental health and drug addiction treatment. Drake Counseling Services incorporates into a single model an array of treatment modalities that are evidence-based and specifically client appropriate.
Red River Recovery Center
701 Center Avenue East,
Dilworth, MN56529
(218) 284-7772
www.redriverrecovery.net

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance

Specializing in Women, Men

The Red River Recovery Center is a Minnesota licensed Rule 31 treatment facility for those in need of chemical and drug rehabilitation. RRRC provides a temporary residence for up to 66 male and female clients and helps the chemically dependent re-enter the community with the support necessary for a healthy lifestyle.

The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

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The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

Cindy Weir

Friday, September 14, 2007 I have read many articles on the subject of alcoholism and AA. Most are full of misinformation, misunderstanding and untruth. This is my attempt, as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, to help you understand this cunning, baffling and powerful disease and how AA helps us live sober, one day at a time.

The disease of alcoholism, (yes, it's a disease), is a threefold illness- physical, mental and spiritual. There is no cure for alcoholism. What we have is recovery and discovery. It is not a program of self-improvement of self-help. It is a program of self-discovery.

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

The first aspect of the disease is physical. An alcoholic processes alcohol differently than the "normal" drinker. Of course the term normal includes all ranges of drinkers. But only the alcoholic develops what is known as the phenomenon of craving. In essence, an alcoholic is allergic to alcohol. This allergy manifests itself in this craving making it impossible for us to stop drinking. It is the FIRST drink that gets us drunk, not the last. When one drink is ingested it sets off this phenomenon of craving and makes us want more and more and more. We do not stop until we pass out, black out, go to jail, experience many consequences, and/or die.

The mental obsession is the second aspect of the disease of alcoholism. This obsession crowds out all other thoughts, including the reminders of all the pain, heartache, injury or other consequence that we have experienced. The disease of alcoholism centers in the mind. Therefore, the mind of the alcoholic cannot differentiate between the true and the false. We have just as much a thinking problem as we do a drinking problem.

If these two aspects sound grim, that is because they are what leads us to the desperation, futility and hopelessness that we feel while we are in the throes of the disease. We are either drinking, or we are thinking about drinking. Either way, we have no positive results.

This leads us to the third aspect of alcoholism- the spiritual. An alcoholic must experience an entire psychic change to overcome the physical and mental parts of our disease. There is a "black hole" that we feel and all we know to do is fill it with alcohol. Yet alcohol is only a symptom, our temporary solution to help us not have to feel. We self-medicate, and once we put any form of alcohol, including some in pill form, we set off this allergy/phenomenon of craving and we are gone. And, when we are not drinking, all we can do is obsess over the next drink- when and how we're going to get it. It is a vicious, never-ending cycle which leaves t...

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