Q: How do I know if I need an evaluation?
A: If it causes a problem, it is a problem.
Q: Will the programs satisfy court-mandated requirements?
A: The courts typically require clients to follow recommendations as far as evaluations are concerned. We are certified by the state of South Dakota, and all of our counselors are Certified & Licensed Addiction Counselors.
Q: Will my health insurance pay for the treatment programs?
A: Since insurance plans and coverage vary widely, contact us for more details about insurance coverage. We do require that you pay up front, and you will be reimbursed if we receive payment from the insurance company.
Q: What is the cost of the programs?
A: The cost is dependent on which program is recommended. Call our office in Sioux Falls
for more information.
Q: How long do the treatment programs last?
A: First Step has 12-, 16-, 24-, and 54-hour programs.
A: No, we also offer our services in Brookings.
Q: Could one of my family members have
a substance abuse problem?
A: If you are concerned about someone you love having a problem, contact a professional chemical dependency counselor. We have the expertise and training to complete an evaluation to determine if a problem exists.
Q: What can I do to support my chemical-dependent family member?
A: You can go to a group called Al-Anon, which supports people who have chemical dependency problems. Counseling for family members is also available at our facilities.
Q: Do I have to quit drinking forever?
A: Alcohol dependency is a chronic progressive disease, without intervention it
always gets worse – never better. Therefore, a chemically dependent person can never go back to using.
Q: Do I have to go to AA?
A: AA has proven to be the most successful recovery program. It is an organization for men and women who want to quit drinking and help others to do so. It is important for a chemically dependent person to have ongoing support.