The Village Family Service Center and First Step Recovery
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Fargo alcohol, drug treatment facility sees jump in inquiries in the New Year
It’s a familiar phenomenon, says agency director
It’s a trend that First Step Recovery Director Mike Kaspari has come to expect. When the calendar changes from one year to the next, inquiries at this Fargo drug and alcohol treatment facility go up.
“The first work days after the New Year’s holiday, we tend to see an uptick in phone calls, in people scheduling evaluations, things like that,” he says.
One reason for the phenomenon may be that the holidays sometimes shine a light on a person’s substance use.
“There are Christmas parties at work, and family get-togethers,” Kaspari says, “and the behavior might be a little higher profile than it is usually. And siblings or other family members may be comparing notes about the concerns they have.”
He believes one reason for this trend at this time of year may also be something as “old as New Year’s” itself.
“People make resolutions,” Kaspari says. “People continue to look at the New Year as a time to renew commitments to being healthier, to changing their lifestyle, to addressing bad habits, things like that.”
The “long dark days of winter” may be a factor, as well, he says.
Kaspari says the rise in calls typically lasts through January and that the agency usually stays busy through the winter.
If you would like more information about substance use disorders in the New Year, First Step Recovery staff members are available for interviews. Please contact Shane Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-451-4938 for more information.
First Step Recovery is a program of The Village Family Service Center.