What Does A Camel Have To Do With Addiction Treatment?

Camels. You see them all over at First Step Recovery. There’s one on the sign outside, and one carved into a wooden meeting table. Figurines sit on desks. Even soft, cuddly camels are at home here.

It may seem an odd sight, these desert-dwellers in the frozen tundra of Fargo. But camels hold a special place in our heart.

First Step Recovery staff and their camels.

See, camels are a symbol of recovery. It’s expressed clearly in this poem, which adorns the coins we give to patients to mark their sobriety milestones:

The camel each day goes twice to his knees.

He picks up his load with the greatest of ease.

He walks through the day with his head held high.

And stays for that day, completely dry.

First Step Recovery alumni hold their coins, which feature an image of a camel and poem. They surround the camel carving, made by one of our alums.

That’s why for Giving Hearts Day, you’ll see us #gomatchymatchy with camels. On Feb. 9, we hope you’ll support our work with family members who have been affected by addiction by making a donation to First Step Recovery of The Village.


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