We are excited to announce that we now have an outreach pilot office located at 155 Main St, Suite C, Orofino. Phone number: 208-476-3881. Our hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm. We offer a variety of things including:
- SMART Recovery
- Tobacco Cessation classes
- Rock Painting
- Peer Support and Peer Recovery Coaching
Our services are free to the public. We are looking forward to supporting our community by offering family support and job readiness skills in the near future.
Every day at First Step 4 Life Recovery Community Center people visit us to do the business of their recovery and get from point-A to point-B on a journey towards a better life. We receive funding from Nez Perce County and other sources, including donations from interested individuals, who help us keep the doors open to anyone on the path to recovery.
You never know someone’s inner struggles just by looking at them. The next person you meet could be in recovery, and need your help more than you think.
The First Step 4 Life Recovery, Re-Entry, and Resource Center is a private, nonprofit organization serving people in recovery from substance use disorders and/or mental health illness.
The center builds on strengths and empowers individuals, families, and the community to end discrimination and promote recovery. We support all types of individuals in recovery: from alcohol, drugs, mental health illness, food, grief, and many more.
Recovery Coaching – a process in which people with life experience in recovery meet one on one with those new to recovery, providing them with help and mentoring to reach the goals they have set for themselves. Everyone’s recovery is different and recovery coaches meet individuals where they are at with no expectations.
Referrals – the Recovery Center also serves as “information brokers” providing details on services provided in Nez Perce, Asotin, Lewis, and Clearwater counties. These include referrals to countless programs that are aimed at getting people healthy, safe, sheltered, fed and on their way to where they want to be.
Life Skills – the Center offers a variety of different life skills groups and meetings every month. Budgeting, art, resume writing, mental health first aid, tobacco cessation, socialization and others have all been offered through the Center.
Computer Lab – a resource open to the public. Please come build your resume, job search, check email, print off applications, research schooling, and much more.
ALL SERVICES ARE FREE
We encourage veterans to use our services.
Although stories of people who recover from mental health diagnoses or substance abuse disorders have been around for some time, recovery centers are a new phenomenon. Our work is to provide peer support among members of the community in recovery from these problems.
As those with the diagnoses mentioned above know, being alone or without support is the worst news for your recovery. If someone with a diagnosis finds one’s self alone, or without support, still among the surroundings which continue to remind him or her of his or her drug use or mental illness, that person is much more likely to relapse. But if we find ourselves among supportive people in recovery, some of whom are much farther down the path of recovery than us, we are encouraged to not give up.
Often, stepping into a recovery center is the first step out of a life of pain and despair and into a life of sobriety and mental health. If we’ve made that first step any easier, we’re grateful. We are not a treatment facility, methadone clinic, or half-way house. But we do help people off the streets and into a better life.
Evidence suggests1,2 that peer-based support alleviates the symptoms of mental illnesses and promotes long-term recovery from addictions. Peers have a unique offering to the recovery community: they are the experts of their own experience. A community of peers can be a very substantial support to long-term recovery.
We are not alone: recovery centers exist across the United States. Peer-supported recovery is an evidence-based practice which incorporates many treatment modalities. We refer people daily to community treatment centers in Lewiston. We continue to be grateful for the support we receive.
1Chinman et. al. (2014). “Peer support services for individuals with serious mental illness: Assessing the evidence.” Psychiatric Services. <doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps/201300244/>
2Humphreys, K. (2004). “Circles of recovery: Self-help organizations for addictions.” Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
First Step 4 LIFE – Lewiston location
1002 Idaho Street
Lewiston, ID 83501
Open 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday, and for after-hours meetings.
First Step 4 LIFE – Orofino location
155 Main Street, Suite C
Orofino, ID 83544
Open 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday, and for after-hours meetings.