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"Not to care for him, but care about him. Not to fix him, but be supportive. Not to deny his alcoholism but to accept the disease." That's what Nancy says she learned through First Step's Family Program
For years Nancy lived in fear. In silence. Worry-filled days and sleepless nights were her reality. Her son, Trevor*, was an alcoholic. He’d turned to alcohol to self-medicate his anxiety, only for things to get worse. Nancy tried to help. She pleaded and bartered with Trevor, but she couldn’t fix...
Responsible use of credit cards can positively affect your credit score.
Most people are aware that their credit report is a determining factor in whether or not they get a car loan, a home loan, or a credit card. And that their credit score can impact the interest rates they are offered if they qualify for those types of credit. However,...
A sailboat floats on calm water
By John E. Trombley, MMgt “Hurry up and eat your breakfast. We’re running late and you’re going to miss your bus! Don’t look at me like that, young lady, there’s nothing wrong with that oatmeal, now eat it and let’s get moving!” Ah, the hectic first days of getting the...
Heal from the past. Live in the present. Hope for the future.
Four days a week, people from all walks of life gather at The Village Family Service Center to problem solve life’s challenges, develop coping skills, support and learn from each other. Counselors teach them about wellness and self-care, relationships, communication, and more. The Village IOP is there for people who...
Christina Smestad is a child therapist with The Village
Kids struggle, too. Anxiety, bullying, trauma ... these and other life events can greatly affect a child's mood and behavior. Counselors at The Village work with children of all ages and use a variety of therapy tools, such games, imaginative play and art, to address their mental health challenges. One...