Our Services

Primer Paso understands your needs may extend beyond clinical services and navigating community agencies can be confusing and overwhelming. We are here to help. We will connect you to relevant resources in the community to help you manage life issues.


The first step in entering treatment or classes is a substance abuse assessment.

Group Therapy

Group therapy guides clients through the process of gaining insight about themselves, others, and the world around them.

Individual Sessions

Individual therapy is customized to your specific needs and assists in creating a plan for recovery.

DUI/DWI Classes

Court ordered classes and educational courses are offered to satisfy legally required courses.

Peer Recovery

Peer Recovery Specialists are not sponsors or therapists but rather role models, advocates and motivators.

Treatment Methods

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Looks at negative thinking patterns that lead to self-destructive actions. The overall goal is that the client will gain awareness into their own ability to modify their thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions.
Motivational Interviewing

MI utilizes a non-confrontational, collaborative effort between therapist and client to spark motivation and initiate change. The counselor engages with the client to explore his/her feelings, including ambivalence about changing, and works to help the client find their own motivations.
Health Realization

‘The Three Principles’
Mind – the universal energy that animates all of life, the source of innate health and well-being.
Consciousness – the ability to be aware of one’s life.
– the power to think and thereby to create one’s experience of reality. HR seeks to provide a pathway to well-being that does not depend on external circumstances.
Education and Interactive Lectures

The primary objective of education in addiction treatment is to give individuals the knowledge they need to fully understand addiction and to provide tools and insight for continued sobriety. Educational lectures review evidence-based research on the biology, psychology and recovery process of addiction in a way that’s easy to understand.  

Educational lectures are also very useful for family members who participate in our family program because they are full of helpful information that provides valuable insight into your struggles, mindset, and reasoning behind your behaviors. This knowledge can help your loved ones understand what you’re going through and encourages them to develop a capacity for compassion and forgiveness.
Individualized Treatment Planning

We use addiction treatment approaches that are designed to meet the specific needs of the client. Unfortunately, there is no one type of treatment that meets all the needs of every individual. It’s important to choose a treatment plan that addresses the varying needs of each individual.
Family Education/Support

Substance abuse and addiction can damage family dynamics, erode trust, and weaken communication. Family members who experience a loved one battling with a substance use disorder often endure a host of painful emotions.   Including families in addiction treatment is an imperative part of recovery.

Our family education program uses support materials that can help the family better understand what the addict is going through in their life and provide education about the disease of addiction and the different ways family members are affected whether parent, child, spouse or partner.  It also empowers the family members in dealing with the addict’s behaviors and recovery.
Crisis Intervention

Crisis intervention is focused on minimizing the stress of an event, providing emotional support and improving the individual’s coping strategies in the here and now. Like psychotherapy, crisis counseling involves assessment, planning and treatment but the scope is generally much more specific.

Crisis intervention is immediate and short-term psychological care aimed at assisting individuals in a crisis situation in order to restore equilibrium to their bio-psycho-social functioning and to minimize the potential of long-term psychological trauma.

Crisis counseling is not intended to provide psychotherapy, but offers a short-term intervention to help clients receive assistance, resources, stabilization, and support.
Relapse Prevention

When someone relapses, it can be hard for them not to feel like they’ve ruined all of the hard work that they had put into maintaining their sobriety. Suddenly, everything they’ve worked for is gone, and they’re back to square one.

However, this is not the case. Relapse does not mean that someone has failed. Addiction, like any other requires lifelong management. With statistics showing that about 40 to 60 percent of people in recovery from substance use disorder relapse at some point, it’s fairly common and something to prepare for.

Relapse prevention involves not only gaining the tools and techniques needed to help cope with different internal and external triggers, but it also allows you to identify and, therefore, prevent situations that can leave you vulnerable to relapse. To create an effective relapse prevention plan, it is first necessary to have a full understanding of how relapse works.
Recovery Maintenance

Recovery maintenance is more about having a well-rounded plan, so you can focus more on living well. Rather than focusing on avoiding relapse which, of course we hope to do. In addition to planning for a slip, having a strong recovery maintenance plan means adding good things into your life, including self-care, support groups and regularly scheduled fun and safe things to do. It is important that you put this plan in writing and be prepared to focus on it daily.
Coping Skills

We realize as you go through treatment for addiction, you will experience a lot of new things. You will start to learn more about addiction, what causes it, and the changes it makes in your life. But, some of the most valuable lessons you’ll have are the ones that teach you more about yourself. Through , you will begin to understand how your actions, behaviors, and thoughts are all connected to your substance abuse We understand it can be challenging to work on changing the way you think or act. But you’ll see that developing healthier patterns in your life will lead to a more successful recovery from addiction. As you go forward on this path, you’ll begin to learn how to adopt good coping skills for addiction recovery. It’s one of the greatest things you can do as you pursue a new and better life.

Coping mechanisms are skills we all have that allow us to make sense of our negative experiences and integrate them into a healthy, sustainable perspective of the world. When life gives us lemons, our coping skills help us see this as an opportunity to make lemonade. Without effective coping mechanisms, we can feel like a “lemon” ourselves, misinterpreting accidents or other people’s bad intentions to be a reflection of our own inadequacy.
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