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COSA recently received a grant to continue implementing its Families in Recovery Staying Together (F.I.R.S.T.) program. Funded through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for a second year, the goals of the program are to (1) Decrease alcohol and substance abuse relapse rates among adolescents, ages 13-17, with substance use disorders (SUDs) living in Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga and Lowndes counties in Alabama; (2) Increase parental involvement among adults and adolescents with substance use disorders (SUDs), and (3) Increase protective factors among families experiencing alcohol and substance abuse issues.

The program is FREE and include some of the following activities:

• Wrap around services including recovery support meetings/groups; recovery mentoring and planning; information and referral; education and employment assistance; life skills development; and social/recreational activities
• Adolescent and parent education and training workshops
• Prevention education sessions
• Family social/recreation time

For more information about the F.I.R.S.T. Program or to sign-up, contact Yvette Hester at 334-262-7477 or

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