CHC’s Step Forward Group Helps Those Contemplating Substance Use Change

Based on "Stages of Change" Model
(L) Yvonne Nickerson, MSW, LCSW, (R) Addictions Program Manager and Jennifer Monaghan, RN, Medication-Assisted Treatment Nurse Coordinator. (CHC of CC photo)

Falmouth – The Community Health Center of Cape Cod Addictions Services team recently launched its newest outpatient therapy group: Step Forward. Step Forward is based on the “Stages of Change” model and is designed to help people who are in the pre-contemplative or contemplative stages of addictions recovery. The goal is to help individuals move from the beginning stages of change to goal setting and action, and then to make any necessary changes. Referrals to the program can be made by Health Center providers or other providers. Individuals can also choose to enter the program on their own, or can be referred by a friend or family member. 


The CHC of Cape Cod Step Forward group meets once a week for seven weeks. It is expressly designed for individuals who are concerned about their substance use. The Step Forward curriculum includes exploration of how substance use is affecting an individual’s life, addictions education and the opportunity to identify a need for change and create goals for the future. The group is facilitated by a Licensed Independent Social Worker, who will aid participants through the seven week program. As participants set goals, the facilitator provides referrals for further treatment, social support groups, counseling, and more, as needed.

The Step Forward group meets every Wednesday at 10 am at Community Health Center of Cape Cod’s Falmouth office, at 210 Jones Road, Suite 22 in Homeport. For more information and to register for Step Forward, please contact Addictions Program Manager Yvonne Nickerson at 508-477-7090 or [email protected]. To learn about CHC of Cape Cod and their Addictions programming, please visit welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on