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James House founder Gary VanEps, left, and James House business manager Joe Thimons stand outside the recently opened First Street office where the faith-based program for chemical dependency will now offer counseling services to families of addicts as well. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

James House expands services to help families of addicts cope

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WILLMAR -- After four years in and out of 11 treatment facilities, Joe Thimons hadn't found what he described as "meaningful sobriety."

"You name it, I tried it to get sober," Thimons said of his chemical dependency.

Two of those 11 attempts at sobriety were at a treatment facility in Willmar, where Thimons -- a now recovered alcoholic -- first encountered chemical abuse counselor and fellow recovered alcoholic Gary Van Eps.

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