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  • Services

    Alcohol & Drug Assessment

    If you, or someone you care about, is concerned with your alcohol or drug use, you may receive a substance abuse assessment at absolutely no charge. There is no obligation of any kind.

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    Alcohol & Drug Counseling

    First Step Services offers Alcohol and Drug Counseling Groups. Participants come to First Step for a variety of reasons. Groups include people who choose to receive services because they have become uncomfortable with their drug use.

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    NC DWI Assessment

    A DWI Substance Abuse Assessment is required of everyone who is convicted of Driving While Impaired in the state of North Carolina. You can not receive a Limited Driving Privilege without a DWI Assessment."

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  • Adolescent Outpatient Programs

    First Step Services’ Adolescent General Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens includes Monday and Thursday evening IOP groups and a Wednesday night Family & Youth/Multi-Family treatment group. The Wednesday group includes both the identified substance user and his/her family in group therapy session.

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  • Take the First Step...

    We at First Step Services, LLC wish everyone a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2015. We are very grateful to the clients, patients, referral sources and to the communities who utilize our services. We are grateful to have so many success stories that touch us deeply each time we read them. We are grateful for all the referrals from the community and to be able to serve the people in these communities.

    We are grateful to be entering our 15th year in 2015. We are so grateful to have earned our place in the community. It has always been our philosophy & desire to help all those who want it to never have another problem related to alcohol or drug use. It is that simple. We thank you all and look forward to serving the Triangle area for at least another 15 years! Thank you!

    First Step Services offers 4 Convenient NC Locations:
    Raleigh: (919) 833-8899
    Cary: (919) 651-8349
    Garner: (919) 329-9400
    Durham: (919) 419-0229

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  • Blog

    A Brief History of First Step Services LLC

    A Brief History of First Step Services LLC

    First Step was originated by Henry Tarkington in 2001, in Garner, NC as a single-therapist practice. In
    The Greatest Gifts

    The Greatest Gifts

    Season's Greetings! We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season. On that note you
  • Client Experiences

    “I was brought to group by a DWI. My drinking got out of control and I didn’t realize that I was (am) an alcoholic. My first impression of group was horrible, I thought I would be around a bunch of drunks and the counselors would ask me a lot of tough questions. I was (am) […]

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