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    Treating substance use disorders

    Posted on March 7, 2017 by Comments are off

    "I recently spent five weeks in an inpatient rehabilitation center. Prior to returning to work I was advised to seek out an outpatient program. Coming to these groups has helped me understand my disease process as well as meeting others who were also struggling. My therapist was excellent in fac... read more

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    NC DWI Process: Charge, conviction, restoration of license

    Posted on December 5, 2016 by Comments are off

    What happens when I get a DWI?
    • A police officer can stop your car at license check points or if the officer notices you do something the officer considers "suspicious." NC DWI law states an officer must "encounter you during the lawful course of his/her duties." This i... read more

    Substance Use and the Recovering Family

    Posted on November 18, 2016 by Comments are off

    The longer alcohol and drug users abuse drugs or alcohol, the worse problems become. Until the substance user commits to change through recovery and/or therapy, the downward spiral continues.  "Committed" to recovery requires working a program or counseling with commitment over an extended period... read more

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    Aftercare from Inpatient, Residential & Hospital Programs

    Posted on November 11, 2015 by Comments are off

    Upon returning home from inpatient treatment, aftercare programs provide ongoing support and services as people go through life changes in early recovery. Early recovery presents multiple challenges, many expected and unexpected changes. Challenges occur regarding finding local self help groups, ... read more

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    NC DWI Offense

    Posted on November 4, 2015 by Leave a comment

    In calculating a DWI or DUI, sometimes referred to as drunk driving, offense in NC, driving records from all states in which a person has driven is considered. Whether it is an NC DWI or DUI in another state, the prior DWI will be taken into consideration by the court and the DWI assessment agency... read more

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    Substance Abuse Assessments

    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Comments are off

    Do you or someone you care about have a concern about your alcohol or drug use?  In an effort to better serve our communities, First Step provides substance abuse assessments to anyone who is interested. If you would like to speak with one of our professionals to learn if you have a problem wit... read more

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    A Brief History of First Step Services LLC

    Posted on January 30, 2015 by Comments are off

    First Step was originated by Henry Tarkington in 2001, in Garner, NC as a single-therapist practice, as "Henry Tarkington, MSW". In early 2002, “1st Step Substance Abuse & DWI Services,” the company’s first agency name, became a fully licensed outpatient, intensive outpatient and DWI su... read more

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    Not ready for substance abuse treatment?

    Posted on September 5, 2014 by Comments are off

    It seems impossible to convince the necessity of it to someone who is not ready for substance abuse treatment.  Research shows it could take 5 - 6 treatments to help a person with a serious addiction to permanently stop using alcohol or drugs. Is that too much for a long term change? How much eff... read more

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    Substance Abuse; Maturity & Responsibility  

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Have you ever had the feeling that addicts act like they are still adolescents or children? Do you wonder why they are often unable to fulfill normal adult responsibilities? The 12-Step programs have a theory about that. Recovering addicts and alcoholics believe that when they picked up their fir... read more

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    Shame & Guilt Prevent Treatment and Recovery

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Shame and guilt are powerful reasons substance abusers and their families take so long to reach out and accept help. Guilt says "I am doing something terribly bad and deserve to be treated that way." Shame says that "I am a bad person and do not deserve anything good in life." When these two beliefs... read more

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    NC DWI Process: Charge, conviction, restoration of license

    NC DWI Process: Charge, conviction, restoration of license

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