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    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Comments are off

    Do you have a concern about your alcohol or drug use? Do you think you are possibly chemically dependent, addicted or alcoholic?  In an effort to better serve our communities, First Step provides free substance abuse assessments to anyone who is interested or in need. If you would like to speak... read more

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    Trust the Process

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Comments are off

    If someone has been in recovery and 12 Step meetings enough they have heard peers say time and time again "Trust the process". That sounds pretty easy, but how does a person know if the process they are experiencing is the right process for them to really trust? To be honest, that part is simple ... read more

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    Chill-Out

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Comments are off

    Sometimes a person just needs a moment to stop thinking or reacting and chill-out. At times as people we tend to jump to conclusions, over react and even be extra sensitive. This makes it really important for us to relax and chill out when things just don't seem to go our way. Here are some suggesti... read more

    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. In early 2002, “1st Step Substance Abuse & DWI Services,” the company’s original name, became a fully licensed outpatient, intensive outpatient and DWI substance abuse treatment program. ... read more

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    Being Strong

    Posted on October 27, 2014 by Comments are off

    On being strong: "The tests can be harder than one imagined. But they are necessary in order to learn. And each of them brings us closer to the realizations of our dreams." Paulo Coelho- The Manual of the Warrior of Light Life is something that is just going to happen to each of us.  There are g... read more

    Book Corner: Addiction Memiors

    Posted on October 27, 2014 by Comments are off

        Sometimes we can feel that there is no end to the recovery process.  We begin looking for inspiration and people around us who have found peace and happiness in their recovery. Sometimes we look for a good book that we feel we can relate to or even connect with.   I... read more

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    Synthetic Drugs- Past, Present, Future

    Posted on October 14, 2014 by Comments are off

    For most of human history it has been thought it is possible to go beyond simple consciousness. Chemicals that help alter the minds and how the world is perceived has played an avid role in the search of going beyond consciousness. However, there are also some people that use chemicals to reduce a p... read more

    Sizzurp? Purple Drank?

    Posted on October 14, 2014 by Comments are off

    Sizzurp? Purple Drank? There are many songs on the radio that lead us to question what we or our teenagers are listening to. The question here is about “Sizzurp” or “purple drank” that keeps getting brought up in songs. These two street names are  for a drink that contains soda & can... read more

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    Book Corner: Codependency

    Posted on September 29, 2014 by Comments are off



    Codependency is a behavior that is learned and developed over time. It is a condition that can affect a person's ability to have a healthy and mutual relationship. People that are in a codependent relationship usually maintain relationships that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and... read more

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    Black Tar Heroin

    Posted on September 23, 2014 by Comments are off

    Black Tar Heroin is considered a strong and cheap form of heroin. It is mainly made in Mexico and can be found in America, Canada and Europe. It is not a new drugs and actually has been around since heroin was discovered and scientist synthesized the heroin. It has many names it goes by such as Chee... read more

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