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    Anthony (Tony) Porrett M.A., LPC, LCAS, CCS

    Posted on September 22, 2016 by Comments are off

    Anthony (Tony) Porrett M.A., LPC, LCAS, CCS facilitates our Family and Community Education (FACE) and support program. The FACE program meets every Tuesday evening 6 - 8 PM. Tony has over 25 years experience in the substance abu... read more

    Aftercare from Inpatient, Residential & Hospital Programs

    Posted on November 11, 2015 by Comments are off

    Attend your first group for free. Begin group counseling within 2 weeks of your intake during September and receive the first group free. We never charge deposits, up front fees, or enrollment fees for our counseling programs. An aftercare program provides ongoing suppo... read more

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    NC DWI Offenses

    Posted on November 4, 2015 by Leave a comment

    In calculating a DWI offense in NC, driving records from all states in which a person has driven is considered. Whether it is an NC DWI or DWI in another state, the prior DWI will be taken into consideration by the court and the DWI assessment agency. If a person receives a DWI in any other state, ... 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 low cost 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 p... 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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    Health Insurance and Outpatient Counseling

    Posted on May 23, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Medical Model of Substance Abuse Treatment?

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Leave a comment

    The reason for this article is to stimulate thought about where a pure medical model of substance abuse treatment seems to be taking us.  The medical model of substance abuse treatment has arrived. It has probably not even scratched the surface of where it is heading. Neither First Step, nor the w... read more

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    Anthony (Tony) Porrett M.A., LPC, LCAS, CCS

    Anthony (Tony) Porrett M.A., LPC, LCAS, CCS

    Anthony (Tony) Porrett M.A., LPC, LCAS, CCS facilitates our Family and Community Education (FACE)
    Aftercare from Inpatient, Residential & Hospital Programs

    Aftercare from Inpatient, Residential & Hospital Programs

    Attend your first group for free. Begin group counseling within 2 weeks of your intake during
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