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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. 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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    Book Corner- For Families

    Posted on September 23, 2014 by Comments are off

    It can be very encouraging to read a helpful book when we find ourselves struggling. First Step is not all about the person in treatment but we also families. We do this by offering family sessions, family group and even the FACE program. Sometimes family members ask to recommend helpful boo... read more

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    Common Myths about Addiction and Treatment

    Posted on September 12, 2014 by Comments are off

    Many times when a person walks into our office with thoughts and ideas on what they think substance abuse treatment is and what they have heard about treatment. As with most who are not trained in the field of substance use disorders, they may only have heard the common myths about addiction and tr... read more

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    Recovery Quotes

    Posted on September 12, 2014 by Comments are off

    Quotes are a great way to provide ourselves with some positive thoughts along with motivation and inspiration. Here are some inspiring and uplifting quotes that you reflect on on a daily basis.

    Best Addiction Recovery Quotes

    1. “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to ke... read more

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