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    NC DWI Offenses

    Posted on November 4, 2015 by Leave a comment

    First group at no cost. Begin group counseling before Labor Day and receive the first group free. No up front fees, no enrollment fees. 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... read more

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    Substance Abuse Assessments

    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 low cost substance abuse assessments to anyone who is interested. If you would like to speak with ... 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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    Health Insurance and Outpatient Counseling

    Posted on May 23, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Health Insurance and Outpatient Counseling:  Using Health Insurance to Cover Outpatient Treatment & Counseling at First Step What insurance companies do you take? - Will my insurance cover this appointment?What do I need to provide for you... read more

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    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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    First Step Services, LLC, A Brief History

    Posted on April 30, 2014 by Leave a comment

    First Step was created in by Henry Tarkington in 2001, in Garner, NC as a single-therapist practice with no real name on June 12, 2001. In April 2002, “1st Step Substance Abuse & DWI Services,” the company’s first name, became a fully licensed outpatient, intensive outpatient and DWI sub... read more

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    What is a DWI Counseling Group ?

    Posted on August 13, 2012 by Leave a comment

    ADETS: Alcohol/Drug Education Traffic School

    If you are assigned to an ADETS class as a result of your DWI assessment, you must complete 16 hours of alcohol, drug, & DWI education, sometimes known as DWI Class. This can only be provided by progr... read more

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    DWI Assessment

    Posted on August 13, 2012 by Leave a comment

    Summer may be a time of increased use of alcohol and other substances. During the summer, people often put off their assessment & counseling. To encourage those who need group counseling to enter now, before more problems accumulate, there is no charge for the first group session. Be... read more

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    How Alcohol and Drug Addiction Affects Family Members

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    The longer alcohol and drug users abuse their drugs of choice, the worse their lives become. Until they commit to recovery, the downward spiral continues until they end up in much worse situations. "Committed" to recovery means working a program or attending counseling consistently with commitment... read more

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    DWIs to Recovery

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    A substance abuser and his family: DWIs to Recovery

    "You can't help him until he wants to help himself." "He is not ready to get clean and sober, the court ordered him to come." "He is only doing this because he is on probation and is trying to avoid jail." "He has no desire to give up... read more

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