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    NC DWI Process: Charge, conviction, restoration of license

    Posted on December 5, 2016 by Comments are off

    “I came to treatment on my 2nd DWI charge, pre-trial, and I have enjoyed it. I received 40 hours and although it has taken a couple months to complete and expensive, I think it has helped my sobriety. Hearing stories and various points of views from other participants and the VIP speaker reall... 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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    NC DWI Offense

    Posted on November 4, 2015 by Leave a comment

    In calculating a DWI or DUI 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. If a person receives a DWI or DUI in any... 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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    Using health insurance at First Step Services, LLC

    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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    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 Substance Abuse Assessment in North Carolina

    Posted on August 13, 2012 by Leave a comment

    A DWI Substance Abuse Assessment is required of everyone who is convicted of Driving While Impaired in the state of North Carolina. You can not receive a Limited Driving Privilege without a DWI Assessment. DWI and Substance Abuse assessments and groups can only be conducted by facilities licensed by... read more

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    NC DWI Process: Charge, conviction, restoration of license

    “I came to treatment on my 2nd DWI charge, pre-trial, and I have enjoyed it.
    Substance Use and the Recovering Family

    Substance Use and the Recovering Family

    The longer alcohol and drug users abuse drugs or alcohol, the worse problems become. Until
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