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    Chemical Dependence and Responsibility

    Posted on May 29, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Have you ever had the feeling that addicts act like they are still 14 years old? 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 first drink or... read more

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    Health Insurance and Outpatient Counseling

    Posted on May 23, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Using Health Insurance to Cover Outpatient Treatment & Counseling at First Step Question/Answer for today 5/22/14: What insurance companies do you take? - Will my insurance cover this appointment? ... read more

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    Medical Model of Substance Abuse Treatment. Good Idea?

    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 mental health and substance abuse treatment can lead us.  The medical model of substance abuse treatment has arrived and has probably not even scratched the surface of where it is heading. Neither First Step,... 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 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. At the time, ... read more

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    Assessment Process

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Many people come to First Step as a bundle of nerves not knowing what to expect from an assessment and what the process is. We try to make the assessment as relaxing and easy as possible. When you first arrive at your assessment you can expect to be greeted and checked it. You will be brought back t... read more

    What is a DWI Alcohol Class ?

    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. This can only be provided by programs that are licensed to provi... read more


    DWI Assessment

    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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    How Alcohol and Drug Addiction Affects Family Members

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    The longer alcohol and drug abusers use their drugs of choice, the worse their lives become. Until they are firmly in recovery, this continues in a downward spiral until they end up in jail, insane, or dead. "Firmly" in recovery means working a program or attending counseling consistently with a lot... read more

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    A DWI and Recovery True Story

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    I was Kicking and Screaming the whole way... A true story of a Problem Drinker and Drug Abuser.

    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 ... read more

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    What is treatment?

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse  is learning about chemical dependency, how it has affected the addict or alcoholic and his/her family and friends and how to avoid returning to using alcohol or drugs. Treatment is going through the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual changes that occur ... read more

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    Shame & Guilt Prevent Treatment and Recovery

    Shame & Guilt Prevent Treatment and Recovery

    Shame and guilt are two of the main reasons substance abusers and their families take
  • Chemical Dependence and Responsibility

    Have you ever had the feeling that addicts act like they are still 14 years old? 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 first drink or drug, they stopped maturing […]

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    Shame and guilt are two of the main 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 […]

    What brought me to First Step was drinking and driving and being arrested twice. My first impression was that I wouldn’t learn anything and that I would hate it. What I thought was helpful was listening to others and their stories and how they handled their situations, they helped me reduce the want of alcohol […]


    My first thought of treatment consisted of being nervous and not sure of what to expect. Shortly after beginning group I realized that everyone has similar issues but come from a variety of paths in life. I quickly felt in place as I realized that everyone pulled together to give positive feedback. My favorite group […]


    Like everyone else that I have heard say I thought this class was going to be boring and a waste of time; but as I got into group and learned people and got comfortable. I was able to talk and share and really started to enjoy thanks to Tonya and Jessie. You guys were really […]


    First Step is a great place to come to; to receive an assessment and treatment. The group sessions were very helpful in understanding the problems that arise from the substance abuse. The entire staff was very understanding and helpful. I would highly recommend First Step to anyone.


    I came to First Step for a DWI. Even though I was very nervous and frustrated about having to attend group, I believe that it is a great tool put in place whether you are an alcoholic or drink socially sometimes. Personally, I have learned ways to deal with stress, how to communicate with others […]


    What brought me to First Step I was smoking weed. The first time in group I didn’t know what to think, but I really enjoyed everything that I’ve gotten from First Step. I would just like to say that this group has helped me out a lot. It has opened my eyes to so many […]


    Group has honestly helped me deal with my issues. I came here for a DUI, but failed a drug test and realized I needed help with other issues. I know I have upset Cynthia and Phyllis about things. I’m truly sorry you both have helped me in many ways. I have learned to say no […]


    First Step was Awesome! This is the third treatment cent I’ve been to and was by far the best First Step doesn’t try to shove anything down your throat; they leave information on the table and allow you to take it yourself. I think that helps people open up. Neither Cynthia nor Phyllis views us […]


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