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    Increase of Fatalities with Marijuana Influenced Driving

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by Comments are off

    One thing I hear quite often in my counseling work is how marijuana does not affect a person's ability to drive; that there are not fatalities related to marijuana and driving. There was a study at the University of Colorado which indicated a large increase in fatalities related to marijuana use.  ... read more

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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

    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 Question/Answer for today 5/22/14: What insurance companies do you take? - Will my insurance cover thi... 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 in 2001, in Garner, NC as a single-therapist practice with no real name. In early 2002, “1st Step Substance Abuse & DWI Services,” the company’s first name, became a fully licensed outpatient, intensive outpatient and DWI substance abuse treatment progra... 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 in. You will be brought into t... read more

    What is a DWI 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, sometimes known as DWI Class. This can only be provided by progr... 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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    DWIs to Recovery

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Kicking and Screaming the whole way... A true story of 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 ... read more

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