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    NC DWI Offenses

    Posted on November 4, 2015 by Leave a comment

    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 or DWI 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 in any other state, ... read more

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    Low Cost 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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    Chemical Dependence, Maturity, 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

    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? ... 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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    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

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    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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