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    Substance use disorder – screening, referral and placement

    Posted on April 15, 2017 by Comments are off

    Does someone you know need treatment for alcohol or drug use?  Who do you rely on for accurate information regarding the best options? What type of treatment provides the best chances for long term, hopefully permanent, recovery? How do you learn about the fees programs charge if paid out of po... read more

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    NC DWI Process: Charge, conviction, restoration of license

    Posted on December 5, 2016 by Comments are off

    What happens when I get a DWI?
    • A police officer can stop your car at license check points or if the officer notices you do something the officer considers "suspicious." NC DWI law states an officer must "encounter you during the lawful course of his/her duties." This i... read more

    Substance Use and the Recovering Family

    Posted on November 18, 2016 by Comments are off

    Family members are directly affected by the increased problems that addiction causes. Drugs and alcohol are "intoxicants", consumed to become intoxicated - high or drunk.  The behavior of the substance user causes the family to experience negative emotions, sometimes they become obsessed with the ... read more

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    NC DWI Offense

    Posted on November 4, 2015 by Leave a comment

    In calculating a DWI or DUI, sometimes referred to as drunk driving, 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... 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 Treatment 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 is only provided by programs... read more

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