Experiences of actual First Step Services clients.
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My life is better now than it has ever been
“I really appreciated the meetings. They helped me to realize that I needed to be open and vulnerable and that I need to communicate my problems. I learned many tools to help me be successful, as well as, dealing with coping skills. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for First Step. I learned that I can be successful and that I don’t have to be scared to let people into my life. I also learned I can have fun without doing drugs. My life is better now than it has ever been.”
Anonymous Raleigh Client
I’ve learned from others
“When I first got the First Step I was just taking the groups to get my license back, now that this is my last group I’ve learned from others. As I continue my journey. I have learned from other people’s mistakes and their journey.”
Anonymous Raleigh client
Well-ran facility, immaculately clean
“Well, my initial impression was a well-ran facility, immaculately clean, and was interviewed by my future counselor. The counselor was well groomed, very intelligent, yet distinctly empathetic. After an initial interview, I was confident this facility would fit my needs very well. I found the handouts and sessions about mindfulness and positivity very helpful. They have come in handy in everyday life (both handouts and skills). This treatment has been very important in establishing a firmly focused recovery in everyday life and shown me how to appreciate meetings and sober living. I am very thankful for my time here.”
Anonymous - Durham
I was a nervous wreck my first day
“I came to First Step like many other for a DWI. I was a nervous wreck my first day and was still in a very bad place after disappointing my family with my mistake. On that first night Phyllis said something that struck with me and likely always will. She said that one of the hardest things to do is to learn to forgive yourself. The guilt from the DWI has been overwhelming, but her words gave me a little peace because I realized that forgiving myself is something to strive for. I am not there yet but I am trying. Group did two other big things for me. It made look at hours I communicated with others (a big piece of dealing with stress) and it brought people into my life that I would never have known otherwise. Being a part of a large and diverse group of people will teach you a lot about yourself and put your “trouble” in perspective.”
Anonymous – Raleigh
I really appreciate everything this treatment has to offer
“The reason I came to group is for a DWI I received which was totally my fault and I take full responsibility, my initial impression of group was it was a total waste of time and money because I don’t have a drinking problem, My first impression of Tonya was why do she like to talk about feelings so much me being a guy I really hated it, but as of today I completely understand her approach and her logic it has been really helpful in understanding myself and my triggers, the most helpful part of group was helping me understand my triggers. I really appreciate everything this treatment has to offer.”