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    Client Experiences

    Experiences of First Step Services clients.

    ** This Page Randomly shows ‘Client Experiences’ from our large database of anonymous Client Experiences, unedited, as written by clients themselves.

    I am glad I came

    I first didn’t want to come because I didn’t think I was an alcoholic. I thought the teacher was great. Being in [ADETS] class helped me reevaluate myself and see some things I need to change to be a better person. I also was going through a tough time in my life and class helped me through that. In the end I am glad I came.

    I enjoyed it more than I expected

    In my time at First Step, I feel like I learned more than I expected to and certainly I enjoyed it more than I expected to. I thought I would completely hate it, but I feel that because of who my counselor was and the quality of the group members, I was actually able to pay real attention instead of just going through the motions. I was able to express my feelings and learn how some things actually related to me when before I thought nothing of it. I feel like I have been more than able to accomplish the goals I outlined in my enrollment session, and I will continue to maintain them outside of group.

    I was brought here due to DWI

    "I was brought here due to DWI. I was not sure how the program works but on the first session I learned everything about it and enjoyed it as well. I found it very helpful to share my problems and to hear from other people who had similar problems. I learned from the counselor as well as the group on how to improve my behavior and help myself overcome cravings and improve my life."

    I’m not alone

    Over the last year, I have only had a few drinks. This wasn’t because the court told me it was bad or I thought I would get in trouble. It just isn’t very fun anymore. I have realized I can be happy and content without alcohol and partying in my life. In fact, I think I am happier now than I have been in a long time. Being sober since July then coming to this group in December, it has given me a clear head to be able to try and take something away from this group. I don’t know if I would have benefited as much if this wasn’t the situation. The group has shown me that I’m not alone going through this and that people from all cultures and walks of life can experience and feel the same things. I hope to take what I’ve learned and turn it into positive decision-making in the future.

    I came to First Step, initially to get my license back

    "I came to First Step, initially to get my license back due to a DUI. At first I was slightly apprehensive about the process but quickly came to realize that this program was more about helping the individual with their Drug of Choice, rather than preaching about how drugs/alcohol are bad. I never felt like I was alone. The only one going through my situation while I was here, I was able to pull from other group members experience and learn ways to deal with not only the desire to use, but also how to deal with the problems to are caused by my uses. I realized that I had a lot of communication and behavior issues in my life that thanks to First Step. I have started are continuing to deal in a healthy manner.”

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