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    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 was very resentful about having to come

    I came to First Step to receive treatment for alcohol abuse that led to a DWI. I was very resentful about having to come to treatment the first few groups. My attitude towards treatment worsened resulting from situational problems, i.e. rejection by a romantic interest. My attitude has drastically improved since I accepted that I have a problem. I feel that the amount of time spent on “check-in” could be reduced, and there could be more activities to help patients to recognize how their substance abuse has been detrimental to their lives and the lives of others.

    Anonymous

    It made me realize that sober life is the best life

    I came to First Step for a possession of marijuana charge. I didn't really want to be here, but then I got a DWI. The DWI really opened my eyes to what my life has become. It made me realize that sober life is the best life. This has helped me realize this is what I want to do, stay sober. This program has helped me realize a risky situation and learn how to deal with it if I'm already in the situation.

    Anonymous

    My family was beginning to be a lot happier

    “At first like most people I wasn’t really crazy about going to group. As time went on all of that began to change. I started seeing the difference that the treatment was making in my life. I also saw that my family was beginning to be a lot happier than I’ve seen in a while. I realized that being sober has been the best thing that has happened to me; physically, mentally, and emotionally. I thank God and First Step for my second chance that they made possible for me to see, also the positive that came out of a bad situation. Thank you.”

    Anonymous Raleigh Client

    It was better than I thought

    It was better than I thought, the people in the group and the counselors were very nice. I learned things about myself that were brought to my attention in a different way. Over all it was a good experience.

    Anonymous

    This program was very enlightening for me

    This program was very enlightening for me. The fact that you are put in a group that is so diverse in required treatment is also a plus because the experiences to lessons learned by various group members becomes more diverse & the group members can therefore take more away from each meeting.

    Anonymous Garner Client

    The group was very good for me.

    The group was very good for me. It was nice to be around people with the same problem and being able to talk about it.

    Anonymous

    Groups have helped me

    When I first came to First Step I did not really understand the effects that drugs/alcohol have. However, after hearing what others have done and how it has destroyed lives I think the groups have helped me better understand how to make good decisions and move forward with my life successfully. I was very impressed with the commitment and flexibility of the staff. Kim was a great counselor and someone I feel I can call if I'm struggling with drugs.

    Anonymous

    I came to First Step for possession of marijuana

    I came to First Step for a possession of marijuana charge. I didn't really want to be here, but then I got a DWI. The DWI really opened my eyes to what my life has become. It made me realize that sober life is the best life. This has helped me realize this is what I want to do, stay sober. This program has helped me realize a risky situation and learn how to deal with it if I'm already in the situation.

    Anonymous

    I began looking forward to my Tuesday night

    "I came to First Step understanding that it was going to be required by the court for my DWI. After the first class, I began looking forward to my Tuesday night classes. It was a place where I could come and open up about stuff in a safe environment that I wouldn’t have been able to talk bout with my family. The staff were super nice and the counselor was awesome."

    Anonymous

    After detoxing from alcohol

    I was first brought to First Step after detoxing from alcohol. It was recommended to utilize the services provided here for continued sobriety. My first impression of the counselors were mixed as I wasn't sure what my place was in the group especially after being recommended for inpatient treatment away from my family. After that experience I learned a lot about myself and what my place was in the group. I grew to appreciate the group and the topics we discussed. I can recognize things that can trigger my anxiety and stress although it’s not fully managed I no longer self medicate with the use of alcohol.

    Anonymous

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    Poor decisions brought me to First Step. Even several hours after consumption was not enough. Initially, I resented being required to attend group. Each group taught me more about myself. I resisted listening to others and what brought them to First Step because I struggled to identify with them. With each group, I was able

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