Experiences of actual First Step Services clients.
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What brought me… was the use of weed
What brought me here to First Step was the use of weed. I failed a pre-drug screen with my CDL’s which cause me to take the classes to get my CDL’s back. I had no idea of what to expect my first day of group but it was great. During my time attending groups, I have learned a lot, I learned about the laws and dealing with DUI’s and DWI’s. These groups have helped me sustain from using and choosing a different lifestyle. I really enjoyed myself and I thank you for all the love and support I received from treatment.
Counselors seemed very dedicated
“The counselors seemed very dedicated to the rehabilitation and growth of their patients. The group sessions were helpful for several reasons. First, it helps to know that we are not alone in both your problems and the solutions. Second, the groups provided useful insight into the reasons I drank and an honest assessment on my perceptions about alcohol use. Third an probably most important, I learned useful and practical ways to avoid using alcohol as I had previously. With the lessons learned in treatment, I am confident that I will not repeat my mistake.”
Marijuana was my drug of choice
I was brought to First Step because NCSU student conduct required a drug assessment for a charge for possession of marijuana I received in November. At first I resented the people and the process at First Step. I did not recognize as an addict, or even as someone with a substance problem. Marijuana was my drug of choice and I thought it was okay because it isn’t considered unhealthy as alcohol. However, I learned by listening to others that I abused marijuana too often, and it was the reason for my enrollment here. First Step gave me a safe environment where I knew everyone was clean, and that pushed me to stay clean. The group interventions taught me about things that applied to me so well and things that I’d even noticed but not as something that was a problem. First Step gave me the maturity and faith to be clean and hopefully stay clean.
My first impression of group was horrible
“I was brought to group by a DWI. My drinking got out of control and I didn’t realize that I was (am) an alcoholic. My first impression of group was horrible, I thought I would be around a bunch of drunks and the counselors would ask me a lot of tough questions. I was (am) really glad that group turned out to be a good thing with good people. The most helpful thing of group was being able to be around people who did something bad also. I don’t feel alone or ashamed of my mistake. I learned that I am an alcoholic, I am an emotional chase, I didn’t like myself, and I am a survivor. My goals were to find out about alcoholism, what triggers me to drink, and how to cope with the feelings that lead me to drink.”
Under age drinking & drug charge
“I got a drinking under age and I caught drug charge. I didn't want to be here at all but Tonya help me open up and I loved it. I learned I have the drive to be a great just got to stay focused. It changed everything I can look at myself and like what I see. I see a young boy growing up. Group help me deal with things been in me since I was a kid. The group helped me realize how important my family is to me.”