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    Experiences of First Step Services clients.

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    I have learned a lot from First Step

    I have learned a lot from First Step. Especially about addiction and how easy it can be to have one. I never knew that so many people were affected by it. The stories shared during group meetings show how real the struggle can be. The support coming from the counselors is amazing. Being part of this treatment group opened my eyes. I hope to be able to bring help to friends that have questions toward addiction. Thank you for being here.

    Anonymous Raleigh Client December 24, 2015

    I enjoyed the group

    I enjoyed the group, like the people I come across still keep in touch with some of them; the counselor was very easy to talk to, he gave me some good pointer to keep with me going throw life. I would say if you need help this would be the place to come.

    Anonymous October 21, 2016

    My family was what made me come to First Step

    “My family was what made me come to First Step. I walked in and was surprised at the feeling of community I felt in the room. I was angry I was here, due to the fact I felt I was okay and needed no help. But I quickly learned I did need help; I had let my life slip out of control and couldn’t lie to myself any longer. I found a large portion of myself here, and was able to press refresh with myself. I am better for this, and feel I am doing a lot for myself. I shine my own light and see so much in my future. I’m thankful for all the people I met and the laughs shared with them. They saved me as much as learning did. I was no longer doing this for my family but instead for me. I might come back for the $5.”

    Anonymous Raleigh Client August 19, 2015

    My issues aren’t unique

    I brought a lot of shame with me when I began treatment. I felt scorned from friends because I didn’t tell them about getting a DUI from fear of judgment/ my own embarrassment. The biggest thing group did for me was consistent remind me that there I am not alone; that there are several people out there just like me, who made a mistake and are trying to move on, doing their best in life. The lessons discussing stress and healthy coping mechanisms reside deeply within me because it is two things that I struggle with and showed me that my issues aren’t unique. Everyone goes through these things. It taught me lessons in handling stress and showed me that I’ll make it through this thing and everything is going to be okay.

    Anonymous October 21, 2016

    I learned that I can be sober

    What brought me to first step was a simple possession of marijuana ticket. At first I didn’t want to be here but I realized that if I was required I might as well make the most of it. The counselors were personable, great listeners, and had some great advice. Being forced to be sober was something I hated at first but in retrospect I am glad that I did. I learned that I can be sober and that I have some issues about myself I need to figure out as well.

    Anonymous November 18, 2016

    It was nice

    This treatment was a required process by the state to return my license after DUI suspension. I enjoyed explaining my thoughts to everyone. It was nice to have a group of listeners to give feedback on my thoughts. Sometimes it can bring clarity to a situation just to express it out loud. I needed the introspection on my relationships, stress levels, goals and weaknesses. I think if I keep these things in mind I will be a stronger person moving forward.

    Anonymous January 15, 2017

    I loved all the counselors

    This was my second attempt to get my nursing license back after a relapse in 2009. Aftercare was something required by the NCBON prior to getting my license back. I called First Step after finding the number online and spoke with counselor for an interview assessment. I attended IOP briefly I was sent to aftercare (my sobriety date is June 2009). I loved all the counselors of aftercare was just what I needed to be able to talk with other nurses in my same position. Wonda, was a wonderful counselor-if I didn’t already have a sponsor, I would beg her to be mine!

    Anonymous March 5, 2016

    I liked it initially

    "Getting a DUI back in college and getting my license taken away I had to enroll in this treatment program. I liked it initially, my first assessment was with Reggie who also went to ECU and was supper chill and great to talk to. I liked the group because there was such a wide range of ages and types of people so I didn’t feel too out of place. I thought I would feel more out of place, because I have never had an addiction to any substance, but everyone has been nothing but super nice and encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed group. I found myself talking about a lot of the topics in real life that we would talk about in group."

    Anonymous January 17, 2016

    Closed minded to the idea of anything really good happening

    When coming to First Step, I was really closed minded to the idea of anything really good happening to me. Never thought substance abuse could ever be an issue for me. While being in group session with Tonya and Kim, they really opened my eyes to how serious of a disease these issues are! I am completing this group therapy with the perspective that people can change, but need the right resources at the right time. First Step can offer those resources and is a great option for anyone with substance abuse.

    Anonymous February 3, 2017

    Second attempt to get my nursing license back

    “This was my second attempt to get my nursing license back after a relapse in 2009. Aftercare was something required by the NCBON [NC Board of Nursing] prior to getting my license back. I called First Step after finding the number online and spoke with a counselor for an interview assessment. I attended IOP briefly and was sent to aftercare. My sobriety date was 6/2009. I loved all the counselors & aftercare was just what I needed to be able to talk with other nurses in my same position. The Aftercare counselor was a wonderful counselor. If I didn’t already have a sponsor, I would love for her to be mine!”

    Anonymous April 24, 2017

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