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    Henry Tarkington, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

    Henry Thanksgiving

    I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am also credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor by the NC Professional Substance Abuse Certification Board. I provide supervision for substance abuse counselors who are working toward certification. As a CCS with an LCSW, I supervise people who are completing both the LCSW and LCAS or CSAC credentials. This allows me to provide substance abuse and Clinical Social Work and Professional Counselor supervision.

    I entered the counseling field after recovering from my own struggles with substance abuse and all that goes along with it.  It was this that motivated me to return to school and complete a graduate degree and earn credentials to work with others who have similar difficulties. However, I did not enter the field until I felt I had thoroughly worked through some key issues of my own.

    I believe that all of us have, at some level,  the ability to improve the way we live and to feel secure. Clients deserve a chance and my goal is to do everything I can do to give them that chance. I use motivational techniques to help clients attain goals.

    My interest in working with DWI offenders is a result of my own personal experiences DUI/DWI. During my last arrest in 1986, I somehow felt it would be my last arrest. I believed that soon I would learn the answer to preventing more DWIs and other types of alcohol and drug problems in my life. Now I work to assist other people who are in similar situations.

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  • My treatment has been beneficial for me at First Step. My DUI brought me to First Step and I had to look at the triggers that caused me to make the decisions. I realized through these sessions what my triggers are and how to deal with them.

    YL
    Cary

    My experience at First Step was absolutely wonderful. I learned more about myself than I had my whole adult life. Our group counselor, Holly, did a fantastic job facilitating the meetings, and no matter what activity or discussion we had, I never left without feeling enlightened and fulfilled.

    Anonymous
    Raleigh

    I love First Step. I would definitely recommend it to a fellow addict in need. Also the family night portion was very helpful with me and my family. We learned how to have a healthier and happy relationship for all of us. Thank you First Step!

    CM

    When I first came in this group I felt like I didn’t really care, but when I came more, I became excited about this group.

    PK
    Garner

    I’m not happy with the situation (that caused me to need treatment) but I’m glad it happened because I’m realizing early enough in my life that I need to be careful with my decisions and use my tools gained from group to keep my life on track.

    LM
    Garner

    The counselors did an outstanding job of lesson planning and their work should be commended. I can now walk into the world with a greater purpose and I will continue to fight for the things that I believe in and will continue practice abstaining for all substances.

    Anonymous
    Cary

    I learned I have a lot to live for and that as long as I know right from wrong and learn from mistakes I can be successful. Thank you for helping me reaches my goal. A costly one that was worth it.

    Anonymous

    I came into this program after getting in trouble at school. My first day of coming in I picked a nice seat in the corner, crossed my arms and tried to be invisible. I didn’t think this program would help me in any way, shape, or form. I just wanted to go through the motions […]

    Anonymous Former Adolescent Program Patient

    I have been directly affected in more ways than I am able to explain. Thanks for the support, and I appreciate what each of you has done for me.

    MV

    I value my family, my friends, and the air I breathe. My treatment here at First Step has been that of support and caring. I am very grateful to all of my counselors here at First Step. KD

    KD

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