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    Henry Tarkington, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

    Henry Thanksgiving

    My interest in the field of substance abuse came as the result of overcoming challenges with substances and the multitude of problems they caused me. Like so many of us, it took a lot of legal and life problems to shake me out of it. Upon finally accepting who and what I had become, I began to make changes during a mandatory program.  A few years later, I got a job as a “substance abuse worker” in the Wake County ATC, inpatient hospital. From there my interest in working in the field grew. A couple of years later, I became a part time inpatient counselor. Due to changes in the field, I eventually decided to get a college degree. I ended up completing a Bachelors and a Masters of Social Work. First Step came to be as a result of families and individuals I had worked with at previously Wake County locating me and requesting I provide counseling for them.  From there, it just grew into the company it is today.  I am very grateful to the individuals, families and communities we serve.

    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 & licensure, LPC candidates and LCSW candidates, as well as Master of Social Work interns.

    I believe that all of us have the ability to improve the way we live and to feel more 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.




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    “I was nervous at first because I had tried treatment before in Greenville but it didn’t feel like it and felt this program would be helpful. I think First Step is very organized and professional. I have learned somethings about myself since being here. I think I am having more of an understanding about why […]

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