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    First Step Services would like to thank everyone for your interest in joining our ever growing company.  At this we have limited full-time positions, but we continue to grow.  Keep an on this site and future offerings.

    FULL TIME Employee Position:

    Spanish-Language Counselor, full time or part time for our Garner facility. Must be Substance Abuse Licensed or Certified; looking for the right person to oversee developing program. Evening and weekend group facilitation a must; Must be ADETS qualified.  No management experience required but must be motivated and energetic.  Contact Denise at (919) 833-8899 or denise@firststepnc.com.

    PART TIME Employee Position: 

    CSAC/LCAS/ADETS: First Step Durham facility is looking for a part-time CSAC or LCAS who can work nights and 2 weekends a month to facilitate the Prime for Life class and a weekly relapse prevention group. Please contact Randee Conn, Program Coordinator at 919-419-0229 or fax your resume to Randee at 919-490-3708 or email to randee@firststepnc.com

    Trainers Needed! First Step is looking for qualified trainers to provide 6-hour trainings at our Raleigh Six Forks Road facility.  Must be able to meet NCSAPPB, LPC, LCSW requirements for licensure, renewals, etc.  $50/hour and we provide copies of handouts, etc.  For more information, contact Henry Tarkington at “ht@firststepnc.com” Sample topics might be: 

    • motivational interviewing
    • Ethics,
    • CBT,
    • solution focused therapy
    • thinking error/Emotion regulation (Anger, Impulse control),
    • mindfulness, stress management, coping skills
    • Anxiety/depression management,
    • addiction and family,
    • collateral utilization,
    • treatment planning,
    • ASAM_PPC, symptom identification,
    • trigger identification,
    • case utilization and review.
    • trauma issues,
    • women specific treatment,
    • co-occurring disorders.
    • over view of specific treatment models
    • Play therapy or expressive art therapy in group treatment

    First Step Services, LLC offers competitive salaries, paid vacation, sick leave, bereavement leave, assistance with health insurance, and has a very attractive retirement plan.

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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.


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


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