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    Professionals Program, Aftercare and Continuing Care

    First Step Services, LLC specializes in Professionals Programs, Long Term Aftercare and Continuing Care specifically designed for professionals in need of long term recovery support and progress reports. Our featured Professionals Program provides structured aftercare and continuing care group therapy at our Raleigh and Durham facilities as long needed. The groups meet for 1-1/2 hours on Monday evening, 5-6:30 PM at our Raleigh facility  and Wednesday evening 6-7:30 PM at our Durham facility.

    First Step counselors receive regular supervision from our Medical Director, Dr. Matthew Bader. Our masters level LCSW, LCAS and CCS/CS-I supervisors provide weekly supervision to each counselor to ensure ongoing support and a forum to consult on client cases. Each counselor receives a minimum of 4-6 hours of individual and 8-10 hours of group supervision monthly. All our programs are CARF accredited, including our Professionals and Aftercare Programs.

    To meet the needs of professionals in various fields, First Step Services, LLC is approved by the NC Board of Nursing, NC Physicians Health Program, Employee Assistance Programs, court programs, Wake County Public Schools, and other entities that require continuing care. First Step Services, LLC aftercare groups are provided to participants who has completed primary care.

    Primary care may include, but is not limited to, inpatient treatment followed by Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) step-down, primary care Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and longer term general outpatient treatment. Our aftercare participants frequently transfer to us from other aftercare and continuing care programs.

    We provide ongoing monitoring and reporting to professional boards and other regulatory entities to ensure all the needs are met in a timely manner.   Most participants have completed Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or outpatient treatment at First Step Services, LLC. Completion of primary treatment at a First Step location is not a requirement. Participants frequently transfer to First Step from other inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs.

    All First Step Services, LLC programs are CARF Accredited and licensed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Case consultations and supervision are provided by our Medical Director to ensure the best care is provided for each individual. Our IOP participants include doctors, nurses, attorneys, business executives and other professionals in addition to other participants from the community.  Additional support is provided individually and with families by our counselors.

    All our programs are in network with all major insurance companies.  The cost for attendance and regular reporting rarely exceeds $50 per group session, including reports as necessary.  A co-pay may be the only cost involved if reporting or drug testing is not required. Drug tests costs are low.

    Alumni Aftercare:  In addition to our structured Aftercare & Continuing Care programs, we allow successful graduates from all levels of our outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) to continue attending their current groups for as long as they wish to attend for $5 per day. Participants in Alumni Aftercare do not require progress reports for boards, schools, jobs, etc. Alumni Aftercare begins once the client is successfully discharged from primary care.

    “I learned a lot about addiction when I was at the [inpatient] Treatment Center. While I was there, I was able to attend one of their aftercare sessions. When I was discharged from there I entered the IOP with First Step. I felt that it was a smooth transition and holly provided many new tools and brushed up on tools that I learned while in inpatient treatment to help with my addiction. During IOP, I learned that many people were not serious about getting better but others were. Once I finished IOP and started aftercare, that transition was smooth as well. I felt like the people in aftercare were more serious about their recovery and I felt that I related more to those people. I enjoyed all of the counselors at First Step and appreciated their knowledge that was provided. Doreen did a great job taking over the aftercare counseling and made it easy to open up right away.” Anonymous IOP and aftercare participant

    Contact us today for more information at info@firststepnc(dot)com or by calling the First Step Services, LLC location closest to you today.  


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