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    Book Corner: Mindfulness

    Posted on June 16, 2014 by Leave a comment

    What is mindfulness? It is a mental state that is achieved by focusing on your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting ones feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. It is known as sati in acient Pali. It is also a key tool for Buddhists who are trying to reach enli... read more

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    Showing Up

    Posted on June 4, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Recovery is a wonderful thing, and it is important for you to be present and show up. You will learn that when you show up to your meetings, work, school and family things really start to turn around and even look better. Of course there is more to recovery then just showing up, however showing up i... read more

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    Myths about Alcoholism

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Leave a comment

    There are several false beliefs that we hear at First Step on what defines an alcoholic. Some of these are what people learn from the internet and other people that is a supposed checklist that determines whether you are an alcoholic or not. So we are going to clear that up. Myth 1: You ha... read more

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    Emotional Vampires?

    Posted on May 15, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Sometimes we hear from people we work with in recovery and even in our own lives that one of the biggest energy drains is relationships. There are some relationships that mood lifting and normally bring positive energy, along with being healthy. However, there are just some people that can just suck... read more

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    Successful Substance Use Treatment

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Leave a comment

    The media reports an argument, and we believe is true, that there needs to be more high quality substance abuse treatment available. There are too few quality programs available to meet the demands substance use has put on society. What is a quality program? How does one differentiate? Why should ... read more

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    Popular Addiction Recovery Books

    Posted on May 7, 2014 by Leave a comment

    I am an avid reader or all kinds of different books. One thing that I am asked quite often are book recommendations for addiction and recovery. I compiled a list of popular books on addiction and recovery whether for knowledge, self help or inspiration, you may find one that interest you: -Living... read more

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    Self Medicating Due to School Pressure

    Posted on April 27, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Many people are aware that alcohol and substance use can lead to a loss on interest in school, lower grades along with feelings of hopelessness. However, there is a different side, the side of academic pressure that is leading teens to abuse alcohol and drugs. Teens are under a lot of pressure. S... read more

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    How Alcohol and Drug Addiction Affects Family Members

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    The longer alcohol and drug abusers use their drugs of choice, the worse their lives become. Until they are firmly in recovery, this continues in a downward spiral until they end up in jail, insane, or dead. "Firmly" in recovery means working a program or attending counseling consistently with a lot... read more

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    What is treatment?

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse  is learning about chemical dependency, how it has affected the addict or alcoholic and his/her family and friends and how to avoid returning to using alcohol or drugs. Treatment is going through the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual changes that occur ... read more

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    NC DWI Process

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

    What happens if someone gets a DWI in North Carolina? - A police officer can stop your car at license check points or if the officer notices you do something "suspicious" because the law states an officer must "encounter you during the lawful course of his duties." This leaves a pr... read more

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    Blind Faith

    Blind Faith

    Life is something that we cannot always predict because it is constantly changing and different

    Substance Abuse and Responsibility  

    Substance Abuse and Responsibility  

    Have you ever had the feeling that addicts act like they are still 14 years
  • Blind Faith

    Life is something that we cannot always predict because it is constantly changing and different from one day to the next. Sometimes change can be terrifying and also exhausting. We know that there are things in the world that is not in our control and we have two choices when those things happen we can […]

    Chemical Dependence and Responsibility

    Have you ever had the feeling that addicts act like they are still 14 years old? Do you wonder why they are often unable to fulfill normal adult responsibilities? The 12-Step programs have a theory about that. Recovering addicts and alcoholics believe that when they picked up their first drink or drug, they stopped maturing […]

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    Shame and guilt are two of the main reasons substance abusers and their families take so long to reach out and accept help. Guilt says “I am doing something terribly bad and deserve to be treated that way.” Shame says that “I am a bad person and do not deserve anything good in life.” When […]

    What brought me to First Step was drinking and driving and being arrested twice. My first impression was that I wouldn’t learn anything and that I would hate it. What I thought was helpful was listening to others and their stories and how they handled their situations, they helped me reduce the want of alcohol […]


    My first thought of treatment consisted of being nervous and not sure of what to expect. Shortly after beginning group I realized that everyone has similar issues but come from a variety of paths in life. I quickly felt in place as I realized that everyone pulled together to give positive feedback. My favorite group […]


    Like everyone else that I have heard say I thought this class was going to be boring and a waste of time; but as I got into group and learned people and got comfortable. I was able to talk and share and really started to enjoy thanks to Tonya and Jessie. You guys were really […]


    First Step is a great place to come to; to receive an assessment and treatment. The group sessions were very helpful in understanding the problems that arise from the substance abuse. The entire staff was very understanding and helpful. I would highly recommend First Step to anyone.


    I came to First Step for a DWI. Even though I was very nervous and frustrated about having to attend group, I believe that it is a great tool put in place whether you are an alcoholic or drink socially sometimes. Personally, I have learned ways to deal with stress, how to communicate with others […]


    What brought me to First Step I was smoking weed. The first time in group I didn’t know what to think, but I really enjoyed everything that I’ve gotten from First Step. I would just like to say that this group has helped me out a lot. It has opened my eyes to so many […]


    Group has honestly helped me deal with my issues. I came here for a DUI, but failed a drug test and realized I needed help with other issues. I know I have upset Cynthia and Phyllis about things. I’m truly sorry you both have helped me in many ways. I have learned to say no […]


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