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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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    Increase of Fatalities with Marijuana Influenced Driving

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    Loneliness and Recovery

    Loneliness and Recovery

    There are so many different emotions that a person can go through when they are

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    Sara Shook

    Sara has been with First Step Services since August 2008 where she began as a master’s level intern and is now full time Counselor/Therapist. She received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development, and Sociology with a concentration in Family Development from Appalachian State University in May 2005. Sara continued her education, […]

    Rande Conn

    Randee Conn, B.A., CSAC, Durham Program Manager, Substance Abuse Counselor Randee is a NCSU Graduate with a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She also holds a Post Graduate degree from Meredith College. She has been working as a substance abuse counselor for almost 2 decades. She has been working at First Step since 2006 […]

    Phyllis Kirby

    May 2007 began internship with First Step Services, LLC December 2007 – completed 300 hrs internship at First Step Services, LLC, continue to work to present time. July 2008 Received AA degree in Human Services/Substance Abuse – Wake Technical Community College. January 2009 – group counselor ( intermediate) First Step Svcs.LLC (Tues/Thurs 2 hr. Sessions) […]

    Susann Hoppmann

    Susann Hoppmann (maiden name Stupka) has been with First Step since 2005. She obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. Previously she attended Gannon University in Erie, PA, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work. While at Chapel Hill, Susann focused on clinical […]

    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 […]

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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: Marketing & Outreach: Knowledge or experience with substance a use issues and treatment a plus. […]

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