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    Free Substance Abuse Assessments: (919) 833-8899

    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Comments are off

    Do you have a concern about your alcohol or drug use? Do you think you are possibly chemically dependent, addicted or alcoholic?  In an effort to better serve our communities, First Step provides free substance abuse assessments to anyone who is interested or in need. If you would like to speak... read more

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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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    Substance Abuse Treatment: Treating Chronicity of Disease

    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 person using substances and how to avoid returning to problems resulting from using alcohol or drugs. The effect on the family is a  portion of the comprehensive assessment and treatment. Treatment... read more

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