Shame and guilt are powerful 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 these two beliefs... read more
"I recently spent five weeks in an inpatient rehabilitation center. Prior to returning to work
“I came to the group because I got a DWI and I needed to complete a program. However, I need treatment anyways because I was an addict. While in group, I opened up quickly because I felt comfortable with my counselor and with the people in group. We all related in some form or fashion.
To get the most out of group I did not think about it as treatment but as therapy. I brought to group my complex issues that include so much more than substance abuse. At first I was hesitant to speak up, but as I listen to others share I wanted to do the same. I
I really enjoyed aftercare this time. I wanted to be here, I didn’t just have to be here. I feel like First Step added to my program and helped my sobriety. I was able to give the less sober members experience, strength, and hope. And they helped me remember where I came from! First Step
"I was brought here because of my DUIs it was helpful to be around others who are going through similar situations as me. I really enjoyed positive and left me feeling good about my steps in recovery. I have changed in taking responsibility for my actions and trying to see the positives in my negatives
"I was brought here due to DWI. I was not sure how the program works but on the first session I learned everything about it and enjoyed it as well. I found it very helpful to share my problems and to hear from other people who had similar problems. I learned from the counselor as
Well what brought me to First Step is I got a DUI. My first impression of the counselors and group was that everyone was very serious about this treatment and I know from the start that I needed to take it serious also and as far as the group I thought everyone was open and
A DWI on my motorcycle brought me to this treatment. I really appreciated the discussion format of treatment. It's given me a lot of coping mechanisms to deal with my high risk behavior. The abstinence-based program has helped in that order for me to get my license back. I have to get an intoxilizer installed
Anonymous Garner Client
I came to First Step by way of recommendation from a friend who knew about my need to undergo treatment for DUI/alcohol abuse initial impression were that the program was well organized and well run, compared to a previous program. I had attended elsewhere which focused on metrics of alcohol consumption. I felt that First
DWI brought me here. The counselors were great, helpful, respectful, and understood where you're coming from. The group was good, no judgment which makes you feel good. Made me feel like I wasn't alone. I tend to be co-dependent. No more drinking – not a lifestyle.
Anonymous Garner Client
My treatment was an eye opener! When you go through a DWI, as down as you think you are, there is always light. It is comforting to know that there are people going through what I went through and sometimes more. The biggest thing to take away is that people screw up, but it’s how