A substance abuser and his family: DWIs to Recovery
"You can't help him until he wants to help himself." "He is not ready to get clean and sober, the court ordered him to come." "He is only doing this because he is on probation and is trying to avoid jail." "He has no desire to give up... read more
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When I was told that I need to join these group sessions, I wasn’t too sure I’d like it at all. Every single person who I had met and talked to was beyond nice. The more I kept going to group, the more I enjoyed it. I am glad that I was required to go
It was a friendly and welcoming experience. There was a little apprehension at first but the exercises and discussions were something that anyone in my position could benefit from. The most helpful/best part about group is that it makes you ask yourself questions that you may not ask yourself otherwise. Some of the things I
"I entered First Step as a way to treat my addiction. I was very apprehensive and worried about myself, family and my future. Anxiety, guilt and shame were frequent emotions. Coming to group has helped me learn to deal with and identify these emotions. It has been so helpful talking about things and listening to
I first came to fFirst Step with court mandated treatment for a DWI I got 3.5 years ago. Did I want to come, no, but I'm sure glad I did. Being here has helped maintain my sobriety and helped me cope with many situations. Kim has been an awesome counselor. She has been 100% supportive
I came to First Step primarily to resolve a past DWI from Virginia. Throughout the entire process my counselors have been incredible. You are truly a person and not just a number or paycheck. The treatment helped me reaffirm the life changes I had made several years ago. Being able to share my experiences has helped
"Like with anything new, you're hesitant about expressing your feelings around strangers. But, as time went on, I began to open up more thanks to having such great counselors who take their work seriously and having other members of the group that encourage group participation. I've learned that I can maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle
“I think my treatment at First step has been very helpful. When I first started attending group, I was very anxious and nervous. My counselors Mrs. Phyllis and Mrs. Cynthia have been very kind and concerned about my well-being. I have learned to calm my nerves in the last few months through mind over matter.
What brought me to the First Step treatment was my lawyer. I got a marijuana charge back in the summer. It’s my first time getting in trouble with the law. So my lawyer told me to do a First Step treatment and he would be able to get it dropped from my record. So I
Anonymous Raleigh Client
I learned a lot through First Step. I learned about triggers, stressors, pathways that lead to addiction, and ways to negate all of those. When I first attended groups I was guarded and did not know what to expect. As time went on I became more comfortable and opened up about my life and situations
I came to First Step due to my DWI. I have had a really good experience with all counselors and staff I have been in contact with. I feel that group sessions are very helpful and interesting to learn from others’ experiences. This was the first time being in a group environment session.