The reason for this article is to stimulate thought about where a pure medical model of substance abuse treatment seems to be taking us. The medical model of substance abuse treatment has arrived. It has probably not even scratched the surface of where it is heading. Neither First Step, nor the w... read more
"I recently spent five weeks in an inpatient rehabilitation center. Prior to returning to work
"Getting a DUI back in college and getting my license taken away I had to enroll in this treatment program. I liked it initially, my first assessment was with Reggie who also went to ECU and was supper chill and great to talk to. I liked the group because there was such a wide range
When I first came to First Step, honestly I did not think I belonged in this place. But after a couple of sessions, I realized that I needed help in more places than one. I appreciate the group sharing and allowing me to share. Just getting everything off my chest was the beginning of a
Anonymous Raleigh Client
"My first thought was nervous, I’m not good at taking about my personal life with strangers but as time went by I felt comfortable because the counselor hit key points that opened up my mind as well as others and brought subjects together as a group that understood and could reflect from the subjects because
I was brought to First Step in Garner after I received a DWI. It was my first and I pray only one I will ever receive. It rocked me to my core and scared me to death. I was so distraught and disappointed with myself. This group has been amazing. It has helped me to
In my time at First Step, I feel like I learned more than I expected to and certainly I enjoyed it more than I expected to. I thought I would completely hate it, but I feel that because of who my counselor was and the quality of the group members, I was actually able to
Anonymous Raleigh Client
Getting this DUI had brought me to First Step Services. It made me realize that I had a public health issue by putting citizens in danger by getting behind the wheel drunk. I have been getting away with it for so long that I believe God made me go through this by getting caught finally
The groups were counseling and it was very therapeutic to be able to talk things out without being judged. I loved getting to know others and their circumstances too.
“I came to First Step as a result of a DWI. My first impression was not entirely positive. I didn't see the value, only the punishment. As it turned out, I found the treatment to be extremely helpful. It made me realize that everyone's situation is different and maybe mine wasn't so bad after all.
Anonymous Garner Client
“I was brought here because of my DWIs. It was helpful to be around others who are going through similar situations as me. I really enjoyed the interaction that the counselor had between the group. It was always positive and left me feeling good about my steps in recovery. I have changed in taking responsibility
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