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
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It has been quite an experience for me, sometimes overwhelming, but in the end I have seen the benefits of purpose of this program. It has helped me to realize how the decisions we make not only affect us, but also the people we love and even people we don’t even know. The open discussion
First Step is a great name for this program. It has been the first step in my reevaluation of myself and in taking new steps to continue my progress as a man. I was able to release stress and get advice on my life issues. I felt welcomed and encouraged to let it go, and
Coming to First Step has been a very interesting ,enlightening, powerful, provoking, emotional experience. When I attended my first group, I was very skeptical. I had gone to an alcohol education class and even a few sessions of AA before and wasn't a big fan of either. But once we got into the meat of
The program was Instrumental in helping me to maintain my sobriety. My sustained alcohol free existence is attributed to my fellow group member’s testimonials, their stories so relatable to mine helped in alleviating y intense anger issues. The intimacy of the group was almost everything.
Anonymous Raleigh Client
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
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
“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.
I was brought here because of a DUI and I thought it was gonna be a boring weekly meeting that I was forced to be a part of but it was quite the opposite. I found that the many counselors were awesome and knowledgeable about treatment methods and how to cope with your addictions. I
Initially, I was skeptical; I didn't think I had a problem and thought I had heard everything already, so I put up a bit of a wall. After realizing this was not the case, I began to relax and open up more. The more I opened up, the more I got out of the group
What brought me to first step was a simple possession of marijuana ticket. At first I didn’t want to be here but I realized that if I was required I might as well make the most of it. The counselors were personable, great listeners, and had some great advice. Being forced to be sober was