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
I first came to First Step open minded and considerate of others. When I signed up, I felt welcomed and the other kids respected me and my opinions. The experience of being around and learning from others was very valuable to me. Before the treatment I wouldn’t consider myself as a bad person but this
"Group treatment was very informational not only dealing with my issues but just hearing from different individuals in group was inspiring to stay focused on what I needed to accomplish. Also, the ideas from the group on how to stay focused and determined. The counselors are helpful in keeping you on the right path and
I came to First Step due to testing positive for marijuana when I was placed on pretrial probation. Initially, I didn’t want to take part in the group treatment and found the 60 hours to be more than what I felt to be needed. However, after being in the first few group settings, I realized
I believe First Step helped me realize how real my addiction was to different substances, and how I really didn't take it serious many different times throughout the beginning of my sobriety and trying to complete the program. I learned that if I really didn't give 150% throughout the program, then I was likely wasting
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
I came here following a DWI. I made a poor decision, and I am now dealing with it. At first I thought of the groups as a punishment I was forced to complete. As the groups went on, I met people similar to me and made friends. With the group’s help, I learned how my
Anonymous Raleigh Client
“I think this class is very helpful. I enjoyed the counselor and classmates. I recommend this class to everyone. I learned so much in First Step and I thank you all for your help.”
Anonymous Prime for Life education graduate
I was initially attending Aftercare groups through Southlight, which I was very displeased with, so I decided to return to First Step to continue groups. I have an appreciation for the continuity in the group’s. At Southlight we had a new counselors every time I went, I felt like all of my time was spent
Struggling with addictions issues and the want to stay sober. At first I was still bitter and angry because I completed a different IOP in Florida to maintain my peace. Mostly I learned how to manage my emotions.
"When I first got here I was nervous I don’t like being in front of a lot of people, but I got comfortable quick and opened up. I learn that I need to stay sober and First Step. Helped me with that a lot."