Summer is often a time of increased use of alcohol and other substances. During the
“I came to First Step following inpatient treatment for the use of several substances. I gained a lot there but it seemed like I really learned most of the valuable skills for dealing with addiction from First Step. I came in very unsure of everything and everyone but it didn’t take long for things to
Anonymous Raleigh Client
"I came to First Step, initially to get my license back due to a DUI. At first I was slightly apprehensive about the process but quickly came to realize that this program was more about helping the individual with their Drug of Choice, rather than preaching about how drugs/alcohol are bad. I never felt like
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.
This was my second attempt to get my nursing license back after a relapse in 2009. Aftercare was something required by the NCBON prior to getting my license back. I called First Step after finding the number online and spoke with counselor for an interview assessment. I attended IOP briefly I was sent to aftercare
First Step taught some valuable lessons regarding tolerance, restraint, and being able to not be afraid to just say No. What appeared to be most helpful were the handouts and group discussions concerning our various topics we would cover from week to week and from one meeting to the next. I found some meeting were
"I got a DWI. My initial impression of group was very positive. It was not a lecture or punishment. Instead group members shared their experiences from the past and this brought a personal touch to the group. Everyone was open and honest our counselor Jessie was not judgmental and had organized group plans for us
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
“I came to First Step because I got a DUI. The counselors are the best there is. They treat everyone the same no matter what illness you are dealing with. Group really helps you learn to open up about yourself and confront your problem. The illness never ends but First Step helps you manage it
"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
“Like most participants, I had mixed feelings about starting group counseling. Fortunately, Tonya established a great environment with an accepting “feel.” All of the participants had something to contribute and I quickly felt a sort of bond with my fellow attendees. Tonya made each of the sessions unique, informative and for the most part, enjoyable.