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    Do I have an alcohol or drug use problem?

    Posted on January 1, 2018 by Comments are off

    How do we know when alcohol and/or drug use has become a problem for us? What is a substance use problem? Alcohol or drug problems arise when you, a family member or friend, are drinking or using drugs in an amount that may be harmful, illegal or impair any part of your life. Maybe you have had arg... read more

    Choosing outpatient substance abuse treatment

    Posted on June 4, 2017 by Comments are off

    Congratulations! You have decided to seek information regarding counseling or education for alcohol or drug use. It is a big decision and commitment, no matter the reason you reach out for assistance. Below are tips on how to choose a substance abuse provider and make substance use treatment a succ... read more

    Treating substance use disorders

    Posted on March 7, 2017 by Comments are off

    "I recently spent five weeks in an inpatient rehabilitation center. Prior to returning to work I was advised to seek out an outpatient program. Coming to these groups has helped me understand my disease process as well as meeting others who were also struggling. My therapist was excellent in fac... read more

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    Substance Use and the Family: Intoxicant Emotions

    Posted on November 18, 2016 by Comments are off

    Drugs and alcohol are "intoxicants," consumed to have fun, feel better, and eventually to become intoxicated - high or drunk. Family members are directly affected at many levels by the increased problems that addiction causes. No surprise there.  The behavior of the substance user causes the famil... read more

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    Professional Profile

    Posted on October 12, 2015 by Comments are off

    Professional Profile in Attorney At Law Magazine First Step Services has been profiled in Attorney at Law Magazine. - Excerpt from Magazine Article - Make Better Choices People convicted of a DWI are required to get an assessment and complete any substan... read more

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    Using health insurance and Medicare for alcohol, drug rehab and substance abuse treatment at First Step Services, LLC

    Posted on May 23, 2014 by Leave a comment

    Substance Abuse Treatment: Treating Chronicity of Disease

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Leave a comment

    The media reports an argument, and we believe is true, that there needs to be more high quality substance abuse treatment available. There are too few quality programs available to meet the demands substance use has put on society. What is a quality program? How does one differentiate? Why should ... read more

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    Daily Gratitude Journal

    Posted on May 7, 2014 by Leave a comment

    A daily gratitude journal can be surprisingly beneficial.  If done daily, the results can be almost magical over time. It is a great supplement to treatment, or a recovery program and to one's life in general. It will surely be a boost to those in 12-step, or any self-improvement program. A Gratitu... read more

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    First Step Services, LLC, A Brief History

    Posted on April 30, 2014 by Leave a comment

    First Step was created in by Henry Tarkington in 2001, in Garner, NC as a single-therapist practice with no real name on June 12, 2001. In April 2002, “1st Step Substance Abuse & DWI Services,” the company’s first name, became a fully licensed outpatient, intensive outpatient and DWI sub... read more

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    What is substance abuse treatment?

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Alcohol and drug rehab is a process of several components. Substance use treatment includes building new relationships, experiencing life without use of alcohol and drugs over and extended period and developing life skills to prevent a return to problematic substance use. Treatment is moving beyo... read more

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    Do I have an alcohol or drug use problem?

    Do I have an alcohol or drug use problem?

    How do we know when alcohol and/or drug use has become a problem for us?
    Choosing outpatient substance abuse treatment

    Choosing outpatient substance abuse treatment

    Congratulations! You have decided to seek information regarding counseling or education for alcohol or drug use.
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