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    Experiences of First Step Services clients.

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    I came to First Step for possession of marijuana

    I came to First Step for a possession of marijuana charge. I didn't really want to be here, but then I got a DWI. The DWI really opened my eyes to what my life has become. It made me realize that sober life is the best life. This has helped me realize this is what I want to do, stay sober. This program has helped me realize a risky situation and learn how to deal with it if I'm already in the situation.


    I got the will to stay clean and improve my life

    My initial thoughts were fear and uncertainty. It has taken me a few times but I feel like I got the will to stay clean and improve my life. I have learned that it is okay to just be still and take life a day at a time. I no longer have the desire to use and I have finally experienced happiness in my life without the use of drugs. I have had so much in my life to be thankful for and so much to live for but I wasn't living. I was just going thru the motions of life and never being content. The group in this aftercare program has been awesome. I feel like I'm ready to move on with my recovery. Having a place where I can be honest is so important and I have found that in trusting this group I am able to open up and trust others in the recovery process. This isn't something that I will look at as done and completed. I will take this and know I was meant to find help where and the way I found it.


    Best possible environment for a recovering addict

    “I came into this slightly skeptical. I knew I had issues with substances, but didn’t quite believe that this would help. Regardless, I tried to be open and honest and gave feedback when I could. I came away from this with a lot of values and coping mechanisms I didn’t have before. The counselors were very understanding and the other group members were very comforting. All in all, I think this is the best possible environment for a recovering addict.”


    Counselor was a big help with letting me pay what I could

    “I was brought to First Step by the NC BON [Board of Nursing]. Initially, I was scared and didn’t know what to expect. The counselors were great and were non-judgmental, which made this a lot easier. I learned a lot about myself during my time at First Step and learned a lot of coping mechanisms to help in my day to day living. There were times when I wanted to give up because I didn’t have the money to pay but the counselor was a big help with letting me pay what I could within reason.”


    Closed minded to the idea of anything really good happening

    When coming to First Step, I was really closed minded to the idea of anything really good happening to me. Never thought substance abuse could ever be an issue for me. While being in group session with Tonya and Kim, they really opened my eyes to how serious of a disease these issues are! I am completing this group therapy with the perspective that people can change, but need the right resources at the right time. First Step can offer those resources and is a great option for anyone with substance abuse.


    I thought I wasn’t going to like the treatment

    A bad choice brought me here at First Step I thought I wasn’t going to like the treatment. The counselors were very interesting and fun. Really changed my mind and made it fun. Participation was key to everything if not treatment were going to be boring and not as helpful. I will definitely think twice about the choices I make now.


    We love you!

    “Beginning from my assessment, and continuing through group, I have sincerely appreciated the way everyone at First Step – counselors and fellow group members – have shown a genuine interest in our overall well-being. The support system I have found here has truly helped keep me accountable and has provided much needed strength in a difficult time in life. Tonya has been an amazing counselor and it is clear that she honestly cares about each person in group and wants the very best for each of us. (Thank you so much for being so great and caring…. We love you!)”

    Anonymous Raleigh

    Counselors were very friendly

    The counselors were very friendly and I learned I need to stay away from people, places and things where alcohol is involved. I learned I need to like myself more. Talking with people with some of the same issues was very helpful. I learned to open up a little more and to talk about what was bothering me instead of holding it in.


    I enjoyed it more than I expected

    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 pay real attention instead of just going through the motions. I was able to express my feelings and learn how some things actually related to me when before I thought nothing of it. I feel like I have been more than able to accomplish the goals I outlined in my enrollment session, and I will continue to maintain them outside of group.

    Anonymous Raleigh Client

    Domestic dispute with my husband

    “I was forced to come here after a domestic dispute with my husband. It was a very low point in my life. My first few meetings, I was bitter. I had to be her but I decided to try and make the best of it over time. I realized I could use the information in group and apply it to my life. I met a lot of great people along the way. It was a humbling experience and an unforgettable one.”



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    Getting a DWI is scary and the thought of coming to group was also scary and overwhelming – but my fear ended up turning into an invaluable resource and source of support as I navigate this unfamiliar journey and overcome this bump in the road.


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