Experiences of First Step Services clients.
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First Step helped me to see that I was not alone
First Step helped me to see that I was not alone, everyone hand a story to tell. Some more, so than me, but it was good for me to open up and find some things about myself at this age. The group helped each other to get past whatever pain at that time, but over all very good group I say.
I needed this stability
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 that I needed this stability because I was in a situation that was new and pretty scary to me. After learning that I was in more need of treatment, I found it to be pretty positive for me. It gave me some outlet for dealing with my frustrations. Like most, I found the Victims Impact Panel to be very enlightening. It gave me the opportunity to stop and think about how lucky I was not to be in the situations that happened to them. I felt a greater sense of gratefulness that I’m able to learn from my mistakes and ways to change my thinking so that I can prevent future instances from occurring.
Extremely outside my comfort zone
I have to admit, this is extremely outside my comfort zone to participate in group discussions talking about personal issues. I was a little defensive at first when asked personal questions by the counselor in the room of strangers. As I completed each session, I did feel more comfortable opening up. It was very helpful to hear others talking about their own personal issues, and their ways of coping – We were all there for different situations, but all had a common underlying reason of being there. I think the program gave us the tools on how to avoid high risk situations through group activities, games, and discussions. Overall, I am glad that I did it. It was a “eye-opener” for me to see that maybe I did rely on alcohol during stressful life events.
I got comfortable quick
"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."
Group was open minded and respected each other
I liked how the group was open minded and respected each other and everyone's stories and offered only positive feedback. Never felt as if I was forced or being picked on. The counselor has different forms of opening up to everyone in ways that are creative fun and the group and I were able to learn a few things about one another helps you break in and feel like your in a protected and fun environment. I first came in under the impression that it was unnecessary and I was wasting time. The more I came and shared my stories and listened to what others had to say I learned a few things might have know how to improve my decision making to finding different ways to overcome certain obstacles. In the end I feel as if I'll be making better decisions from here on out. Thank you.
Group is an army of me
This program has helped me see that I’m not alone in this struggle of addiction. Group is an army of me. What has helped me the most is to sit back and listen to what others have to say. I take what others say in and make relations to it whether it is a positive or negative outlook. As far as coming back; a lesson lived is a lesson learned. Sobriety is a big part of my life, and will continue to be every day from here on out. I must obtain/sustain supremacy of mind, body, spirit, and most importantly of self; to stay on this path, mind over all. Every decision made in life begins with you. Making good/better decisions is inevitable to me for my survival/well-being and that of my family. Sometimes standing for what you believe in means standing alone. As long as I have a leg to stand on I will fight for what I believe and most importantly my family. Who’s got more heart than you? No one; of all the questions I’ve asked my-self, this is what I must prove. If your heart’s not in it you will fail. As far as addiction goes, end the fight before the fight ends you. Of all the lies I’ve told, this is the least untrue. I have learned that this is going to be a life long struggle, but it doesn’t have to be a daily one. To build a mountain takes a long, long time. Use what you’ve learned like a catapult, and load the cannon when you need to fire. Sober way of life is the only way of life and I’m finally okay with that. As a parent I am a mirror to my child; meaning my actions and the choices I make reflect on her. Despite the fact that she’s never actually seen me drunk/high, the shadows will only hide so much. Proud to stand in the light and reflect positive things in her direction. Once I removed my mask, I saw myself for who I truly was, the person I was meant to be. I no longer dodge mirrors and lurk in the shadows. I face myself and life one day at a time and no longer worry with what I can’t control. Take your blinders off and see each thing for what it truly is and see what life is really about. It’s a blessing to be alive. I’ve spent my whole life dying and I’m ready to live.
My family and I are happier
“At first I was very stand offish to take the group seriously. After talking to my counselor one on one, I decided to give it a try. And I’m glad that I did. First Step staff and hearing from other group members has helped me with more ideas of how best to strengthen my own support system at home. I’m completely substance free, my family and I are happier and I’m finding new ways to enjoy life without liquor. Special thanks!”
Treatment has changed my outlook
“A charge and guilty plea followed is what brought me to First Step Services. My initial impression of the group and counselors was very accepting and wise. The best points I took from treatment was (separating drinking from driving, talking in a group setting). Through treatment I’ve learned to not rescue anyone, I can stop drinking on Sundays. Treatment has changed my outlook on time management.” Anonymous Durham Client
Staff here are outstandingly great and very friendly
I came to First Step for a DWI and also to resolve my drinking problem. I have a very high tendency to drink a lot when I drink, so I have called myself a binge drinker. The counselors and staff here are outstandingly great and very friendly. Not once did I ever feel uncomfortable coming in or in group. Also, everyone's positive feedback and output in the group was very helpful. I learned that 2 have an addiction to alcohol and learned various ways to deal with it. I knew I had a problem but it took me a while to resolve it. Especially my mom being an alcoholic but she's in rehab now so that has taken a lot of stress off of me. I have found new hobbies to do, I have removed myself from the people I used to hang around and also I have told myself that alcohol is not needed in my life. Treatment made me realize that my actions and previous record come from drinking too much and being an alcoholic. So I have fixed that so I do not end up like this again.
I looked forward to coming to group
“I looked forward to coming to group every week and feel that I got a lot out of it. A lot of that had to do with the way the counselor ran group – not with a strong arm, but by guiding us always in the right direction. This allowed everyone to be comfortable and to feel less vulnerable about opening up. I think that I’ll remember the counselor’s kindness and encouragement for a long time – I know it has helped me this far.”