We’re Passionate About Helping You
First Step Services, LLC has been locally owned and operated since 2001. We have been providing Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient treatment at locations in Wake County NC since 2002. Our Masters Level and Certified clinicians facilitate IOP groups and provide individual and family counseling. Our Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Mazzaglia provides psychiatric evaluations and provides ongoing support for those who benefit from his services.
First Step Services LLC staff is passionate about helping individuals seeking alcohol and drug use counseling. To assist in the journey to recovery, our team of masters-level licensed and certified substance abuse counselors provides a variety of outpatient services. Programs at First Step include Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient treatment, early intervention counseling and education groups, individual, group, and family counseling to supporting people returning home from inpatient, residential, and hospital programs.
Our specialized programs meet most alcohol and drug use in outpatient treatment needs. Our patients are referred by families, friends, co-workers, attorneys, hospitals, inpatient treatment centers, MAT clinics, and many other sources. Other patients refer to themselves. We accept clients referred by clinics providing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) such as suboxone. First Step’s Medical Director psychiatrist Joseph Mazaglia M.D. assists clients who have dual disorder needs – mental health and substance use. First Step’s goal is to assist all our clients to achieve a future free from problems related to substance use.
First Step Services is in-network with all major insurance companies to assist in covering the cost of substance abuse intensive outpatient treatment and 3-hour groups of general outpatient counseling. Call us if you have any questions.
Alcohol and Drug Counseling Groups
First Step clients are placed in a level of care based on ASAM, the American Society of Addictive Medicine criteria. Family counseling and support is encouraged and available to all.
We are proud to offer assessments and individual counseling sessions both online and in-person. We also have online and in-person options for our our Raleigh & Cary groups.
This 2-hour group focuses on harm reduction. It focuses on building insight into the risks associated with one’s substance use choices.
Mon & Wed (6:30-8:30pm)
General Outpatient – Longer-term Substance Use Treatment Program
If substance use has become more severe or more frequent a longer-term substance abuse treatment program is available. The longer-term treatment consists of approximately 9 to 12 weeks of group substance abuse counseling consisting of 12-20 group sessions.
IOP is proven to be a successful alternative to inpatient or residential treatment. When inpatient treatment is necessary, continuing treatment by attending IOP upon returning home creates the best outcomes for those patients. IOP participants live at home, continue with work or education as normal, and lead an otherwise normal lifestyle. IOP is cheaper than inpatient or residential treatment.
Recovery in Action IOP
Utilizes the stages of change model to focus on recovery protection & healthy coping skills. We use a wellness model centered on self-care, problem-solving & life skills that can be applied to daily life.
Hybrid - Mon Virtual, Tue & Thu Raleigh In-Person
Mon, Tue & Thu (6 PM – 9 PM)
Together in Change IOP
It allows for people at different stages of their recovery journey to come together. Focuses on breaking down the barriers & taking steps to change behaviors no longer serving us.
Mon, Tue & Thu (6 – 9 PM)
Creating Focus IOP
Focuses on stages of change & value-based decision-making skills. We provide education on the disease model of addiction and look at how we can create a focus in our lives.
Tue, Thu (6:30-9:30pm) & Sat (9am-12pm)
First Step Services, LLC provides Intensive Outpatient and General Outpatient aftercare for people returning home from inpatient programs & hospitals across the country. The goal is to provide support and treatment for people returning to families, work and friends with continued stability while they transition back into their normal lifestyle.
Living in Recovery
Focuses on helping people live their best life! Emphasis is placed on peer accountability & individual recovery protection to help people live a fulfilling life in sustained recovery.
Wed (6-7:30 pm)
This group is designed to meet the needs of participants needing long term care after completing a primary care program such as IOP or inpatient treatment. This group focuses on helping people live their best life! Emphasis is placed on peer accountability & individual recovery protection to help people live a fulfilling life in sustained recovery. The NC Board of Nursing, Physicians, professional Boards attorneys, airline pilots, and others in early recovery requiring long term aftercare attend these groups for 1 to 3 years, or as long as it is beneficial. Reporting to professional boards, jobs, etc. is provided as requested by participants.
Our “Alumni Group” program allows participants of primary care to continue attending their group for $5 per day. The requirement of participation in the Alumni Group Program is the person has maintained abstinence and is continuing to attend a group to support their recovery.
Uses Prime for Life curriculum. Designed to gently, but powerfully challenge common beliefs & attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. Alcohol and drug education programs that satisfy court, job, schools, probation, DWI, and other requirements. These classes fulfill the needs of Alcohol and Drug Education Traffic School (ADETS) and Prime for Life requirements. ADETS is the education level for DWI clients. Prime for Life is available at all our locations for others needing substance abuse education. Both classes cost $185. View additional details and schedule here.