Living in Recovery Maintenance, Long Term Aftercare & Continuing Care Programs

Living in Recovery

First Step Services, LLC specializes in Recovery Maintenance Programs, Long Term Aftercare and Continuing Care specifically designed for persons in long term employment, involved with professional boards and others in need of long term recovery support and progress reports. Our Living in Recovery Maintenance alcohol & drug counseling programs provide structured group therapy. 

To meet the needs of professionals in various fields, First Step Services, LLC is approved by the NC Board of Nursing, NC Physicians Health Program, Employee Assistance Programs, court programs, Wake County Public Schools, and other entities that require long term care.

“As I reflect on the past year of aftercare, the first word that comes to mind is gratitude. I am so grateful for the skills I have learned to achieve sobriety and maintain it. When I started, I was an anxious addicted mess. I was in denial about my addiction and I was angry about my circumstances. Through work in the program, support from the counselors and group. I have gained a new perspective on life and learned not only who I am, but how to cope with the challenges in my life. I have achieved a sense of clarity and restored trust in many of my relationships. This has given me a renewed purpose and passion for my life. I am hopeful for what the future holds and cherish the sobriety I have gained in recovery.” Anonymous Aftercare group member

Professional Monitoring

We provide ongoing monitoring and reporting to professional boards and other regulatory entities to ensure all client needs are met in a timely manner. Most participants have completed Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or inpatient treatment. Completion of primary treatment at a First Step location is not a requirement. Participants frequently transfer to First Step from other inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs.

Alumni Aftercare

In addition to our structured Aftercare & Continuing Care programs, we allow successful graduates from all levels of our program to continue attending their current groups for as long as they wish for $5 per day. Participants in Alumni Aftercare do not require progress reports for boards, schools, jobs, etc. Alumni Aftercare begins once the client is successfully discharged from primary care.

“I came in not knowing what to expect – but I was very pleasantly surprised by the professionalism with Doreen carries herself and conducts the aftercare sessions. I found that aftercare became one of the most important facts of my recovery… The ability to share with other professionals was absolutely essential for me. Its not always easy for me to share in a group setting, but the fact that we are in aftercare long enough to form relationships helped a lot. Furthermore, I found that Doreen’s passion for her work and compassion for her clients created an atmosphere of sharing that simply wouldn’t exist otherwise. I now have the tools to deal with my addiction and the device to maintain them. I see myself remaining drug-free, which is something that seemed so out of reach in the height of my addiction. Thank you First Step!”

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