The reason for this article is to stimulate thought about where a pure medical model of substance abuse treatment seems to be taking us. The medical model of substance abuse treatment has arrived. It has probably not even scratched the surface of where it is heading. Neither First Step, nor the w... read more
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Before my Prime for Life classes and group sessions at First Step, I had greatly misunderstood the risks I was imposing on myself by impairing my mind with alcohol. Though I was initially skeptical that I needed any form of counseling it is clear now that my mindset on alcohol needed to change for one
I came because I was charged with a DWI. My counselor was warm and didn’t make me feel ashamed. The people in group were all welcoming and shared their own struggles. The most important thing I learned by being here is how to change behaviors through thoughts and actions and by utilizing my support system. I
Anonymous Raleigh Client
Being in First Step treatment has helped me to open up a little. At first, I was kind of shy and embarrassed of my charge, but I realized we all make mistakes. Now I'm an open-minded individual who listens to other people's stories, pays attention, and has empathy for others.
I came to First Step due to a DWI I received approximately five years ago and had never followed through due to money. I began working again to save money to finally follow up with what I had put off for years and was coming home from work and went through a road block and
"I was brought here due to DWI. I was not sure how the program works but on the first session I learned everything about it and enjoyed it as well. I found it very helpful to share my problems and to hear from other people who had similar problems. I learned from the counselor as
A DWI on my motorcycle brought me to this treatment. I really appreciated the discussion format of treatment. It's given me a lot of coping mechanisms to deal with my high risk behavior. The abstinence-based program has helped in that order for me to get my license back. I have to get an intoxilizer installed
Anonymous Garner Client
"All of the group leaders and employees here have been nothing short of exemplary people. Kylie, Maya, Monique and Sarah were always positive and willing to treat all people with respect and dignity. Kylie led the group with extreme poise and composure. Having been in and around therapy groups Kylie guides and directs the members’
My alcoholism and drug addiction brought me to First Step. The counselors have all been empathetic to the difficulties. I have faced since being in recovery and worked with different counselors in my time here and have had positive experiences with all of them.
First of all, Monique was incredible. She has a great ability to get people to talk, answer questions, and make you feel comfortable and worthy at the same time. She is truly an asset to First Step. I learned how to change habits and keep those changes positive. I met a lot of great people,
“I have to say this was a life changing experience. I have learned a lot on how alcohol hurts and affects your body in the long-hall. There is so many things that I thought I knew, but clearly did not. It was also helpful that Tonya was very nice and wasn’t judgmental, as were others