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    Substance use disorder – screening, referral and placement

    Posted on April 15, 2017 by Comments are off

    Does someone you know need treatment for alcohol or drug use?  Who do you rely on for accurate information regarding the best options? What type of treatment provides the best chances for long term, hopefully permanent, recovery? How do you learn about the fees programs charge if paid out of po... read more

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    Treating substance use disorders

    Posted on March 7, 2017 by Comments are off

    "I recently spent five weeks in an inpatient rehabilitation center. Prior to returning to work I was advised to seek out an outpatient program. Coming to these groups has helped me understand my disease process as well as meeting others who were also struggling. My therapist was excellent in fac... read more

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    Substance Use and the Family: Intoxicant Emotions

    Posted on November 18, 2016 by Comments are off

    Drugs and alcohol are "intoxicants," consumed to have fun, feel better, and eventually to become intoxicated - high or drunk. Family members are directly affected at many levels by the increased problems that addiction causes. No surprise there.  The behavior of the substance user causes the famil... read more

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    Aftercare from Inpatient, Residential & Hospital Programs

    Posted on November 11, 2015 by Comments are off

    Upon returning home from inpatient treatment, aftercare programs provide ongoing support and services as people go through life changes in early recovery. Early recovery presents multiple challenges, many expected and unexpected changes. Challenges occur regarding finding local self help groups, ... read more

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    Substance Abuse Assessments

    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Comments are off

    Do you or someone you care about have a concern about your alcohol or drug use?  In an effort to better serve our communities, First Step provides substance abuse assessments to anyone who is interested. If you would like to speak with one of our professionals to learn if you have a problem wit... read more

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    Not ready for substance abuse treatment?

    Posted on September 5, 2014 by Comments are off

    It seems impossible to convince the necessity of it to someone who is not ready for substance abuse treatment.  Research shows it could take 5 - 6 treatments to help a person with a serious addiction to permanently stop using alcohol or drugs. Is that too much for a long term change? How much eff... read more

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    First Step Services, LLC, A Brief History

    Posted on April 30, 2014 by Leave a comment

    First Step was created in by Henry Tarkington in 2001, in Garner, NC as a single-therapist practice with no real name on June 12, 2001. In April 2002, “1st Step Substance Abuse & DWI Services,” the company’s first name, became a fully licensed outpatient, intensive outpatient and DWI sub... read more

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    What is a DWI Treatment Group?

    Posted on August 13, 2012 by Leave a comment

    ADETS: Alcohol/Drug Education Traffic School

    If you are assigned to an ADETS class as a result of your DWI assessment, you must complete 16 hours of alcohol, drug, & DWI education, sometimes known as DWI class. This is only provided by programs... read more

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    Choosing outpatient substance abuse treatment

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    Substance use disorder – screening, referral and placement

    Substance use disorder – screening, referral and placement

    Does someone you know need treatment for alcohol or drug use?  Who do you rely on for accurate information
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