A substance abuser and his family: DWIs to Recovery
"You can't help him until he wants to help himself." "He is not ready to get clean and sober, the court ordered him to come." "He is only doing this because he is on probation and is trying to avoid jail." "He has no desire to give up... read more
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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 am still processing group, even though I am
A DWI brought me to First Step. My initial impression was to ‘Get this over with.” However, after sitting through 7 groups I have absorbed a lot of useful and helpful information. It is very therapeutic hearing others talk about how alcohol or other mind altering substances affected them. I have learned to look at
At first I did not know what to expect. Still I always maintained a positive attitude and listened to others and their stories. I enjoy getting to know the individuals in my group and I also enjoyed learning about the different topics that we discussed each week. I did a ton of reflecting on my
In November of 2014, I made the reckless and dumb choice to get behind the wheel after drinking. After getting my first DWI, I was brought to First Step. At first I was hesitant on what group was going to be like. I didn't want to talk to a group of strangers about my personal
I was charged with a DWI in Feb. of 2015. My attorney suggested. I come to complete a DWI assessment. I honestly am really glad I came and was able to participate in group. I found being about to discuss my experience as well as my feeling toward my alcohol use very helpful. It was
First of all I would like to say thank God for First Step. At first I was not confident there would be a program to help me with my problems. First Step completely swept away that fear. I’ve learned to open up more. Yes, I made a mistake, and now First Step gave me the
"All in all I am quite satisfied with the quality of treatment I received. Group leaders were compassionate and responsible. I benefited greatly from the program despite being mandated to attend by a third party."
I came to First Step because my transportation asked me to find something convenient for my home to work route. First Step was the treatment center closest to my work, so it became easier to get to group since I stated here. I have been to group at other facilities before coming to First Step,
At first, I didn’t know what, the group was going to be, like but I found everyone to be very nice and easy going. It was good that I was able to talk and let everyone know how I was feeling in a good setting. I also found it very helpful to hear everyone else
Anonymous Education program graduate
I came to First Step due to my DWI. I have had a really good experience with all counselors and staff I have been in contact with. I feel that group sessions are very helpful and interesting to learn from others’ experiences. This was the first time being in a group environment session.