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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“At first like most people I wasn’t really crazy about going to group. As time went on all of that began to change. I started seeing the difference that the treatment was making in my life. I also saw that my family was beginning to be a lot happier than I’ve seen in a while.
Anonymous Raleigh Client
Following my DWI conviction, I called First Step and was immediately treated with respect and courtesy. My counselor was always kind, smiling, and ready to listen; offering help when needed. She was open and kind in all situations and to all of the group members. She taught tools to me and the group regarding staying sober.
Anonymous Raleigh Client
I have appreciated my time here, before (back in 2015) I was not ready to admit my problems but now I can talk openly about them I have changed a lot since my reasoning for being assigned to take this group I have learned that there are still things I could improve on – Just
Listened to others in the group and decision, and as you get older you no right from wrong. Stay right side of the road. Always have the will to do what is the hardest. Just make good decisions.
Came to First Step because it was the first place near and could help me right away. I thought the counselors were great, always helping, easy to open with ready to help anyway they can. I learned that I don't have to rush things. Now I care more and try to help people in anyway
“I looked forward to coming to group every week and feel that I got a lot out of it. A lot of that had to do with the way the counselor ran group – not with a strong arm, but by guiding us always in the right direction. This allowed everyone to be comfortable and
My initial thoughts were fear and uncertainty. It has taken me a few times but I feel like I got the will to stay clean and improve my life. I have learned that it is okay to just be still and take life a day at a time. I no longer have the desire to
I am at First Step for an underage drinking ticket. When I first came to First Step, I felt welcomed and I didn’t feel judged by the counselors. I really enjoyed the group where Ms. Phyllis shared her story about her husband. I learned that I need to learn how to use effective refusal more
"First impressions was it needed to be about me and I truly cared about getting better. As time passed I learned and tried to help others- this in turn helped me. I realized my counselor had a great way of getting everyone involved and the group would not totally depend on her but evolved around
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.