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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The first time I started the First Step program I was not ready to do it for myself. It was solely for my DWI. But the more I looked back at my actions and the way alcohol was affecting my life in general the more I wanted to stay sober and this group definitely helped
Actually First Step was a great experience. I’m not going to stop coming; I’m going to come back on Monday’s. I really learned in group things about myself that I really couldn’t see. I learned that if you be honest with yourself first and accept responsibility for your actions; to learn from your mistakes and
"I had a wakeup call on the day that I got a DUI. Although, it was far from normal I am not without guilt, I have so much happening at this time that it’s been tough to deal with. My time at First Step has been an absolute God send. This program has helped me
“I came to First Step as a result of a DWI. My first impression was not entirely positive. I didn't see the value, only the punishment. As it turned out, I found the treatment to be extremely helpful. It made me realize that everyone's situation is different and maybe mine wasn't so bad after all.
Anonymous Garner Client
For me, First Step treatment was invoking. Although my life has changed dramatically in the last two years due to life choices of my own knowledge is good. Getting to know your down-falls on what’s happening to you can be important. The counselors at First Step have been extremely helpful. They seem to genuinely believe
I came to First Step due to my DWI. Initially, I wasn’t thrilled to have to complete 7 sessions of group since I don’t believe I have an alcohol problem. I was a little uncomfortable at first to share things about my life with complete strangers. By the third or so group, I had become
Anonymous Raleigh Client
Initially I expected the group sessions to be very boring and was rather unenthusiastic about attending. However, after my first few sessions I found an appreciation for the program. I think what was most beneficial for myself was seeing and hearing other people's situations as it made me realize I could very well be in
"I came to First Step understanding that it was going to be required by the court for my DWI. After the first class, I began looking forward to my Tuesday night classes. It was a place where I could come and open up about stuff in a safe environment that I wouldn’t have been able
I came to First Step after getting a DUI. I was very apprehensive about coming to group and wasn’t sure that it was the right fit for me. However, my counselor immediately made me feel at ease and the way she facilitates the group is perfect. She allows for group discussion and feedback and doesn’t pressure
This treatment program is a great resource for the community. During my treatment period you made a safe and professional environment for me to discuss and process anything I needed. In particular I enjoyed the instant feedback from professional counselors during group. We were all able to share experiences and hope regardless of length of