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    First Step Services, LLC’s provides substance abuse and mental health related services throughout the Triangle Region of North Carolina to adolescents, adults and their families. We maintain the highest standards of quality services and care through the employment, retention and promotion of staff who demonstrate an attitude of service excellence and a commitment to all aspects of the “patient first” First Step Mission. We provide an environment conducive to personal and professional growth for our employees.

    Our goal is to help alcohol and drug users to never have another problem or issue related to use. Treatment will relieve, and eventually end financial, family, legal, social, school, emotional, and other problems resulting from substance use. Clients welcome this positive change.

    “I was brought to First Step via the NC Board of Nursing. I was very fearful at first, but change in one’s life is difficult. I have learned so much about myself, such as I need to slow down in life. Take one day at a time. I felt as if I was the only person this has happened to but no, many people are affected by addiction. It is a disease but it can be managed with healthy coping skills, healthy boundaries, and a sense of self. Take it easy on oneself and learn and grow from the challenges that one faces in life. You get out of recovery what you are willing to put into it. No one can make you or do it for you. I am finding more healthy ways to deal w with life on life’s terms.” ~ Anonymous Board of Nursing graduate

    Family And Community Education:

    First Step provides a free substance abuse education program to families, friends and other interested parties. Learn how to effectively help the person you care about. The F.A.C.E. Program meets each Monday evening, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. All who are interested in learning about alcohol & drug abuse are welcome. Learn More

    Day Programs at our Raleigh Facility:

    First Step provides morning substance abuse treatment programs, in addition to our traditional evening and weekend programs Monday through Saturday. Daytime group services include general outpatient treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment. Saturday group counseling programs are currently offered only at our Raleigh Facility. All locations provide evening substance abuse group programs scheduled at times to avoid conflict with traditional work schedules.  Call Today for more information: (919) 833-8899

    Aftercare for those returning home from Inpatient, Residential and Hospital treatment and detox:
    First Step Services, LLC provides Intensive Outpatient and General Outpatient aftercare for people completing and returning home from inpatient programs & hospitals across the country. We provide intensive group counseling, continuing care groups, long term aftercare, family counseling, individual counseling and other services as needed. The goal is to continue treatment and recovery while one transitions back into community living, returning to work, and resuming a “normal” lifestyle after returning home from inpatient or hospitalization. Upon successful completion of our 3 hour groups, members can continue to attend for $5 per day as long as they choose to attend and are maintaining abstinence.

    Professionals Programs:
    First Step provides long term recovery support Aftercare and Continuing Care programs for Professionals such as Nurses, Doctors, Attorneys, Dentists, Business Executives, and other professionals. The Professionals Programs aftercare meet in Raleigh and Durham for 1-1/2 hours weekly. Participants have typically completed a primary care program such as Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) or general outpatient programs. Other participants transfer in to First Step from other primary care programs or other aftercare programs due to the well known quality of care provided at First Step Services, LLC.

    First Step is a Pre-Approved Provider

    First Step Services is a Pre-Approved Provider by the Wake County Public Schools ACE Program,  NC Board of Nursing, Physicians Health Programs, NCSU Office of Student Conduct, NC DWI Services for DWI Assessments / Counseling / ADETS Education, Duke University Employment Assistance Program and others. First Step is in network with the major health insurance providers and we handle billing for you.

    Nationally Accredited

    First Step is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and licensed by the State of North Carolina to provide Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), General Outpatient Counseling, Mental Health Counseling,  DWI and DWLR Assessments, ADETS and DWI related Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Learn More

    Take the First Step to Recovery and Request a No Obligation Appointment Today! Do it Now

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    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


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