Welcome to First Step Recovery Center

If you, or someone you care about, have had your life ravaged by drug and alcohol abuse and the disease of addiction, you should know that you are not alone. We want you to know that there is now medical treatment and real help for addiction and alcoholism in the High Desert at First Step Recovery Center in Victorville. The mission of First Step Recovery Center is to help our clients achieve and maintain full recovery from the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual ravages caused by drug abuse and alcoholism.

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Dr. Matney

Treating addiction gives us the opportunity to impact not only the patient’s life, but also their family and everyone around them, including society in general.
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What is Addiction?

Addiction is truly a “real disease” of the brain and nervous system. Once it takes hold, it is no longer a disease that is under the control
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Same-day appointments may often be available, so please call our office if you want an appointment today.

We believe in “Whole Person Care” for the disease of addiction,
and we address the entire scope of the disease, including:

  • Genetic factors & genetic predispositions
  • Medical issues & physical factors
  • Cravings, obsessions & the functional changes within the addicted brain
  • Family of origin issues, including any early trauma or abuse
  • Lifestyle risk factors & dealing with triggers
  • Effects on work & school
  • Legal problems & financial woes
  • Devastating effects on relationships & children
  • Moral decline, spiritual despair, depression & isolation

Latest Blogs

How Well Do 12-Step Programs Work?

There have been plenty of studies performed in the past decade looking at how effective 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, really are. Those who have had good success in the programs tend to cheer the groups on loudly while those who have not been successful tend to remain in the background. However, it is…

Cancer Patients and Narcotics

An integral part of many cancers is pain. While some cancer patients are fortunate enough not to deal with pain, many patients have daily pain related to the disease process or the treatment. Many cancerous tumors are large enough to press on surrounding organs; other cancers require chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or a combination of these…

How to Avoid Addiction When Taking Opioids

Opioids, such as prescription narcotics, are highly addictive. They work on certain receptors in the brain to decrease pain and create a calm feeling while also inducing tiredness. Narcotics are often used as the first line of defense against moderate to severe pain in hospitals and clinics around the world. While behavioral therapies can decrease…

Seniors and Alcoholism

It is hard to imagine very many elderly people as having problems with alcohol, such as unhealthy dependencies. However, it is certainly the case, especially among those who already have other chronic health problems. A recent report out of the University of Georgia that was published in the American Geriatrics Society Journal studied over 1,500…

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First Step Recovery Programs Statement

First Step Recovery Center is an abstinence-based rehabilitation center. We are physician-owned and -operated, and staffed by a board-certified Addiction Medicine specialist. Our clients receive a thorough evaluation of their medical, psychological, family, social, and inner-spiritual condition before a diagnosis is made and a treatment plan is recommended.

Our capabilities include medical management of addiction, including outpatient detox for alcohol, heroin, prescription opiates and benzodiazepines for appropriately selected patients. These clients are able to remain in their own homes at night during this process.

First Step Recovery Center offers a comprehensive educational program and group therapy program, including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Individualized Treatment Programs, a Continuing Care Program, a Family Program, and a Dual Diagnosis Capable Program.

Clients and family from the High Desert, including Victorville, Hesperia, Phelan, Adelanto, Apple Valley, and Barstow will find help for addiction, alcoholism, alcohol detox, drug detox, drug addiction help, drug addiction recovery, dual diagnosis capable recovery, and drug testing.