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

In almost any type of rehab facility, both individual and group counseling will be used in the patient’s quest to maintain an addiction-free life. While both of these treatment modalities have their merits, some patients do not understand enough about them to feel anything other than fear when going into therapy. However, both individual and…

When Inpatient Rehab Is the Best Choice

The two basic types of rehabilitation from drug or alcohol dependency are inpatient and outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment can provide daily care, but support is limited during the evening and nighttime hours and patients are left to return to their own homes at night. In many cases, outpatient treatment is preferable because it is cheaper…

The Progressive Nature of Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction never occurs overnight. Rather, it starts with decisions that an individual chooses to make because of poor peer groups, mental or emotional struggles or even genetics. Because it is estimated that around 17 million American adults struggle with alcohol addiction or overuse, it is vital for individuals to understand when their healthy alcohol…

Prop 64 About Marijuana Passes in California

On the ballot at the California election on November 8, 2016, was a proposition to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, also known as cannabis, for adults over the age of 21. Marijuana had currently been legal for medical uses since 1996. The measure, known as Proposition 64, was approved by a 56% in favor…

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Schedule a Consultation with a First Step Recovery Center substance abuse counselor.
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.