Your Journey Begins at First Step Recovery Center

The First Step in recovery is the most raw and honest moment for an addict. It is no easy feat to openly recognize powerlessness under the anchored weight of addiction and desire to regain control over it.

First Step strives to help clients recognize the magnitude of their addiction and guide them to also deeply desire to be freed from it. Once the problem is accepted, then the solution may begin to unfold. The road to recovery is long and hard. This seemingly-impossible journey is more bearable with a professional and understanding guide to encourage, support, and mentor. These professional guides at First Step Recovery are present every step of the way for each moment of success and weakness.

Our clients are most commonly admitted to our evidence-based clinical treatment Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) with options for morning, afternoon, or evening monitoring. This program is implemented for those who are undergoing our outpatient detox program, or for those who require more intensive treatment or monitoring. We also offer Individualized Treatment Programs for those who are mildly affected and only need brief one-on-one treatment, or for others who seek long-term medical management and drug screening after they graduate our programs.

To accommodate more severe circumstances, we also offer a 6 hours a day, 5 days a week Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This program is implemented for patients determined by our addiction medicine physicians, addiction psychiatrist, or trauma-specialized licensed therapist to have more complex medical or psychiatric needs.

For program graduates, as well as for those with long-term sobriety who wish to enhance their own recovery, we have an impactful Continuing Care Program that focuses on lifestyle change, relapse prevention, and recovery enhancement. We find these programs to be crucial in order to deepen the client’s understanding and practice of a clean and sober Recovery.

Our Family Program recognizes the importance of involving family and significant others throughout the recovery process. Additionally, returning to the family after treatment can often be one of the most challenging times for the client. First Step Recovery Center actively helps the client positively integrate back into the family dynamic prioritizing communication as key.

The damages of addiction take their toll hardest on the suffering families and loved ones, which we deeply focus on amending with the client’s active involvement. First Step Recovery recognizes the unique circumstances that can lead an individual toward addiction and emphasizes the importance of involving the family throughout the recovery process. Along with couples therapy, we offer group therapy sessions for family and significant others who have been impacted by the client receiving treatment to begin facilitating positive group-healing. Genetic and familial root causes are also investigated for further understanding of the addiction to more precisely execute tailored treatment.

Outside of the client’s family recovery process, we seek to connect family members to Al Anon Family Groups, which feature panel discussions with successful members of these life-saving fellowships. Most often, it takes the family or significant other getting involved in Al Anon to help the client close the last door of denial in order to feel compelled enough to seek their own treatment.

Even if the addict cannot manage ultimately staying sober, it is our mission to support the family and present loving and constructive recovery strategies to support the client.

Families will always remain welcome at First Step Recovery Center, whether or not the alcoholic or addict chooses to fully participate. We understand the hardships and concerns families of an addict experience so we will always be here to help.

We are here to treat your beloved as you wish them to be treated – with love, support, and positive encouragement from licensed, understanding professionals.

Addicts seeking recovery can truly thrive when they are given one-on-one non-judgemental support and unwavering care. First Step Recovery’s unique dual approach to medical and emotional care allows us to meet each individual patient’s needs on a much broader scale.

The dual approach First Step Recovery embraces calls for the intake process to consist
of multiple phases to ensure the client receives the best possible care tailored specifically for their needs. Our rigorous intake process aims to leave no stone unturned as we dig to find the root causes of the addiction at hand.

The first screening phase utilizes an approved system from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to classify severity of the addiction, personal needs, and most importantly, challenges. From there, a unique substance abuse treatment plan is created indicating recommended level and length of treatment.

After formal admission to First Step Recovery Center, the patient receives a second, more in-depth evaluation to develop a personalized patient-centered treatment plan. This second phase investigates details about the patient’s life and health history as it relates to their drinking and using—including family history and a complete inventory of physical and mental health.

Most clients are admitted to our foundational Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). This nationally-leading evidence-based program combines 10 to 12 hours per week of group sessions, including weekly individual and family therapy sessions with their case manager.

We also offer Individualized Treatment Programs for those who are mildly affected and only need brief one-on-one treatment, or for others who seek long-term medical management and drug screening after they graduate our programs.

The mission of the IOP is to help the client find their way to complete lifestyle change, free from enslavement to drugs and alcohol while using the basic tools of a sober life. We instill in our clients the skills necessary to handle life’s challenges without the need to resort to escapism through drugs or alcohol. This approach guides our clients to “life after treatment” as a sober member of society who is supported by the welcoming community of others by participating in Anon groups.

At the heart of our dual approach, we design our programs to be as inclusive as possible – we know no individual or root addiction is the same. For those suffering from mental health disorders as well as addiction, our staff includes two addiction medicine physicians, an addiction psychiatrist, and a trauma-specialized licensed therapist. If a patient is identified to be in need of further mental health care, they will go on to receive additional levels of evaluation and treatment from these specialized providers. Some patients may be professionally diagnosed psychiatric medications to help stabilize their Recovery process. Clients with a dual diagnosis of a mental health and addiction disorder may further receive a personal consultation via secure video link with a highly qualified addiction psychiatrist.
Patients with more complex medical or psychiatric needs may be admitted to our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at a minimum of 6 hours per day, 5 days per week. The PHP program can include patients requiring monitored Ambulatory Detox, or those who need physician-supervised stabilization of a more severe medical or mental health problem. Many patients transferred to us from residential treatment programs or medical hospitals are admitted to this level of care until they are stabilized. Once the patient has been stabilized, they step down to our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) program. We uphold flexibility for clients who struggle maintaining sobriety or who run into a crisis so they can be stepped up from the IOP to the PHP level if necessary.
Toward the tail-end of the recovery process, we begin to prepare our clients for successful management of life after treatment. Clients who complete their initial Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) phase are stepped down to the Outpatient Program (OP) level, where they continue to receive up to 9 hours per week of continued counseling and monitoring. Others in the Outpatient Program are those requiring ongoing physician management of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) or monthly injections of Sublocade or Vivitrol to help prevent relapse. For those with a mental health dual diagnosis, we implement continuing care from a psychiatrist or therapist. The client may also choose to commit to a long-term monitoring and drug testing program for best results and self-accountability.

Continuing Care

Our personal goal we set for all clients is continuous and long-term improvement in all walks of life. After discharge, we stay engaged with the client and periodically monitor their Recovery. Our alumni are welcomed back for occasional “tune-ups” when facing challenges and struggles, and we work to engage clients with various 12-Step Recovery groups. Clients are also encouraged to continue personal or family therapy, or make use of our tele-psychiatry services for more distance-challenged situations.

Setbacks and Relapse

The chronic and lifelong nature of addiction means that personal setbacks and difficult challenges can sometimes trigger a post-treatment relapse. Therefore, we want all our clients to know we remain welcoming for them and they never have to be ashamed to call us for help after a relapse. We assess each situation individually and admit returning patients to the most appropriate level of care either at our center, or if needed, to a brief inpatient stabilization before returning to us.

Insurance and Payment Options

If all of these in-depth treatment options have your wallet worried, and if your insurance does not cover treatment with us, we will still assist you to find your best available treatment options. We run a benefits analysis with your insurance company to confirm your coverage and out of pocket costs, and we document your company’s authorization to cover your treatment. Patients using cash or other benefits will have all of their costs explained to them up front.