1st Step Behavioral Health

1st Step Behavioral Health Pompano Beach Florida

1st Step Behavioral Health’s drug addiction treatment is committed to helping the individual, not just treating the addiction. Each person has their own story, their own unique history and experience with how and why addiction and mental health concerns became a problem. While various factors may play a common role in how addictive patterns effect behavior, it’s not realistic to expect there will be a singular method of treatment which will work for everyone.

At our alcohol and drug treatment center, programs and methods are customizable to suit the individual. Group, individual and family therapy and involvement will be a part of the care offered at 1st Step. However, none of our clients will be treated like a number in a group, and each will be given independent and thorough consults, assessments and feedback. What you can expect from 1st Step Behavioral Health is a highly personalized level of care which makes the distinction of having a significant and lasting impact in our client’s recovery.

ABOUT 1ST STEP BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Located in in South Florida’s Pompano Beach, 1st Step Behavioral Health offers a full-continuum of substance abuse treatment services for adults who are struggling substance abuse and co-occurring disroders. The facility offers inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP), outpatient treatment (OP), and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP). Additionally, sober living facilities are available as well as on-site detox.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to 1st Step Behavioral Health’s website, individuals in need of medical assistance begin their treatment in the facility’s detox unit, which often uses medication to help with withdrawal symptoms. The average length of stay in the detox unit is between seven to 14 days. Once stabilized, clients typically move to inpatient treatment.

Each client’s treatment plan is highly individualized and based on a comprehensive nursing assessment and evaluation, medical history, physical assessment, and initial psychiatric evaluation.

The treatment program follows evidence- based and 12-Step program methods. Programming includes a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, gender group therapy, family counseling, addiction education, life skills development, holistic therapy, and relapse prevention.

The Partial Hospitalization Program offers similar treatment and support as the inpatient treatment, but on a lower level of intensity. Additional therapy may include ego-modifying therapy, experiential therapy, rational emotive therapy, role playing, and therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Outpatient treatment and intensive outpatient treatment offer additional levels of step-down treatment.Sober living facilities are used in conjunction with partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

1st Step Behavioral Health’s website notes the treatment team includes registered nurses and nurse practitioners, licensed professional counselors (LPC), certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADC), licensed mental health counselors (LMHC), and licensed social workers (LSW). The center has a 1:1 staff-to-client ratio, and it is one of the 192 (26.8 percent) of Florida facilities that are Joint Commission Accredited.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

1st Step Behavioral Health’s website indicates th sober living facilities are available to all clients, including those enrolled in outpatient programs. Clients live in fully-furnished apartment-style accommodations equipped with semi-private bedrooms, small kitchens, and common areas. Amenities include an on-site swimming pool, outdoor seating areas, and gym access.

Patients participating in inpatient treatment can go to the gym five nights a week and have the option of chiropractic and massage therapy. The facility’s website indicates that transportation is available for 12-step meetings outside the facility, supervised grocery shopping, and for weekend fellowship activities.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The more than a hundred alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive commentary. Multiple alumni praised the center, and noting the treatment program and staff saved their life. The 35 alumni surveyed on different metrics provided high ratings when asked if they would recommend 1st Step Behavioral Health and for the staff’s experience.

Staff’s experience: 4.4/5
Would recommend: 4.5/5

“The staff in a whole are great people and genuinely care about the clients on a professional and personal level,” an alum wrote in a representative review. “I would highly suggest this treatment center to anyone.”

Alumni also praised other aspects including its leisure activities, and gave high ratings for family participation, cleanliness, and affordability.

Exercise & leisure: 4.2/5
Family participation: 4.2/5
Cleanliness: 4.4/5
Affordability: 4.2/3

“First Step saved my life and I would recommend this facility to anyone in need,” another alum wrote in a representative review.”

To date, the 142 people to leave reviews on its Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, gave an average of 4.8 out of five stars. [1]

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The more than 17 loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive reviews. Loved ones also rated the center high for almost all metrics, and mostly all indicated they would recommend 1st Step Behavioral Health.

Would recommend: 4.5/5

Loved ones also praised the center’s programming, counseling options, family participation, and exercise & leisure. “My daughter was in several and this is by far the best caring and effective facility,” a loved one wrote.

Counseling options: 4.5/5
Family participation: 4.7/5
Exercise & leisure: 4.6/5

WHAT STAFF SAY

The seven staffers polled by Best-rehabs.com to date provided mostly positive reviews, feedback, and most indicated they would recommend the 1st Step Behavioral Health.

Would recommend: 4.5/5
Staff’s experience: 4.5/5
Counseling Options: 4.5/5
Family participation: 4.7/5

“Our clients leave treatment with the knowledge that staff are here for them beyond the treatment experience,” a staffer wrote in a representative review.

FINANCING

According to 1st Step Behavioral Health’s website, it accepts most private insurance plans and is in-network with Aetna and MHNet. The facility also offers a sliding scale fee, placing it among the 62 percent of Florida facilities that offer one.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/1stepbehavioralhealthpompanobeach/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Reviews about 1st Step Behavioral Health

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  • All services were good.
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  • First Step Behavioral Health is an amazing treatment center. The owner is very unorthodox but most definitely shows results. The case managment team was great and helped me out with a lot of different issues. The staff in a whole are great people and genuinely care about the clients on a professional and personal level. I would highly suggest this treatment center to anyone.
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  • I came to First step my accident. I did not believe that I had a problem; all I needed was a way to cope with everyday life because drinking wasn’t working after 10+ years. I came thinking that I was better than everyone because “I didn’t do drugs”, “I wasn’t homeless”, “I hadn’t lost everything”, anything that made me better than people who “needed” treatment. In my head, I didn’t need treatment 2 fifths and a pint of alcohol a day was child’s play. But the staff and clients at First Step broke me down, open and apart. I didn’t know what hit me but I not only needed it but I wound up loving it. This was my first treatment and I satayed for 5 months because it had to be my last. I committed to myself, my family, and first step, to stay for 30 day. Boy, that was a joke! But 6 months later I am clean! I am clear headed and gained some new family and awesome friends. It’s worth every hard minute. It won’t be easy but it will worth it! I am living proof!
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  • Stay here has been much better than most other faciliities I have stayed with..
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  • I'm very thankful that I found 1st Step, the staff and groups have been amazing. I've met people from all over that I feel very comfortable with. I would definitely recommend it to a loved one
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  • this place is awesome! they really pushed me to get my life together and now i know how to be a mother again. love this place
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  • 1st Step is an amazing family to be a part of. They are very passionate about what they do here, and I know they're one of a kind. I've been to other treatment facilities in the past, and their approaches were nothing to that of 1st Step. I feel blessed to have been a client here, and even more blessed that I'm still clean and still have a safe place to go whenever I need to talk. Their doors are always open.
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  • I feel like this is a very effective treatment center.
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  • First Step saved my life and I would recommend this facility to anyone in need.
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  • Amazing program !! Helped me get my life back on track !!
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  • First step was very caring and effective. They made me feel comfortable the entire time.
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  • The staff have been nothing but supportive and although scary and uncomfortable for me at times, a great approach to start the healing process. I appreciate the science perspective behind this disease and the staff mostly being addicts themselves, can relate to my situation.
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  • I love the alumni meeting. They are very educational and helpful to addicts of all kind. With this close reliable family i have hope and they need to succeed in my recovery.
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  • 1st step really cares about the clients
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  • 1st Step is completely different than other treatment centers I have heard about. The staff here truly supports the clients in any needs they have to make them feel at home and comfortable. Being at 1st Step allows me to safe, secure, and have a sound peace of mind about my path of recovery going forward. This is a blessing and 1st Step is ensuring my success.
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  • I came into treatment here with an attitude fueled by rage and isolation. I am currently 30 days into treatment and have already turned pages about my perspective on life and learned many issues I have deep down about myself that I didn't even realize I was repressing all this time. This is the first time, in a long time, that I have motivation and determination to accept where I am in life and change it for the better from here on out. Thank you First Step.
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  • i enjoyed all my meetings. i learned so much from everyone and it made me so much stronger and i am so thankful for first step.
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  • First step is a pretty good place, its a bit different than your traditional rehab, but in a good way. The staff is great, as well as the community.
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  • anyone that goes through this program, please dont lose hope, take it day by day and you will succeed
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  • Best program that i ever been to. Everyone that works there actually cares specially the owner.
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  • my experience with first step has been beyond what i could have ever imagined. I have been to one other treatment facility and immediately i could feel the difference. What makes first step different from other treatment facilities is that the staff cares so much about the clients, i immediately felt loved and apart of something bigger than myself. I felt supported and safe. Safety is so important to become vulnerable and talk about traumas and find the core reasons why i used. I would recommend first step to my family and closet friends because i trust them.
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  • I love it here! It saved my life and people really do care here.
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  • First step has completely changed my outlook on addiction and helped me to understand I have a disease and need help I'm so grateful to be at this treatment and pray it's my last.
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  • This treatment center is my first and it will hopefully be my last, the staff here are great. They care for their clients and do what needs to be done.
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  • Definitely a life changing experience by far the best treatment center that I have been to. All Staff including the techs are very involved and they actually care. My clinician was able to pin point things that i had no clue about , help me process them and let go of the guilt and shame. Thank You "1st Step" for doing for me what i could not do for myself.
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  • Been in 1st step 40 days they have helped my life dramatically i already feel like a different person.
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  • Very caring community with a mission to make everyone who comes into treatment better. It's a one of a kind place.
    First Step changed my life & saved my life. I've been to multiple treatment centers, and i can honestly say that I wouldn't go anywhere else for help. The owner & other staff members really care, and we truly are like a family.
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  • i think that this facility does a good job watching and being aware of the client needs.They don't pressure the client. I really appreciate this facility.
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  • Treatment was effective with mood disorder.
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  • Great first treatment, Very clean, staff is very helpful and friendly
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  • Without this place I know for a fact I wouldn't be alive today. How much the staff cares about you really teaches you to love yourself. I am forever grateful for 1st Step and all the staff here
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  • First Step Behavioral Health is like no other rehabilitation center around. An intense program that cares for your psychological, physical, mental and spiritual healing. The staff and patients become one tight community that feels like a family. It is here at First Step where you can learn strategies and tools to take back into the real world to ensure your path to recovery.
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  • very nice nice facility with a kind and caring staff
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  • The staff is amazing here :)
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  • They really care here. The owner of the place holds groups and works with you in many different ways. He does what he needs too to help you get make to where you need to be. The staff as well care and help you any way they can.
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  • Im thankful to be clean..
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  • Being on a scholarship, I am forever grateful to be at 1st Step. After attending several facilities over the past 7yrs, I have a vast amount of experience with treatment centers. I would truly recommend 1st Step to anyone who is serious about their recovery, or wants long term sobriety/clean time. Everyone here truly cares, from the owner to the technicians. Not only do they know your name and story, but they put themselves on the line for your recovery, even when you can't do so yourself. Their strategies may be a little unique, but if you are an addict like me it may be exactly what you need.
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  • this is a amazing place it literally my life i am so greatful for them
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  • 1st Step Truly cares and has been the best treatment by far!
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  • 1st step was my first experience to recovery/ rehab when I was 18 years old. They really really set the tone for the rest of my journey. 1st step meets everyone where they are at. They are super knowledgeable with not only the 12 step approach to recovery, but also the scientific side of how addiction effects your brain, which is something I could connect with. Although I didn't stay sober following my completion, the things I've learned and experiences I had will be with me forever. First step forced me to become self aware and planted that seed in my head. I am so thankful for the CEO, and my clinician who were both amazing, even if I didn't always see the method to their madness at the time. I am also eternally grateful for the continued help for me at my worst moments numerous times, and a year ago, when I was finally willing to accept the help. I would recommend this rehab to anyone I care about.
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  • First let start off by saying, I am an alumnus of First Step. I see some negative reviews, and if you are now second guessing this rehab, guess again. I could go into detail on why I think you should go to First Step (and I will), but simply put: "First Step is where you go, if you want to stay sober." You are not just a number there. There is genuine love for each and every patient. You become a part of a family. As addicts, we let fear run our lives. First Step showed me how to let love in, and rule my own life. First step is not one of those "insurance fraud" rehabs either, regardless of what these other reviews say. These are made by people who would rather fantasize about getting high, and cannot handle someone authentically trying to help them. If you don't believe, just give them a call yourself. You will learn very quickly, this is not a place who takes insurance and then throws you on the street. What do you have to lose? Watch, you will remember review, and you will almost instantly see I was right. Put in your work, and you will stay clean. I am so proud to be an alumnus of First Step.
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  • Hands down the greatest rehab facility i have ever seen and had the honor on being apart of. i hope everyone gets the opportunity to get the recovery they deserve here. god bless!!!
    1st Step Behavioral Health is amazing. They have saved my life more than once.The clinical staff care more than anybody I've met before. I highly reccomend this place if you want help getting clean.
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  • This is the best treatment center in south Florida. Everyone from the owner, to the therapists, and most of the technicians, truely care about your well being. They focus not only on your addiction, but also address trauma, and behaviors you may not even notice that keep you in your addiction. Its a very structured program and i would recommend it to anyone whos seeking help, thank you first step!
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