First Step Home

First Step Home


Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, First Step Home provides residential and outpatient treatment and sober living options to new mothers and pregnant women seeking freedom from drug and alcohol addiction. Founded in 1993, the center exists to help “women break the cycle of addiction and abuse so that they can become self-sufficient and provide safe and nurturing environment for their children.”


Programming begins with an assessment process to help treatment staff develop an appropriate course of treatment. According to the center’s website, women typically complete the residential program in 45 days. Following their time in residential care, women progress into transitional living and continue receiving treatment in an outpatient setting.

Each week, program participants meet with their assigned counselor and attend 12-step meetings and group therapy, the latter of which helps women develop effective coping skills. For women with children under the age of 12, there’s an on-site childcare program that runs during groups and meetings. Women are joined with their children during lunch, every evening, and overnight.

The guiding principles for First Step Home are evidence based practices, a comprehensive recovery continuum, and services that are client-centered. Additional treatments offered here include medication-assisted treatment (MAT), trauma-informed services, parenting classes, nutrition education, addiction education, family support groups, in-home support for newborns, job placement assistance, and opportunities for peer mentorship.

The center also offers access to primary health care, mental health services, prenatal care, and pediatric and family health care.


There is currently no information provided by the center regarding its treatment staff. However, the two alumni surveyed by to date gave the center four- and five-star ratings for the staff’s level of training and experience.


According to its website, First Step Home has more than 60 beds in its residential program and sober living houses combined.


The two alumni surveyed by to date both reported having positive recovery experiences at First Step Home. Both women gave the center a perfect five stars when asked if they would recommend First Step Home to others, and high marks for the center’s visitors’ policy, family participation, counseling options, and co-occurring treatment.

“I love the facility bc they help with more than getting clean which we need bc recovery isn’t just about getting clean it’s about living life better in EVERY WAY,” wrote alum Sarah. Patty, the other reviewer, claimed that First Step gave her the “structure and discipline, [and] guided me in the right direction when I needed it.”

Also to date, 11 Google reviews collectively gave the center an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars, several of whom claimed that the center saved lives. “Saves lives! Good work First Step Home!” one wrote. “Love this place they saved my life most of the staff is amazing, another commented.”[1]


First Step Home accepts Medicaid for Ohio residents, and offers a sliding scale for other payment options.


Reviews about First Step Home

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  • Designed for women w/children and family. Transitional housing options. I was ready to get treatment by the time I got to First Step. Anyone can get treatment but if they are not open and willing to do whatever the facility requires, they won't succeed. First Step gave me structure and discipline, guided me in the right direction when I needed it.
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    They focus on more than just recovery. They also help you with job training, how to properly act at a job interview, provide clothing for interviews and teach u how to approach your criminal record at a interview. They also help put you on the path to having your own apartment. They help you achieve your ged also. They allow your children to live with you if they are under the age of 12 but if it's cold out , snowing or raining they don't help with transportation you have to walk and a lot of women have newborn babies also They have to take in the cold. I feel during cold weather they could give kids rides to school/daycare. I love the facility bc they help with more than getting clean which we need bc recovery isn't just about getting clean it's about living life better in EVERY WAY