A First Place was founded in 1992 in Kelso, Washington. Kelso is a small city located in the I-5 corridor about halfway between Olympia and Portland, Oregon. For nearly 25 years, A First Place has offered outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for adults struggling with substance abuse. Utilizing an eclectic treatment model, it emphasizes whole-person recovery; incorporating 12-step programs, individual, group and family therapy, as well as education.
Treatment and Staff
Before treatment begins, perspective clients go through an initial assessment that helps the staff develop individualized treatment plans. Most start in the IOP, an appropriate level for clients leaving a residential program or who don’t need the structure of 24-hour care. Those in need of a more intensive program are referred to a local inpatient facility.
The IOP consists of individual and group therapy for nine hours a week for a minimum of eight weeks. Treatment is comprised of one hour of education and two hours of group per session. After completion of this program, clients typically step down to the standard outpatient track, which is two to six hours of education and group a week.
Therapy employs evidence-based practices, such as CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). All clients are also required to attend regular off-site AA/NA meetings as part of their recovery plan. Family therapy may also be integrated into any of the programs. For clients requiring dual diagnosis support, referrals for outside psychological support and medication management are available.
The team at A First Place consists of Master’s-level counselors and a CSW, as well as administrative support staff.
Aftercare consists of one hour a week of group until recovery goals are achieved.
Overall, A First Place is a program specifically designed to offer flexibility to accommodate other commitments, like school and work. With evidence-based treatment and 12-step integration, A First Place is a valuable resource for those in the area.
A First Place
309 Oak St
Kelso, WA 98626
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