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A Step in the Right Direction was founded in 2000 in Northridge, California. This substance abuse treatment center provides a plethora of outpatient services for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and also assists those with co-occurring disorders, as well as clients with eating disorders and co-dependency issues. Their gender-specific sober living houses are located in close proximity and many of their residents attend outpatient treatment.

Treatment and Staff

Before beginning treatment, clients undergo a complete assessment and receive individualized treatment plans. A Step in the Right Direction provides ambulatory detox that includes medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone and other similar medications for alcohol and opiate withdrawal.

On a weekly basis, the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a 30-hour time commitment and the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is 15 hours. The PHP and IOP both consist of group and individual therapy, life skills workshops and chemical addiction education. Individual therapy is scheduled based on the client’s needs. Attendance at 12-step meetings is also incorporated during treatment. Clients seeking a non-12-step-based approach are encouraged to attend SMART Recovery or other recovery support groups. There are day and evening tracks available Mondays through Fridays, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from six pm to nine pm. Psychiatric consultations are scheduled per client’s needs. Medication management is available for those with co-occurring disorders.

Group topics include anger management, anxiety, behavioral issues, codependency, coping skills, drug abuse, grief, relapse prevention and peer relationships. Groups are both co-ed and gender-specific. Sessions usually range between five and eight clients. There are two groups scheduled per session, and they take place in separate rooms with brand new tiled floors.

A Step in the Right Direction utilizes a diverse number of evidence-based modalities, including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR, experiential therapyneurofeedback, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which is used to help clients who suffer from repeated bouts of depression. Additionally, the 12-step based model, as well as multi-cultural, psychodynamic and somatic approaches are used during treatment. Somatic therapy (“soma” in Greek means the body) uses a holistic approach to treat clients with trauma.

There are 15 members on staff, including a licensed psychiatrist who specializes in addiction, a Doctorate-level clinical psychologist, Master’s-level therapists and psychologists. Qualified clients residing at one of the sober living homes are eligible for partial scholarships that cover treatment costs. Some clients qualify for a sliding fee scale.


The experiential modality employs art therapy and other means of creative self-expression. This form of therapy helps clients get in touch with their inner feelings. Clients also participate in meditation groups, which are lead by staff from the Agape church or from a nearby spiritual organization.

At A Step in the Right Direction, the family program includes an educational approach that covers the disease of addiction. Multi-family group therapy is provided. Additionally, families are introduced to 12-step meetings and other recovery support groups.

In Summary

A Step in the Right Direction has an experienced staff with excellent credentials. Their belief is that addiction and co-occurring disorders go hand in hand. With that in mind, recovering alcoholics and addicts in need of dual diagnosis support, as well as those with trauma and eating disorders will find this to be great choice for treatment.

A Step in the Right Direction Location

A Step in the Right Direction
9535 Reseda Boulevard Suite 300
Northridge, CA 91324

A Step in the Right Direction Cost

$2,500-$6,000 (30 days). Reach A Step in the Right Direction by phone at (855) 975-HELP (4357). Find A Step in the Right Direction at Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube

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