First Step Recovery Centers is a non-profit organization located in Memphis, Tennessee. This outpatient facility is in the heart of midtown Memphis, near downtown medical facilities including the VA Hospital and the Memphis Mental Health Institute. First Step Recovery Centers is easily accessible by public transportation and offers dual diagnosis support and individualized treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Treatment and Staff
First Step Recovery Centers has a standard outpatient program, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), DUI courses, psycho-educational classes, individual therapy and a partnership with local sober living facilities. Prior to admittance, all clients are screened with a comprehensive assessment by intake counselors. Clinical staff then determine the primary concern of each individual and assess the acuity of their needs. Since First Step Recovery Centers does not offer detox, clients in need of medically supervised detox are referred to an outside trusted facility.
Treatment in the standard outpatient program is group therapy using evidence-based treatment. All clients attend one-hour groups one to two times per week depending on their progress through the program. First Step Recovery Centers works to provide an empathetic arena for clients to process their emotions and behavioral choices with both staff and their peers. If a potential client prefers to not attend groups, they may choose to instead only attend one-hour individual sessions with their primary counselor.
The IOP provides support and care for individuals with both chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Three times per week, clients attend three-hour sessions that incorporate educational courses and group sessions. Groups are scheduled Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm and alternately on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm and 4 to 7 pm. Individual therapy sessions are also scheduled. As a client progresses through treatment, they may reduce their hours of treatment as they approach discharge.
All groups and educational programs are facilitated by CADCs.
Following completion of treatment, clients in need of housing may benefit from First Step Recovery Centers’ partnership with Mid South Sober Living.
DUI clients attend the Alcohol and Drug Safety School that is certified by the State of Tennessee. The program is 12-hours and designed to provide basic knowledge and evidence of the effects of drug and alcohol on the human body. Completion of the program and attendance of 12-step meetings will make the client eligible for reinstatement of driving privileges.
First Step Recovery Centers provides outpatient services for men and women with chemical dependency as well as co-occurring disorders in a convenient urban location. With a range of tracks including standard outpatient, an IOP, DUI courses and individual counseling, those seeking traditional therapeutic methods and a sober community will likely find First Step Recovery Centers a solid choice.
First Step Recovery Centers
1950 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
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