First Step Recovery (Nebraska)
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Founded in 1991, First Step Recovery offers outpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, gambling addiction and Internet addiction. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the addiction programs treat both adolescents and adults, using evidence-based practices instead of the 12 steps. Treatment for dual diagnosis is also offered.

Treatment and Staff

The first step in treatment is an intake assessment. Typically, it is scheduled within 24 hours of calling the facility. The assessment takes a detailed look at the client’s history of addiction and, from there, an individualized treatment plan is formulated.

Most clients participate in individual and group therapy. Treatment at First Step includes CBT and other solution-focused methods, including the CHANGE model. The main goal of therapy at First Step is to change attitudes and behaviors to end addictive patterns.

Medication-assistance is offered for those who need help withdrawing from substances. Clients can be under their own physician’s care or, if they don’t have a physician, can be monitored by a physician at First Step. Medications like Suboxone or Vivitrol are prescribed. The length of medication treatment depends on the using patterns of each client.

The adolescent outpatient program is designed for clients who are having problems with drug and alcohol but are not chemically dependent on substances. Clients meets once a week, for three-hour sessions. The total length of this program is 26 weeks.

The adolescent IOP is designed for clients who are chemically dependent and need a high level of care. There are three phases in this program. The first phase meets four times a week for six weeks, with each session lasting two hours. The second phase meets twice a week for six weeks. The last phase, which is considered aftercare, lasts 10 weeks, with clients meeting once a week.

The adult outpatient therapy program starts with a pre-treatment program, which includes mostly Motivational Interviewing (MI). After this period, clients who choose to enroll in the standard outpatient program meet for 16 weeks once a week for three-hour sessions. These sessions are held either in the mornings or evenings.

The first stage of adult IOP treatment for drug and alcohol abuse meets three times a week for three-hour sessions for six weeks. The second phase meets once a week for three hours for 12 to 16 weeks.

For those struggling with eating disorders, gambling or Internet addiction, individual and group counseling sessions are offered with specialized clinicians.

First Step accepts insurance, as well as Medicaid. Self-pay can be financed for those who cannot pay all of the fees upfront, and a sliding scale is also offered.

The staff includes three licensed psychologists, a consulting psychiatrist, two advanced psychiatric nurse practitioners, eight practicing mental health practitioners, four dual-credentialed mental health and substance abuse practitioners, two LADCs and a registered nurse.


Family programming is available and staff believe it’s imperative that family members play a role in clients’ treatment in group or individual therapy sessions.

Aftercare is available at no cost for the adult outpatient and IOP programs. Groups meet once a week for an hour to an hour-and-a-half.

In Summary

For those looking for outpatient treatment for substance abuse and other addictive behavior that uses evidence-based practices, First Step may be a good pick. With different levels of treatment, clients can choose a program that best suits their needs and, with complimentary aftercare and hands-on staff, long-term sobriety is attainable.

First Step Recovery (Nebraska) Location

First Step Recovery
300 S 68th St Place, Ste 500
Lincoln, NE 68510

First Step Recovery Cost

Sliding scale (30 days). Reach First Step Recovery by phone at (402) 434-2730. Find First Step Recovery on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

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