1st Step Behavioral Health

4.6 (147 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
3685 North Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
9549086322 Visit Website

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  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

1st Step Behavioral Health’s drug addiction treatment is committed to helping the individual, not just treating the addiction. Each person has their own story, their own unique history and experience with how and why addiction and mental health concerns became a problem. While various factors may play a common role in how addictive patterns effect behavior, it’s not realistic to expect there will be a singular method of treatment which will work for everyone. At our alcohol and drug treatment center, programs and methods are customizable to suit the individual. Group, individual and family therapy and involvement will be a part of the care offered at 1st Step. However, none of our clients will be treated like a number in a group, and each will be given independent and thorough consults, assessments and feedback. What you can expect from 1st Step Behavioral Health is a highly personalized level of care which makes the distinction of having a significant and lasting impact in our client’s recovery.

1st Step Behavioral Health Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Rgk

All services were good.

Teddy

First Step Behavioral Health is an amazing treatment center. The owner is very unorthodox but most definitely shows results. The case managment team was great and helped me out with a lot of different...

ERHS

I came to First step my accident. I did not believe that I had a problem; all I needed was a way to cope with everyday life because drinking wasn’t working after 10+ years. I came thinking that I wa...

David

Stay here has been much better than most other faciliities I have stayed with..

CF

I'm very thankful that I found 1st Step, the staff and groups have been amazing. I've met people from all over that I feel very comfortable with. I would definitely recommend it to a loved one

Benzo

this place is awesome! they really pushed me to get my life together and now i know how to be a mother again. love this place

Nicole

1st Step is an amazing family to be a part of. They are very passionate about what they do here, and I know they're one of a kind. I've been to other treatment facilities in the past, and their approa...

Mariah

I feel like this is a very effective treatment center.

Lisa

First Step saved my life and I would recommend this facility to anyone in need.

Tara

Amazing program !! Helped me get my life back on track !!

Nick

First step was very caring and effective. They made me feel comfortable the entire time.

Kelly

The staff have been nothing but supportive and although scary and uncomfortable for me at times, a great approach to start the healing process. I appreciate the science perspective behind this disease...

Simfane

I love the alumni meeting. They are very educational and helpful to addicts of all kind. With this close reliable family i have hope and they need to succeed in my recovery.

M.y

1st step really cares about the clients

Patrick

1st Step is completely different than other treatment centers I have heard about. The staff here truly supports the clients in any needs they have to make them feel at home and comfortable. Being at 1...

CBC

I came into treatment here with an attitude fueled by rage and isolation. I am currently 30 days into treatment and have already turned pages about my perspective on life and learned many issues I hav...

Tyrone

i enjoyed all my meetings. i learned so much from everyone and it made me so much stronger and i am so thankful for first step.

J

First step is a pretty good place, its a bit different than your traditional rehab, but in a good way. The staff is great, as well as the community.

No Limit

anyone that goes through this program, please dont lose hope, take it day by day and you will succeed

Ryan

Best program that i ever been to. Everyone that works there actually cares specially the owner.

Kayla

my experience with first step has been beyond what i could have ever imagined. I have been to one other treatment facility and immediately i could feel the difference. What makes first step different ...

MC

I love it here! It saved my life and people really do care here.

Gi

First step has completely changed my outlook on addiction and helped me to understand I have a disease and need help I'm so grateful to be at this treatment and pray it's my last.

KP

This treatment center is my first and it will hopefully be my last, the staff here are great. They care for their clients and do what needs to be done.

Jaynel

Definitely a life changing experience by far the best treatment center that I have been to. All Staff including the techs are very involved and they actually care. My clinician was able to pin point t...

Tyler

Been in 1st step 40 days they have helped my life dramatically i already feel like a different person.

David

Very caring community with a mission to make everyone who comes into treatment better. It's a one of a kind place.

Peyton

First Step changed my life & saved my life. I've been to multiple treatment centers, and i can honestly say that I wouldn't go anywhere else for help. The owner & other staff members really care, and ...

Larry

i think that this facility does a good job watching and being aware of the client needs.They don't pressure the client. I really appreciate this facility.

JJ

Treatment was effective with mood disorder.

NG

Great first treatment, Very clean, staff is very helpful and friendly

Daniel

Without this place I know for a fact I wouldn't be alive today. How much the staff cares about you really teaches you to love yourself. I am forever grateful for 1st Step and all the staff here

S.B.

First Step Behavioral Health is like no other rehabilitation center around. An intense program that cares for your psychological, physical, mental and spiritual healing. The staff and patients become ...

Cory

very nice nice facility with a kind and caring staff

Anonymous

The staff is amazing here :)

Callie

They really care here. The owner of the place holds groups and works with you in many different ways. He does what he needs too to help you get make to where you need to be. The staff as well care and...

JPS

Im thankful to be clean..

Mikey

Being on a scholarship, I am forever grateful to be at 1st Step. After attending several facilities over the past 7yrs, I have a vast amount of experience with treatment centers. I would truly recomme...

DG

this is a amazing place it literally my life i am so greatful for them

KL

1st Step Truly cares and has been the best treatment by far!

J.R.

NICE EXPERIENCE

KP

1st step was my first experience to recovery/ rehab when I was 18 years old. They really really set the tone for the rest of my journey. 1st step meets everyone where they are at. They are super knowl...

JT

First let start off by saying, I am an alumnus of First Step. I see some negative reviews, and if you are now second guessing this rehab, guess again. I could go into detail on why I think you should ...

Myles

Hands down the greatest rehab facility i have ever seen and had the honor on being apart of. i hope everyone gets the opportunity to get the recovery they deserve here. god bless!!!

JB

1st Step Behavioral Health is amazing. They have saved my life more than once.The clinical staff care more than anybody I've met before. I highly reccomend this place if you want help getting clean.

Michael

This is the best treatment center in south Florida. Everyone from the owner, to the therapists, and most of the technicians, truely care about your well being. They focus not only on your addiction, b...

A.L

Great staff who understand the recovery process, super clean My third 3 detox facility & ranked #1

Marcos

this is the real deal, if you have any doubts, dont doubt 1st step. We all have to take steps in life in order to get where we need to be, please let 1st step recovery be yours.

JK

The staff here is awesome. They are very accomadating, they listen and help whenever and wherever they can.

Braydon

good nutrition,good meetings

JW

This facility is one the worst I’ve ever seen in my life. They do use the military style of breaking you down and build you back up. I’m no genius but to do that to somebody who already has low se...

VP

Very unprofessional staff with that violate boundaries with clients. Disorganized and chaotic. Unethical practices where the company is more concerned about collecting money than providing quality tre...

JA

DO NOT SEND YOUR LOVED ONE HERE. IT MAY AS WELL BE JAIL. TREATMENT IS ALMOST NON- EXISTENT. THIS PLACE IS A BAD JOKE.

Q

While I feel that I didn\'t get as much value from the program than I could, the most positive aspect of my experience was interactions with the clinician; I honestly cannot articulate the effort m...

Steve

Everyone at first step truly cares, they have saved my loved ones life. I highly recommend them to anyone needing and wanting to get better.

MR

So, what is there to say about this place. I am what First Step would call \"a pro\" and have attended numerous treatment centers over the course of the years. I have grown to develop a certain level ...

CN

Extremely caring and friendly staff willing to help you in anyway possible. This treatment center is like no other.

Amanda

They are able to tailor their clinical treatment to accomadate and meet the needs of a variety of people They could use a few more creativ outlets for people which they are working on I am so foreve...

Leanna

Everyone is great there . They don't co sign anything . They make you see the reality of this disease . Great inpatient and After care program . Best of the best

CC

Amazing clinicians, CEO runs group, understanding, helps you out with everything possible None 1st step saved my life. I was nothing and going no where. 1st step got deep down into the problem helped ...

EN

Program Effectiveness, Well-trained staff, Top amenities. Because of insurance reasons, no facility would take me. I got in touch with the staff at 1st Step Behavioral Heath who was willing to give me...

AM

The staff interaction with clients is unlike any other place. They genuinely care about your well being and about you succeeding. They're always there to go back to. They're very well structured. They...

BB

They get to the bottom of your co occurring issues and build you back up.

KM

Amazing staff members who never give up hope in clients and who actually care from the bottom of their hearts, best group therapy I have ever seen in treatment centers, comfortable living environment,...

Bryan

Their staff is second to none from BHTs up to the CEO. The staff know each of the clients and their individual needs. Focus Lack of outside meetings. If you want to get quality treatment and be care...

SB

The staff caring. My daughter was in several and this is by far the best caring and effective facility.

DP

Caring well trained Staff Promotes interactivity with other patients Provides knowledge about the disease Both group and one on one sessions Supervised outside meetings, gym, church... Apartment ...

BH

The staff at First Step Behavioral Health truly cares about each and every clients sobriety. They go above and beyond for their clients. It would be nice if facility offered yoga or guided meditation...

RV

Very professional and takes a different approach to get to the root of your issues! Your pretty much in TREATMENT group 8hrs out of a 9hr day..! Very repetitive as well! Overall great facility if you...

Nathan

the owner and staff really care and it shows. they are all heavily involved in everyone's individual treatment plan and aftercare treatment plan. I flew down from PA and was placed in this treatment c...

MC

How involved the counsellors are with the clients . This is an amazing treatment center . The counsellors and the wonder actually care about each and every client . They break you down by making you t...

Anonymous

Ability to deal with the hard core issues of the clients Age difference focus. And also DOC focus. Separate the men and women.

PG

What kind of narcissistic man posts a larger than Life picture of himself on the first page of a substance Treatment facility website ? This man, that\'s who ! Don\'t waste your valuable time and m...

Tyler

Everything about it very loving caring peoole. I've been to several facility's and this is the best treatment center I ever been to its not a place that you can push over and think your going to skate...

Clara

Amazing clinicians, CEO runs group, understanding, helps you out with everything possible. 1st step saved my life. I was nothing and going no where. 1st step got deep down into the problem helped me f...

A T

This facility did everything to make my spouses admission an easy process.

L G

Everyone is great there. They don't co sign anything . They make you see the reality of this disease. Great inpatient and After care program . Best of the best

B H

The staff at First Step Behavioral Health truly cares about each and every clients sobriety. They go above and beyond for their clients. It would be nice if facility offered yoga or guided meditation...

M C

How involved the counsellors are with the clients. This is an amazing treatment center. The counsellors and the wonder actually care about each and every client. They break you down by making you talk...

Brian

Their staff is second to none from BHTs up to the CEO. The staff know each of the clients and their individual needs. Focus Lack of outside meetings. If you want to get quality treatment and be cared...

Kelly

Amazing staff members who never give up hope in clients and who actually care from the bottom of their hearts, best group therapy. I have ever seen in treatment centers, comfortable living environment...

Brennan

They get to the bottom of your co occurring issues and build you back up.

Stan

Ability to deal with the hard core issues of the clients. Age difference focus. And also DOC focus. Separate the men and women.

Amanda

They are able to tailor their clinical treatment to accomadate and meet the needs of a variety of people. They could use a few more creativ outlets for people which they are working on. I am so foreve...

Kevin

Very rigorous counseling sessions A few decent counselor Very good behavioral health technicians. Owner is inappropriate and makes abusive comments about people's charector during sessions. The cou...

S B

The staff caring. My daughter was in several and this is by far the best caring and effective facility.

R V

Very professional and takes a different approach to get to the root of your issues! Too long of a day during the week. Your pretty much in TREATMENT group 8hrs out of a 9hr day. Very repetitive as wel...

Dave

Caring well trained Staff, Promotes interactivity with other patients. Provides knowledge about the disease. Both group and one on one sessions Supervised outside meetings, gym, church. Apartment sty...

C N

Extremely caring and friendly staff willing to help you in anyway possible. This treatment center is like no other.

A M

The staff interaction with clients is unlike any other place. They genuinely care about your well being and about you succeeding. They're always there to go back to. They're very well structured. They...

Erica

Strengths: Program Effectiveness, Well-trained staff, Top amenities. I found myself locked up again. I made a decison to go to treatment rather than jail. My insurance company would not cover my 28 da...

J A

Clinical staff is excellent with clients. Residences are clean and well maintained. Too much free time. Great treatment center to be a part of.

Anonymous

Good program,

Anonymous

Good facility, need more faith based activities.

L H J

COMPASIONATE UNKOWLEDGABLE CLINICAL STAFF BUT NO ART/MUSIC THERAPY, FSBH AND GUS SAVED MY LIFE!

Patrick

12 step based program, therapy. Activities can be improved. I went to the program nine months ago. It was a good facility. They don't coddle the person and treat them as adults. The work I did in ther...

Anonymous

Good facility with good accommodations

JJJ

caring for clients, enough punishments. if you need that push of reality then you should be here. its not a joke life is serious

Ana

CEO is actively involved in program's affairs, most notably the welfare and quality of life of each client. - Staff give their heart and soul to their work w/ clients (and geniunely want to see them ...

Tom

They actually care about saving lives not money. This place changed my life. I was a chronic relapser with multiple facilities. They open their arms to me like family. The structure which i received ...

Daniel

Getting to the source of the problem, utilization of the 12-step approach, excellent therapists and owner. Facilities aren't glamorous but it's simply non-essential in my opinion. This place saved my ...

J C

Staff, housing, extracurricular activities, This place does the job right

Anonymous

Overall a good program, if anything should improve the holistic offering.

Karen

No nonsense approach to saving lives. This facility without a doubt saved my sons life. He had been to others before this one and relapsed every time. This one really hit home for him and I am so tha...

M J S

Personalized treatment, Outstanding staff goes above and beyond what is required.

S B

Caring, doesn't make false promises, true to their word, compassionate, clinicians are smart, well trained, and are true advocates to their clients. This facility was amazing. This facility really car...

Kevin

-Well-trained and beyond caring staff -Individualized and thorough treatment methods; CEO and founder is integral part of group therapy sessions; chronic relapsers are welcomed back out of extreme ca...

C N

People that actually care. Owner runs groups. Sholarshipped me 3 times. Place is a miracle. This is the best rehabilitation facility in florida. Possibly the nation. If you honestly want help. And ...

Shawn

No Matter what they share their love and support... The facility never gives up on one person... Its and strength and a weakness...They showed me the meaning of true GRACE.... Kept me in full treatme...

B P

They really care about the patients, the counsellors there are awesome. They do anything to help even if that means giving somebody a scholarship to save there life. you don't have a long lunch break...

C R G

Relapse Prevention, Co-occuring disorders, Family atmosphere, No beach access. This program has helped multiple family members that are both still sober today. One for over 5 years... They really brin...

G F

The caring staff is surpassed by none as they treat you like family and have your best interest at heart. Not only do they educate you about addiction, they give you the tools to live a normal life wi...

M F

Good Relationship with Clients and Alumni. Need more Organization. They are good, with a little kinks. They have potential to be better.

Ed

The staff really cares and wants to see their clients recover

Sandra

Caring and compassionate, First Step treatment center is without a doubt one of the best in the country. I've had friends and acquaintances from up north coming to the Center for help. I've seen peopl...

Kathy

The Treatment Center saved my daughter's life. The staff was great, they truly cared about her well-being and helped her get better. They did everything in their power to help her and gave me my daugh...

Susi

The staff genuinely care about clients. limited wheelchair access. Our clients leave treatment with the knowledge that staff are here for them beyond the treatment experience.

J B

Family aspect, individualized treatment, psychoeducation groups, quality case management, Client centered treatment facility, very family oriented, scholarships offered, no client turned away. Full se...

M W

The primary strength of 1st Step Behavioral Health is assuredly the level of attentiveness and dedication of the staff. Unlike many agencies that I am familiar with, the staff at 1st Step takes an inv...

Anonymous

Program Effectiveness, Aftercare/Alumni Programs, Very Caring Supporting Staff, Access to LA Fitness, Weekly Activites, Nutrition Education, HIV/STI Testing

Steven

Provides excellent group as well as 1 on 1 counseling, passionate staff, provides the tools to help build a sober lifestyle, I got sober here almost two years ago, they saved my life, they have an alu...

A S

Dedicated, therapeutic, loving but Sometimes too caring. Quality of TX is 2nd to none.

M E J

Great team work. Positive staff. Communication. It has most of what a person seeking help needs

Junior

Following up with clients was good but communication needs improvement. They really go the extra mile in helping individuals to getting their lives back in order.

Rodney

Education, there method in dealing and knowing how to deal with an right off the street addict. from an addict detoxing during the 1st 3-4 weeksI would have to say from my espirance and the close fri...

S C

They treatment they provide for all members and family members. Everyone was friendly and provided a great experience.

Kim

Counselors experience, Support of staff. Introduction to 12 step program Emphasis on overall wellness. The counselors and staff care, they care about helping people get well and stay well. You know t...

Alexa

Positive program, My loved one attended this facility for her addictions. After the treatment and guidance she recieved from 1st Step she returned as the person I had always looked up to while growing...

JW

Great place to work where we provide hope to all of our clients

DG

This place saved my life. Gus and his staff are amazing.

Kait

I had an extremely positive expirence attending this treatment center. The staff is very caring and remains available after you have left. The owner is even involved with the clients himself. Myself ...

MS

First step is an amazing place! iv\'e been through several different treatment centers and first step is by far the most loving, well run, and effective place. First step played a huge role in saving ...

Karen

First step saved my sons life thus saving mine as well. The intense no nonsense treatment really turned him around. As well as a full year in halfway house. He had tried and failed at other rehabs ...

Steve

1st step behavioral health saved my life. The staff there are the most compassionate, caring professionals I have ever met. Almost 2 years after completing their program, they\'re still in my life, an...

JC

Very strong, effective program. Making this review 2 years since I was a client at the facility, I am proud to say that they have set a solid foundation for the free life that I now get to share with ...

CK

It was a great place to build a foundation of my recovery. The residences were brand new and comfortable. The groups and treatment were far better than any other place i have ever been to.

Brian

The program at first step is based on tough love not tender love, the first two to three weeks clients are usually in shock due to the extreme intensiveness of the program, people that stay benefit pe...

Greg

It was a great place. It's way better than any other equally priced facility I've heard about.

Anonymous

I did not attend, one of my family members did. Halfway housing afterward helps clients get on their feet in the real world.

Anonymous

Staff experience was very positive. There is a high recovery stabilization rate. However, logistics were a downfall.

SP

Only rehab I have been to but would recommend it to anyone. Straight forward no bullshit from some very caring people. Great counselors.

Anonymous

I was there for 72 days and a great time learned a lot kept clean also I felt like I was at home. They offer good support, they care and the owner is there everyday teaching. Most other owners don't c...

Jim

It was a great mix of ages and young made older folks get humble. IOP with one on one sessions was my aftercare treatment.

DR

They only show the detox facilities in the pictures which is much nicer than the actual treatment center. Over a year later I'm still sober.

Donna

I HAD BEEN TO OTHER PROGRAMS PREVIOUS TO 1ST STEP. THIS TREATMENT CENTER IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER THE STAFF TRULY CARES ABOUT EACH AND EVERY CLIENT. SUCH A SENSE OF FAMILY. THE MAJORITY OF THE STAFF IS IN ...

Anonymous

This facility displayed the toughest love... I truly believe that they saved my son's life between his treatment there and the wonderful half way house they placed him in. He lived there for an additi...

Anonymous

Exceptional


Areas of Focus
Aftercare Support

Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Family Program

Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Key Staff Members
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    Augustine Crocco, LCSW - CEO

    Gus formed 1st Step Behavioral Health on the concept of providing a full continuum of care. We pride ourselves on having achieved the goal of becoming one of the few accredited care facilities that determines their client’s discharge date based upon clinical assessment rather than financial resources. Our goals extend beyond the client’s enrollment in our program as we continue to provide support and encouragement well beyond discharge.

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    Naz Andekian - COO

    Naz Andekian Joined 1st Step in 2014 as Director of Program Development. After working 4 years as director of admissions in steps to recovery, Naz brought his expertise and knowledge to First Step Behavioral Health. Naz was a client in 2010 and says he knew this place had the ability to save and change many lives. “I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to work for the very place that saved my life, and now work with humility as part of a team that helps others to save their own on a daily basis.” Naz is convinced that he works for the best treatment center in the nation, and is proud to be part of such a caring team of individuals who always put the needs of our clients first.