1st Step Referral Services

                      Counseling & Prevention Services











 ...helping you reach your full potential


Substance Abuse Outpatient Counseling (OP)


At 1st Step Referral Services the goal of OP Counseling is to create an environment that encourages our clients to develop and engage in a program of healthy recovery. We understand that transitioning into and maintaining an abstinent lifestyle requires a commitment on our part to provide a meaningful, personal experience for each client. From the first phone call until completion of the program, every detail is managed to meet that goal.


All OP Programming is facilitated by a Substance Abuse Counselor. Each session is structured to support clients in achieving an honest, open-minded and a willing approach as they actively seek an abstinent lifestyle. The OP Counselor brings  a personal passion to his work as he relates his own challenges and rewards experienced during his journey from active dependency to recovery. His philosophy is that recovery does not need to be boring! And it shows as he mixes his brand of straight talk with unexpected recovery humor, which clients can easily relate to. 


OP sessions are held in an interactive, small group setting. (Individual sessions are available by arrangement.) Minimum programming requirements consists of an individual Intake Session, 10-consecutive Group Sessions* and an individual After Care Planning/ Discharge Session.


*We accommodate up to 52 weeks of OP counseling sessions. If the duration of programming is not specified by the Referring Agency, the minimum # of sessions will be 12, including Intake and Discharge.


*The Counselor, at their discretion, may extend the # of sessions originally specified due to non-compliance, positive drug screens, or any other behavioral indication deemed inappropriate or counter-productive to the client's progress in the program.


Payment Information:

Due to the fee structure of this program, we do not accept, file claims or code for medical health insurance plans. This is a client self-pay program that allows the client to pay for sessions at time of service, or "pay as you go."


We accept cash, check or money order. Credit card payments are accepted with advance payment. A 4% processing fee is charged by the credit card company and added at time of payment.



Referring Agencies will be notified by fax of client's enrollment and programming start date after the Intake is completed. Client is responsible for providing all contact information: agency, contact person, phone#, fax #, & case # at the time of Intake.



Referring Agencies will receive a Discharge Summary after completion of the program. Summaries will include reason for discharge, overview of participation and further recommendations.


Certificates of Completion are presented to the client at Discharge.

Group Outpatient Programming Schedule


Weekly - Wednesday 6:45-8:00 pm



Individual Outpatient Programming Schedule


Weekly or Bi-Weekly - By Regularly Scheduled Appointments Only