First Steps Recovery

By The Fix staff 08/17/17

First Steps utilizes both traditional evidence-based and more holistic methods of therapy, with a spacial emphasis on spending time in nature, which includes equine therapy.

First Steps Recovery
Location : 22051 Oak Hill Lane Clovis, CA 93619
Phone : 1-844-BIG-STEP
Price : Cal
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Insurance : No
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Introduction and Basic Services

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Clovis, California is First Steps Recovery. This intimate treatment facility offers detox and residential treatment. First Steps utilizes both traditional evidence-based and more holistic methods of therapy, with a spacial emphasis on spending time in nature, which includes equine therapy.

Facility and Meals

The intimate, six-bed treatment facility is situated on five acres of land surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Sierras. Each bedroom is double occupancy and fully furnished with queen beds, dressers and nightstands. The program is co-ed, but men and women clients don't share rooms. The ranch style home is comfortable and spacious, with a a game room and a cozy living room featuring an L-shaped leather couch, flat screen TV and fireplace.

The recently remodeled kitchen is where clients gather daily to enjoy their meals, which are made fresh by the staff chef.

Treatment Protocol and Team

Though each client is different, typically they can expect to stay at the facility for around 90 days. Those in need of detox can complete this process on-site under medical supervision, typically in about five days. Each program at First Steps is individualized to suit each client's specific needs, and there are daily group sessions, psychoeducational lectures and on-site 12-step meetings. There are also a few individual sessions per week. Since the program only has six clients at once, they benefit from plenty of personal attention during treatment.

Group sessions cover relapse prevention and anger management, and therapy utilizes CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and DBT. Holistic methods can offered are art and music therapy, and weekly equine therapy. One of the unique offerings at First Steps is their Wilderness Treatment program, which is combined with other treatment approaches. The idea behind this program is that clients are given the opportunity to challenge themselves and learn what their boundaries are, then work through them. This program is led by counselors who take their clientele on nature hikes or boating during this experiential treatment method, which is a cornerstone of the success of the program.

There is an aftercare program through First Steps that includes access to regular group therapy, peer support, coaching and education services.

The staff consists of LMFTs, CADCs, and RNs who oversee the detox process and provide around the clock treatment. During the first 24 hours of detox, nurses check on their clients every 20 minutes.

Bonus Amenities

Recreation, fitness and sober outings are an integral part of First Steps program. Yoga, hiking, softball, movie nights, BBQs and swimming are just a few of the options offered.


There is something about clean, fresh air that lends itself to the recovery process. First Steps is way off the beaten path, offering security and privacy as their clients learn about themselves on the way to sobriety. It is a close knit community of staff and clients who work together to provide a supportive atmosphere and comprehensive treatment.

First Steps Recovery

22051 Oak Hill Lane

Clovis, CA 93619


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