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1St Step Behavioral Health: Drug Rehab In Pompano Beach

3773 N Federal Hwy,, Pompano Beach, Florida, 33064
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.

Facility Highlights

  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Substance abuse education
  • Alumni Resources
  • Holistic Therapy
  • Dual Diagnostic Treatment
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Life Skills
  • Family support is a cornerstone of our program
  • Provides services through all levels of care


  • 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.
  • Detox

    Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded
  • Residential Neighborhood
  • Beach Community
  • Oceanfront

Meet the Staff

  • Augustine Crocco, LCSW
    Augustine Crocco, LCSWCEO
    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.
  • Naz Andekian
    Naz AndekianCOO
    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.
  • Marge Allen
    Marge AllenExecutive Administrator
    Marge joined the 1st Step Behavioral Health family in 2005 as an administrative assistant and has since become the executive administrator. With a degree in science and as a Certified Medical Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the medical and administrative fields, Marge is a leader for the entire staff. She is chiefly responsible for all financial operations and her fiscal management and budgetary knowledge allows 1st Step to provide all clients the best possible care. In addition, Marge is a hands-on administrator, committed to her staff and an active member of the day-to-day operations.
  • Shawn Hunsberger LPN
    Shawn Hunsberger LPNMedical Support Supervisor
    Shawn is a senior member of the staff and has been with 1st Step for over 10 years. Shawn came to 1st Step as a client in 2005 and started her journey of recovery. She knew that she was in a special place and wanted to be a part of helping others change their life just as she did. Over time, Shawn has become one of the pillars here. She quickly progressed in the company, starting as a Behavioral Health Tech and is now the Medical Staff Support Supervisor. Her continued education, passion and personal experience is what makes her such an integral part of 1st Step. Shawn is responsible for overseeing the nursing staff and meeting with every client to ensure they are receiving the help they need. Shawn not only takes care of our clients at 1st Step but also takes her care-taking skills home with her to look after her three dogs, two cats, and two ducks. Shawn will soon be a Registered Nurse as she finishes her schooling at the end of 2015.

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Located in in South Florida’s Pompano Beach, 1st Step Behavioral Health offers a full-continuum of substance abuse treatment services for adults who are struggling substance abuse and co-occurring disroders. The facility offers inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP), outpatient treatment (OP), and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP). Additionally, sober living facilities are available as well as on-site detox.


According to 1st Step Behavioral Health's website, individuals in need of medical assistance begin their treatment in the facility’s detox unit, which often uses medication to help with withdrawal symptoms. The average length of stay in the detox unit is between seven to 14 days. Once stabilized, clients typically move to inpatient treatment.

Each client’s treatment plan is highly individualized and based on a comprehensive nursing assessment and evaluation, medical history, physical assessment, and initial psychiatric evaluation.

The treatment program follows evidence- based and 12-Step program methods. Programming includes a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, gender group therapy, family counseling, addiction education, life skills development, holistic therapy, and relapse prevention.

The Partial Hospitalization Program offers similar treatment and support as the inpatient treatment, but on a lower level of intensity. Additional therapy may include ego-modifying therapy, experiential therapy, rational emotive therapy, role playing, and therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Outpatient treatment and intensive outpatient treatment offer additional levels of step-down treatment.Sober living facilities are used in conjunction with partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment.


1st Step Behavioral Health's website notes the treatment team includes registered nurses and nurse practitioners, licensed professional counselors (LPC), certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADC), licensed mental health counselors (LMHC), and licensed social workers (LSW). The center has a 1:1 staff-to-client ratio, and it is one of the 192 (26.8 percent) of Florida facilities that are Joint Commission Accredited.


1st Step Behavioral Health's website indicates th sober living facilities are available to all clients, including those enrolled in outpatient programs. Clients live in fully-furnished apartment-style accommodations equipped with semi-private bedrooms, small kitchens, and common areas. Amenities include an on-site swimming pool, outdoor seating areas, and gym access.

Patients participating in inpatient treatment can go to the gym five nights a week and have the option of chiropractic and massage therapy. The facility’s website indicates that transportation is available for 12-step meetings outside the facility, supervised grocery shopping, and for weekend fellowship activities.


The more than a hundred alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive commentary. Multiple alumni praised the center, and noting the treatment program and staff saved their life. The 35 alumni surveyed on different metrics provided high ratings when asked if they would recommend 1st Step Behavioral Health and for the staff's experience.

Staff's experience: 4.4/5
Would recommend: 4.5/5

"The staff in a whole are great people and genuinely care about the clients on a professional and personal level," an alum wrote in a representative review. "I would highly suggest this treatment center to anyone."

Alumni also praised other aspects including its leisure activities, and gave high ratings for family participation, cleanliness, and affordability.

Exercise & leisure: 4.2/5
Family participation: 4.2/5
Cleanliness: 4.4/5
Affordability: 4.2/3

"First Step saved my life and I would recommend this facility to anyone in need," another alum wrote in a representative review."

To date, the 142 people to leave reviews on its Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, gave an average of 4.8 out of five stars. [1]


The more than 17 loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive reviews. Loved ones also rated the center high for almost all metrics, and mostly all indicated they would recommend 1st Step Behavioral Health.

Would recommend: 4.5/5

Loved ones also praised the center's programming, counseling options, family participation, and exercise & leisure. "My daughter was in several and this is by far the best caring and effective facility," a loved one wrote.

Counseling options: 4.5/5
Family participation: 4.7/5
Exercise & leisure: 4.6/5


The seven staffers polled by Rehabs.com to date provided mostly positive reviews, feedback, and most indicated they would recommend the 1st Step Behavioral Health.

Would recommend: 4.5/5
Staff's experience: 4.5/5
Counseling Options: 4.5/5
Family participation: 4.7/5

"Our clients leave treatment with the knowledge that staff are here for them beyond the treatment experience," a staffer wrote in a representative review.


According to 1st Step Behavioral Health's website, it accepts most private insurance plans and is in-network with Aetna and MHNet. The facility also offers a sliding scale fee, placing it among the 62 percent of Florida facilities that offer one.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/1stepbehavioralhealthpompanobeach/reviews/?ref=page_internal

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1St Step Behavioral Health: Drug Rehab In Pompano Beach
3773 N Federal Hwy,, Pompano Beach, Florida, 33064