Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
First Step Center for Men Philosophy
At First Step Center, we believe that every individual has the ability to heal. Tucked in the stunning Sonoran Desert, FSC offers residential treatment with partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient recovery programs coming soon. Upon entering treatment, each client receives a dual diagnosis assessment and an individualized treatment plan.
We believe recovery happens by identifying and treating all underlying issues. During treatment, we work to support our clients and inspire hope in them, so they can rediscover themselves without the veil of substance and be confident in their own recovery. The goal of our treatment programs, addiction, and trauma specialists is to provide the personalized, intensive, and effective continuum of care necessary to bring healing into our client’s lives.
We believe that our team’s expertise in the treatment of addiction and trauma-related issues will greatly benefit you or your loved one in overcoming addictions, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. Within the First Step Center program, we believe everyone is capable of a fulfilling and lasting recovery. Through evidence-based addiction and mental health treatment, our residents can gain healthier lives and establish fulfilling and loving relationships.
For clients suffering from moderate to severe addiction, our all-male residential facility is monitored 24 hours daily and offers 10 beds and plenty of luxurious amenities. In most cases, clients are recommended to stay the full 30 days. In addition to the aforementioned, our services include:
- Individual, group, and family therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- 12 Step programs
- Trauma Informed Care (SE, EMDR, DBT)
- Brain Spa (CES, weighted blankets, Chi machine)
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Karisa Kloscak, Master of Counseling, LPC, SEP
Karisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as her Master of Counseling from Arizona State University. She started her career working at a non-profit in Mesa, Arizona with the Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) population where she quickly discovered her passion for working with individuals in crisis as well as in a traditional therapy setting. She worked as a crisis counselor in emergency departments, hospitals, jails and communities providing support and liaison services to those in immediate need.
While working in many different aspects of the mental health field, she continued to focus her education on trauma and its effects on the brain and body. She has worked with some of the nation’s top addiction and recovery experts and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, Pia Mellody’s PIT Model for codependency, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She also has a certificate in traumatic stress studies and specializes in the areas of love addiction, attachment, substance use, sexual issues and family of origin issues. She continues to gain knowledge in traumatic stress studies and is working on her yoga teacher training.
Dr. Matt Klein, DO Psychiatry, ABPN Board Certified
Originally from north central Colorado, Dr. Matthew Klein, D.O. serves as the Medical Director for First Step Center. Among his other contributions, Dr. Klein brings 10 years of experience working with treatment programs for both substance abuse and eating disorders to First Step Center.
Dr. Klein’s journey to working within the addiction treatment field began as an adolescent, when a strong passion for substance abuse and the power of recovery was instilled within him after having watched a family member suffer from addiction.
After graduating from medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Klein completed a residency and fellowship from the Maricopa Integrated System in Phoenix in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry. Prior to medical school, Dr. Klein worked for years in a youth substance abuse treatment center. During this time, he gained a profound understanding of the significant role relationship restoration plays in successful recovery.
Paige Laidig, RN, BSN
As a mother of two beautiful daughters, Paige Laidig brings 19 years of experience to First Step Center, primarily as a registered nurse in the field of substance abuse. As an undergrad studying at Monroe, Paige excelled in her program and achieve the Excellence in Nursing Award for her graduating class. In 2003, she took a travel nurse position in Arizona, and has resided here since. After graduating from Grand Canyon University with her bachelor’s degree, Paige began working toward procuring a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing.
Helping those afflicted with mental health, substance use, or eating disorders is not just a job for Paige—it’s her passion. As someone who holds an intimate understanding of recovery and the devastating grip of addiction, both professionally and personally, Paige meets her clients with sincere compassion and dedication to encourage total well-being.
In addition to her career, Paige finds gratitude in her daily life watching her daughters thrive in many areas including dancing, singing, and acting, as well as taking time to practice spiritual, mental, and physical self-care. To those who know and work with Paige, it is her contagious smile and enthusiasm that makes her truly irreplaceable.
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ABOUT FIRST STEP CENTER FOR MEN
Located in Scottdale, Ariz., First Step Center for Men is one of the 78 (22.9 percent) of Arizona treatment facilities that offer residential services for men. The substance abuse and addiction treatment center offers a full-continuum of care including partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to First Step Center's website, the treatment center focuses on holistic healing, and center's programs around family therapy to help families understand addiction and mental health disorders. Clients also participate in individual and group therapy.
The residential program is tailored to men, and the residents participate in educational classes and experiential therapies. Daily programming includes addiction recovery, and SMART Recovery. The treatment center is one of the 202 (59.2 percent) of Arizona treatment facilities to offers 12-step facilitation.
The facility has an executive rehab program that is designed for people in high-stress jobs such as business executives, doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. Clients in this programs may maintain a level of presence and connection to their employment while treatment.
First Step Center's website notes the treatment team includes addiction specialists, behavior health technicians, board certified psychiatrists, primary care physicians, a clinical director, a registered dietician, therapists, and specialty services and activity staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to First Step Center's website, clients have access to a tennis court, walking nature trail, basketball court, swimming pool, horse-shoes, frisbee golf, and putting green. The center has room for 10 men.
Rehabs.com has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s former clients. However, one person on Facebook indicated they would recommend First Step Center. 
First Step Center's website indicates it is one of the 220 (64.5 percent) of Arizona treatment facilities that accepts insurance.
Published on January 2019
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