The Next Step Foundation in Terre Haute, IN

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(3.7 of 5)
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619 Washington Avenue
Terre Haute IN 47802

The Next Step Foundation Philosophy

Next Step is a community funded faith-based program located on the western coast of Indiana. Next Step’s “Step-In” treatment program consists of a 90-day residential program comprised of daily 12-Step meetings and weekly classes. Upon successful completion of “Step In,” participants are encouraged to attend “Step-Up,” in which they receive individual outpatient assistance to ensure long term recovery.

Areas of Specialization

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

  • Residential Treatment
    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.

Facility Highlights

Weekly Nutritionist and Job Skills Professional On-Site

Individualized Programming with Weekly One-on-One’s

Only Women’s Houses in Terre Haute, IN Area Able to Take Women with Children

Meet the Staff

Dana Simons

Executive Director

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Bachelors of English and an education credential. Completed course hours for Indiana Community Health Worker/Certified Recovery Specialist Training Program. Pursuing Masters in Clinical Social Work.

Leslie Sanders

Program Manager

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Work experience with mentally ill and years of experience in group homes and sober living communities as staff. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


The Next Step Foundation, located in Terre Haute, Ind., offers treatment to adults struggling with substance use disorder. The facility has residential and outpatient programs, as well as educational workshops, sober living, and a state-funded program for criminal justice clients. Next Step is one of 100 facilities in Indiana (32.8 percent of all facilities in the state) to provide services for criminal justice clients.


Treatment at Next Step begins with an assessment by the treatment staff. Clients must be sober for at least 72 hours prior to admission to the residential program. Clients meet with the program director for an interview. Once both parties agree that the program is a good fit, clients are admitted to the program.

Treatment is faith-based and relies on spiritual therapies to help clients make improvements in their lives. It consists of work-based therapies and community support, and clients maintain jobs or volunteer hours throughout treatment. Next Step is among the 43.3 percent of facilities in the state to provide employment counseling or training for its clients.

Educational coursework designed to help clients develop sober living skills, 12-step meetings, counseling, weekly classes, and employment support are also included in treatment.

Next Step also has an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which is a modality offered by a little less than half (45.2 percent) of treatment facilities in Indiana. In addition, educational classes are offered on topics such as spirituality, relapse prevention training, life skills, and health and wellness.


The treatment team includes licensed social workers, program and case managers, licensed practical nurses, and administrative staff member.


Clients live in modest, gender-specific houses and are responsible for coordinating upkeep services such as cooking and cleaning.


The two former clients polled by to date had opposing opinions of Next Step. Joshua gave the facility five out of five stars for its staff's level of training and experience, the frequency and consistency of its meetings, and the overall quality of its group therapy. "Had an excellent course of classes like boundaries, parenting classes, and classes to teach you how to find a job. etc.," he wrote.

Taylor, on the other hand, reported having a negative experience in Next Step's sober living program. "I cant stress enough how awful this program was for me," they wrote.

Next Step fared well on secondary sites, earning an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars based on 38 Google reviews[1] and a 4.7 out of five star rating based on the opinions of 31 people on Facebook[2]. Across both sites, the majority of former clients who left commentary described the program as effective and the environment a caring and compassionate. "Very structured and you can tell that everyone genuinely cares about each other," Dylan wrote in a representative review on Google.


Kate, the sole loved one polled by to date, gave Next Step negative feedback. She described the staff as "very judgemental" and wrote that she was not happy with the facility's treatment of her mother.


According to the facility's website, the residential program costs $115 per week which covers room, board, and treatments. Clients must also pay for a drug screenings multiple times per month with a fee of $10 per screening. Additionally, clients must pay a combined $230 admission fee for the first two weeks of treatment and the first drug screening up front. Clients involved in the state-funded Recovery Works Program receive services for free.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on June 2019

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Absolutely awful sober living....One of the female staff members is a good teacher. She is very knowledgable but another staff member is was not god. She relapsed berself like two years ago. Def not a good program director. I cant stress enough how awful this program was for me


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Very judgemental group of people... If sitting around talking about one another is treatment then my mom didnt need to go here in the first place. I will be the first one to tell my mom she needs help but if you have to sit in a group and have a group of people tell you about how bad you are when they are going through it too .. They have no place at all to say something about her. I have been hurt by her my whole life and I dont like her but no one deserves how she got treated


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My girlfriend, had attended this rehab, and said it was a good program. Left with my girlfriend to go to a hotel, and got drunk and never went back. Had an excellent course of classes like boundaries, parenting classes, and classes to teach you how to find a job. etc...

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