1st Step Behavioral Health

Recovery Begins with the First Step

3773 North Federal Highway Pompano Beach 33064

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About 1st Step Behavioral Health

Some rehabilitation programs may fail to take into account the entirety of the individual and their experiences; as a result, they are not nearly as effective as they could be. The team at 1st Step Behavioral Health won’t make this mistake. Their approach to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is informed by Gestalt techniques. Gestalt techniques are holistic, therapeutic methods that stress the personhood of the patient and build on the relationship between patient and therapist. They work to develop mindfulness while showing patients how they are often unwitting accomplices to their own dissatisfaction.

Those afflicted by co-occurring disorders (behavioral health conditions that coincide with the presence of a substance use disorder) like anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and post-traumatic stress disorder can benefit from treatment at 1st Step Behavioral Health; family therapy, drama therapy, bodywork, and dance are among the modalities offered. More conventional treatment options are available as well: treatment medications are available to help the patient through the detoxification stage of recovery, and psychotherapy can help the patient learn healthy coping strategies and identify harmful thought patterns in either an individual or group setting. Many options exist for financing treatment at 1st Step Behavioral Health; the center also accepts a wide variety of health insurance plans.

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  • Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Dual-Diagnosis
  • Inpatient Program


  • Swimming pool
  • Fully furnished apartment setting
  • Multiple outdoor seating areas
  • Meal plans
  • Free on-site laundry facilities
  • Gym
  • Recreational activities and sports
  • Occasional trips to the zoo

Treatment Approach

  • Individual & Group Therapy
  • Addiction Therapy
  • Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Attachment-based Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness
  • Acupuncture


""This is the best treatment facility. They really treat you like family they care about their clients and want the best for them this place taught me a lot and I’ll forever be grateful. If it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t be alive.""

Alyssa B.

""This place is amazing!! For them it truly is about helping the addict get and stay clean. NOT about the money. Without them I would be dead or well on my way. I learned how to recover and live in recovery and so much more. I’ve made lifelong friends because we’ve all stayed clean. This place is just different on so many levels. I encourage anyone needing help to go to 1st Step. I beg you to go. You will be eternally grateful!""

Kari A.

""This is place is a life saver. Everyone in the staff is nice and they truly care for you not like most places. The program is awesome and helped me pinpoint a lot of issues I didn’t see. Vandy is a sweetheart and really goes out of his way to help you out. Highly recommended if you want to fix your life!!!""

Alexander P.

""I’ve never experienced anything like what I’ve experienced here at 1st step. Every single staff member has shown nothing but compassion, integrity and support the whole time I’ve been here. I would suggest this program to ANYONE looking for help and to honestly heal. Thank you to Gus and Miss Debra especially!""

Tiff H.

""First Step has been so good to me. I am grateful for having them as my family. The staff at First Step are caring and loving. They help you by any means necessary for getting the help you need. Thanks to First Step, I'm a better person and continuing to grow with their support. Thank you First Step and I love everyone there.""

Shaun F.

Professional Staff

Staff Member
Gus Crocco LCSW

CEO & Clinical Director

Staff Member
Naz Andekian

Chief Operating Officer

Staff Member
Shawn Hunsberger RN

Director of Medical Services

Staff Member
Dr. Albert Castellon

MD Medical Director

Staff Member
Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Primary Clinician

Get help for alcoholism today.

If you or a loved one is ready to overcome an alcohol addiction, reach out today. Treatment providers can connect you with programs that provide the tools to help you get and stay sober.