First Step Alcohol/Drug Recovery Program

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

First Step Counseling was established in 1983 by Lou Ann Solem and the late Kent Solem, Certified Chemical Dependency professionals.

Our mission is the diagnosis and treatment of abuse and dependency related to alcohol and drugs as well as addressing the thinking
errors associated with chemical dependency. We believe that alcoholism and drug addiction should be treated as a health issue rather
than a moral issue, and our outpatient program allows individuals to remain in their homes and continue with their jobs and family life.

First Step is fully accredited by the State of South Dakota Department of Human Services. First Step is committed to providing:

  • confidential, professional, caring and prompt service
  • a focus on physical, mental, spiritual, social and emotional well-being
  • programs designed to achieve individual and family wholeness
  • counselors and staff who are dedicated to honesty, compassion and professionalism
  • low-cost, community based programs designed to meet our clients’ needs

Office locations in Sioux Falls and Brookings.

12-step recovery programs are stressed and utilized in our treatment programs.