Apply for Residency

You will find below our online application for the residential program at Next Step.

If you have questions about the application, please send your questions to the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (812)917-5006. If you have questions about our program, please see our FAQs.

If you would like to print out the application and submit a hard copy, click here to download a printable version of the form (PDF). Once completed please fax it to us at (812) 645-1303, email a scanned copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send or deliver it to us at our main office:

Next Step Foundation, Inc.
619 Washington Ave.
Terre Haute, IN 47802

Things you should know before applying to Next Step

Next Step is a faith-based Recovery Program that provides a sober living environment through its 2 homes for women and 2 homes for men along with substance abuse groups, AA meetings, peer counseling, case management, life skills training and mental health services. Our goal is to help those who are serious about managing their substance use disorder regain an independent, substance-free lifestyle. Our focus is on assisting you in obtaining the tools that will help you create a recovery lifestyle, not just sobriety. During your participation in the program, you will be required to strive to become self-sufficient and to actively cooperate with the Next Step program in all ways, including:

  • You will be required to review and accept the rules and regulations of the program.
  • Substance abuse of any kind will not be tolerated while you are a resident of Next Step.
  • Program Service Fees are fully paid by the State of Indiana for any clients that are part of the Recovery Works Program. The service fees to live in one of our homes is $189 per week, but there is a discount for self-pay clients, with a sliding scale going as low as $115 per week. The fees for sober living include housing and all your meals. Drug Screens are not included and cost $10.00 per screen, usually given twice a month on a random basis. Two weeks Service Fees plus initial drug screen is required for program entrance, unless other arrangements are made in advance.
  • You must sign legal consent to the release of information, about you, between Next Step and other agencies, doctors, and therapists with which you are involved.
  • Your personal living area will be subject to inspection and searched at staff’s discretion.
  • You will be subject to random drug screening at staff’s discretion.
  • You will continue to take as prescribed any prescription medication.
  • You will deal responsibly with your legal, financial, family and health issues.
  • You will be expected to find and maintain a job, or if legally disabled, volunteer your time in some way.
  • You will be required to show proof of insurance, registration and a valid driver’s license for any vehicle you use while a resident.
  • You will attend mandatory twelve-step meetings and classes, and may be asked to see a recovery counselor, depending on your personal needs.
  • You will share household chores, including some meal preparation.
  • You will be required to perform service work for a non-profit in the amount of 2 hours per week.

We take recovery very seriously and you will be required to do the same. We believe this is an opportunity for individuals to find a new way of life. We also place great emphasis on responsibility. When you are given assignments, homework, etc., you will be expected to do them on time. Remember, money and employment are not signs of recovery and can result in relapse. Recovery is an “inside job”, and no matter how good you look on the outside, material and cosmetic things will not keep you clean. Our goal is that by learning to apply these principles in your life, you can become a responsible and productive member of society.


  1. To be eligible for services, an applicant:
    A. must be 18 years of age or older;
    B. is preferred (but not required) to have been evaluated by a detoxification, residential treatment, or court administered program for the need for additional services such as housing or intensive outpatient services;
    C. must have a minimum of 72 hours free of any mind/mood altering substances that are not lawfully prescribed by a licensed physician prior to admittance to the program; if a client has a prescription for a controlled substance or for any benzodiazepine, they must sign a release with the prescribing physician prior to being evaluated for admission;
    D. agree to active involvement and participation in the support group activities, including daily attendance at recovery oriented classes and groups, as required;
    E. is willing to be productive; work or find a job in the first month, or if legally disabled, is willing to volunteer;
    F. has the ability to pay a weekly service fee while a resident or is eligible for another source of payment, such as Medicaid insurance, Recovery Works, or DCS;

  2. NOTE: If you are currently receiving treatment utilizing medication assisted treatment (M.A.T.), please be aware that Next Step does accept clients that are participating in a M.A.T. program that is structured and monitored (Western Indiana Recovery Services, Groups, Inc., Valley Professionals Community Health Center and others). Clients participating in either methadone or suboxone treatment may be required to live in a residence with others utilizing the same treatment protocols. M.A.T. clients will be required to be in good standing with their primary M.A.T. provider throughout their time at Next Step. Clients are admitted on a case by case basis.

  3. Admission will be denied to applicants who fail to meet the above stated criteria and/or exhibit any of the following:
    A. the need for emergency medical or psychiatric care beyond the scope of the program capabilities;
    B. suffer from any physical or emotional illness that precludes full participation in the Next Step program;
    C. behavior that would be considered dangerous to staff, clients, or to themselves;
    D. any active infectious disease that would require medical isolation.
  4. Applicants who are deemed inappropriate for admission may be referred to other, more appropriate, community resources.

  5. Next Step is a faith-based program, but is not affiliated with any particular religious organization or denomination. While a resident, you may attend the services of your choice.

  6. Completed applications may be faxed to Next Step at (812) 645-1303 or mailed or dropped off to staff at 619 Washington Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47802