12 Step Recovery Program for Men in Asheville, NC

Proven. Effective. Sustainable.

Our Unique Approach

We’ve built a program out of clinically proven methods. We know that what we do works. It’s worked for 100s of men to date, but that doesn’t mean we take a cookie-cutter approach. On the contrary, we’re big on individual case management.

Responding to the needs of our patients is a major part of what we do. It’s one of the biggest keys to our success. We match you with the right therapies at the right times. 

Long-Term Addiction Care

The Support You Need

Sobriety can be more than just running from addiction.

Claiming a better life should be the goal of every recovery program.

Self awareness, personal accountability, and other pillars of the 12 Step system can help with behavior change.  But more than that, they can help  men in recovery find more fulfilled lives.

It’s no wonder that the system has spread from Alcoholics Anonymous to Narcotics Anonymous and onto so many other groups. 

Put the 12 Steps into action and start working towards that goal today!

Decades of Success

There is a reason the 12 Steps is one of the most trusted recovery frameworks today.  The two-prong approach of personal growth and community support is a proven path.  If you apply these consistently over time, you're more likely to beat addiction. 

12-Steps Immersion

The 12 Steps is more than just a support group—it's a lifestyle. It has helped millions around the world make real recovery sustainable. And we've seen it work right here, at Next Step. Living with your accountability makes your sobriety stick.

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Frequently Asked Questions

12 Step Program from Addiction Recovery

The path to long-term addiction recovery is well-worn.

The 12 Steps has paved a proven path to let you walk with your peers into honest, lasting sobriety. 

At Next Step Recovery, we integrate the 12 Steps and other clinically proven methods into our addiction recovery program.  Everyone’s climb toward a life of value is unique.  But that doesn’t mean you need to reinvent wheel to make it to the mountaintop.  Instead, follow the trail that success leaves.

As we say:

“Recovery is the Real Adventure.”

The 12 Steps help us navigate that adventure.


Addiction should be faced as a lifelong disease.  The 12-step program reframes your condition as one that can only be cared for by deeper change.

The 12 Steps are a multi-phase plan for breaking the cycle of addiction.  Each stage puts you in action to release what you cannot control.  As you move forward, you’ll discover what it means to embrace true help instead of willpower.  Peer support and accountability ensure your success.


Change comes only as a series of smaller, gradual shifts.  Fortunately, the Twelve Steps give you a supportive way to practice major changes in stages.

Each step helps you practice honesty, accountability, and learning from mistakes.  As the role of your willpower shrinks, you shift into a more powerful way of healing.  At its core, 12 Step programs are a team effort.  You’ll unite with recovering men to learn how to thrive in day-to-day sobriety together.


Support groups are central to any recovery plan.  Like any peer program, the 12-steps for addiction comes after getting clean and medically-stable.

Safety of yourself and others comes before any community support treatment.  You are welcome to join once you can safety engage with others and have completed your substance detox.  Our program is specifically outpatient, but inpatient centers may sometimes carry their own 12 step care.


The 12 Steps have often been misunderstood as only for the religious.  The reality: all types of men have used the program with their own meanings.

Despite the spiritual language, you are highly encouraged to decide what a “Higher Power” and “God” mean to you.  You’ll find that modern-day groups are defined by you, not the reverse.  If you’re seeking a better life and will commit to real change, you are welcome to join—no religion required.


Next Step is built upon a groundwork of community and growth. We directly integrate your 12 step journey with a full suite of outpatient recovery services.

As one of the premier substance recovery programs in Asheville, our men are clear evidence that integrated residential care works. Our live-in therapy and 12 step peer support makes honest sobriety part of your daily reality.  When you’re walking with us, we’ll make sure you’re never alone.

What They Say About Us

"Before coming to Next Step Recovery, my life was in tatters. I felt defeated. The first day I arrived at Next Step, I was swinging. I was so angry. I was lost, hurt, and confused. I was living in paralyzing fear; yet, this place, these people, accepted me... They have shown me that a new life is possible. The staff here helps me grow into a better man every day... I owe the person I am today to Next Step's guidance."

J.C., Beloved Client

"Next Step Recovery is a safe place with people I not only consider a great staff, but also have come to love as family. They treated me with love, compassion, and respect. They helped me see things I couldn't; helped me grow as a person and changed my perspective on many topics. The people at Next Step will forever hold a special place in my heart."

B.D., Beloved Resident

“This is the longest I have ever been clean and Next Step is the reason for that. It has provided me with a safe place to begin my recovery”

T.A., Beloved Resident

"IOP was the perfect activity to both keep my week busy while also being able to fully focus on my recovery. The top notch staff members and therapists made this 12 week program one I will take with me wherever I go."

L.M., Beloved Resident

"I am so grateful for Nextstep and all the staff members. This is definitely the place I needed to come after I got out of treatment. Here I got connected to the recovery community in Asheville and made some good friends here at the houses. Nextstep has not only taught me what I need to do to stay clean but I have learned so many life lessons while I was here. I will stay in contact with Nextstep because this place has given me my life back and for that I am so grateful!"

Z.A., Beloved Resident

"Next Step Recovery was exactly what I needed in the early stages of my recovery! I spent so many years of my life hiding behind a bottle, and I couldn’t take it anymore! Susan and her staff helped me to get back on my feet and start the process moving on and loving life without the use of alcohol or drugs. After my 3 months here with next step, I chose to stay in Asheville and continue to work on my self, with their guidance. I couldn’t imagine my life today if I was still stuck in my old ways, Thank you Next Step Recovery!"

Z.B., Beloved Client

"You may have to leave family, friends and your old life behind as you start recovery. Next Step provides not only a home for you to start over, it gives you a spiritual cleansing. From the staff to my housemates, Next Step has brought a new meaning to recovery. If you let them work with you, you'll find more than a recovery house, you'll find yourself again."

M.R.K., Beloved Resident

My son completed 3 months of sober living at Next Steps Recovery, surrounded by kind, caring and compassionate staff, with all the skill sets required of true professionals to guide and assist him in living a productive, healthy , sober and happy life. He flourished and started to smile and enjoy life again during those three months. He now is starting to build a career for himself and is enjoying the normal things in life that had been missing for so many years. As a family we have been blessed to have been connected with Next Step Recovery. Thank you.

K.W., Family Member

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12 Step Enhanced Sober Living & IOP

Understanding the 12 Steps of Recovery

Next Step Recovery focuses on life after rehab. Our program features two major pillars:

Sober Living Programs

True recovery takes time.  Our long-term addiction treatment programs facilitate true healing through structure and community.  We help you replace unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with new ones.  Day by day, you develop habits that lead to a better, happier life.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our intensive outpatient program helps recovering addicts continue substance abuse therapy outside of an “inpatient” environment.  It is an ideal way to continue treatment while still living a normal lifestyle.  Next Step offers IOP for both our residents and greater Asheville.

The main goal of our program is to help men transcend their addictions and create fulfilling lives.

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Sober Living Program

Clinical Addiction Therapies for Sustainable Recovery

12 Steps

12 Steps Program

Proven. Trusted. Powerful. The twelve steps have helped countless individuals find sobriety.
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Dual Diagnosis

Co-Occurring Disorders

Get ALL of the help you need. Addiction and mental illness go hand in hand. Your solutions should too.
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Identify and transforms negative thought patterns to create better habits⁠—and a better life.
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Develop skills that aid relationships, make stress more tolerable, and enhance emotional regulation.
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Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy

Rediscover the joys of life with outdoor adventures in and around beautiful Asheville, NC.
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Meditation, Yoga, & BJJ

Equine Assisted Therapy

Build discipline and more emotional control with activities that increase mindfulness.
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Sandy Stader

Medically Reviewed By Susan Stader MS, LCMH, LCAS, CCS

Susan Stader is the founder and director of Next Step Recovery and NSR of Asheville, an Intensive Outpatient Program and a Long-term Extended Care program in Asheville, NC. She received her Master’s in Community Counseling in 2004 at Western Carolina University and went on to get her licensure in addictions and mental health counseling. Susan believes that treatment should be gender-specific and offered in a small setting. Small recovery communities, such as hers, are more intimate and effective in overall client satisfaction and care.

Reach Out Today

Recovery is a lifelong journey, but you don’t need to take it alone. At Next Step Recovery, we give you the tools and support you need to get through early sobriety and find lasting healing. It is our goal to empower our patients to be their best selves and live the life they deserve.

If you have any questions about our programs, methods, insurance, or anything else, reach out to us today. We look forward to helping you to get started along the road to recovery!

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