Adventure Therapy

Fighting Addiction with Fun

Joy can be hard to find at the beginning of the recovery journey.

This is one of the reasons relapse is so easy.  Still, “hard to find” does not mean, “nonexistent.”  Not only is true happiness possible post-addiction, but it’s also more likely.

At Next Step Recovery, we specialize in helping men in recovery find joy in sobriety.  For us, this is a crucial part of the addiction recovery process.  We show our patients how to live a healthy lifestyle by creating positive experiences without drugs or alcohol.

As we say:

“Recovery is the Real Adventure.”

Finding the Fun in Sobriety with Outdoor Adventure Therapy

Addiction recovery doesn’t happen on accident.

We bridge the gap between inpatient treatment and sustainable sobriety.

Adventure therapy helps make the aftermath of addiction feel less brutal.  This fills those striving for recovery with hope and optimism about the future.  Our patients have a chance to enjoy watersports, paintball, high ropes courses, hikes through the majestic Asheville area, and more.

We use activities like these to remind the men in our program that life is worth living—even without drugs.

Compassionate, Clinical Care

Next Step Recovery is big on evidence and empathy.

We implement addiction therapies with evidence behind them.  We facilitate change with profound empathy for our clients and residents.

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Rewiring the Brain for Sober Fun

Adventure therapy helps men recovering from addiction feel the joy of life again. Addiction wreaks havoc on the brain.  One effect is that it becomes hard to find joy in the first few months of recovery.  Our program combats that by putting men in the thralls of adventure—where they can’t help but feel alive. Some of our favorites:
  • Mountain Hikes
  • Rafting Adventures
  • High Ropes Courses
  • Paintball
men love and thrive in our program. It’s more than just an, “outdoor rehab,”  it’s an opportunity for our men to bond and grow.  It sets the stages for healthy relationships, dealing with uncertainty, facing fears, and other important life lessons.  Meanwhile, they rediscover the, “natural highs,” of life.
Men White Water Rafting
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.

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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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