Level of Care 2.1
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Transition with the right support to prevent relapse. At Next Step Recovery, our intensive outpatient program services in Asheville, NC, are designed to provide a level of care and structure that will allow patients to practice what they have learned during their treatment for addiction, depression, eating disorders, or any other mental health disorder. Our IOP program offers a safe and supportive place to continue the recovery process in an environment that is both caring and therapeutic.

What is SACOT Treatment/Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

Intensive outpatient treatment is an innovative treatment approach that addresses drug or alcohol addiction and associated mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and more. This type of treatment allows people to receive intensive care without having to go through a detoxification process or require 24-hour supervision for addiction recovery.

An IOP program in Asheville, North Carolina, grants you the freedom to maintain much of your normal routine while undergoing substance abuse treatment. This level of care has grown in popularity because of its affordability and flexibility for those who have family or work commitments they can’t step away from to participate in inpatient programs. It is also beneficial for those seeking additional support in their mental health or substance abuse recovery efforts.

IOP programs offer evidence-based therapies combined with support groups and experiential activities that help break negative thinking patterns and create healthy coping skills to be used on the recovery journey. With personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs, highly trained healthcare professionals provide a supportive environment offering the tools needed to maintain long-term recovery.

During intensive outpatient programs, many treatment services and therapy sessions are available for emotional support during the addiction recovery process, such as cognitive and behavioral therapy, group therapy sessions, family therapy, life-skills workshops, various support groups, and individual counseling. Most participants find that group therapies offer valuable assistance in building peer support and coping strategies during intensive outpatient treatment programs.

How Our Intensive Outpatient Programs Work (SACOT/IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Next Step Recovery is an optional 3-day program while the Substance Abuse Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment (SACOT) program is 5-days-a-week lasting the first 30 days.

The 12-week intensive outpatient program at our outpatient facility is designed to give extra clinical and 12-step support during the early weeks of recovery when the risk of relapse is highest. Next Step Recovery’s SACOT/IOP uses a three-pronged approach that includes intensive group therapy, individual counseling, and 12-step immersion education to support long-term recovery. 

While offering many of the same benefits of inpatient care and PHP treatment, our IOP treatment goes beyond traditional outpatient treatment by being housed within our transitional living program. Upon completing our 12-week intensive program, residents continue to receive recovery support through our transitional living program, including case management, 12-step support, relapse prevention education, mindfulness meditation, and adventure therapy. Our SACOT/IOP programs are open to the community of Asheville and nearby cities in North Carolina. Sober Living is not a requirement to attend our SACOT/IOP programs. 

SACOT/IOP Program Asheville, NC: Am I a Good Candidate?

Since an Intensive Outpatient Program can serve a wide range of functions, various candidates can benefit from either SACOT or IOP treatment in Asheville. If you have recently completed detox, residential treatment, or a partial hospitalization program and need extra support to transition back into daily life, an SACOT/IOP program may be the best option. SACOT/IOP services are also beneficial for individuals struggling with substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, or mental health issues who cannot attend inpatient treatment for various reasons. In addition, SACOT programs are great for those needing more intensive treatment for the first 30 days in residence. 

If you’re wondering if our SACOT/IOP program is right for you, Next Step Recovery offers a free assessment with one of our clinicians to determine which treatment plan best fits your individual needs and goals.

Intensive Outpatient Program Eligibility

As part of admission to one of our intensive outpatient programs, all clients are provided with an individualized comprehensive clinical assessment to identify the level and type of support that will best support their long-term recovery goals. If it is determined that extra support would be beneficial, clients may be encouraged to participate in our Sober Living community and/or work with other medical providers, such as a psychiatrist.

To ensure the quality and safety of our programming, Next Step Recovery’s SACOT/IOP treatment is only available to residents of our transitional living program who have met program eligibility criteria.

Payment and Insurance

We are in-network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Our SACOT/IOP programs may be covered by most major health insurance plans. We also accept cash, check, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). We do not accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time. Transitional living program fees are not covered by IOP fees and are assessed separately.

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Intensive Outpatient Program Features

Open to the Asheville Community
Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

12 Step Recovery 


Relapse Prevention 


Mindfulness & Self 

Regulation Tools

Stress Management 


Trauma Resiliency 


Distress Tolerance 


DBT Skills Group &

Life Skills Group

Men’s Issues in

Early Recovery

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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