Asheville, NC

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Hello Valued Customer,

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word stigma as "a mark of shame or discredit." As human beings, we naturally encounter a wide range of emotions on a daily basis. Shame is a bitter feeling that some of us experience more than others.


Many addicts in recovery experience shame when interacting with people outside the recovery community, because of the powerful stigma that exists around addiction. That stigma is fueled by misunderstanding about the causes of addiction, which many still see as a moral failing rather than a brain disease influenced by family history, genes, childhood trauma, and even unintended consequences from medical treatment for pain. Stigma is also perpetuated by the shame and regret many of us feel about the things we did during active addiction.


So what can we do to combat stigma and make space for recovery and healing? This is no small challenge, but with these things in mind it’s one definitely worth taking up.


  • Recovery is an "inside job".
  • Educate yourself and others about the disease of addiction.
  • Choose your words carefully and avoid labels.
  • Surround yourself with allies.
  • Break the silence.


Want to know more? Read and share the full article about coming out of the shadows and breaking our addiction to shame.

Yours in strength,


Susan Stader, MS, LPC, LCAS, CCS

Founder & Director

Phone: 828-350-9960


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Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a success!

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our 12-week Intensive Outpatient Program 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 IOP uses a three-pronged approach that includes intensive group therapy, individual counseling, and 12-step immersion education to support long-term recovery. Participants also explore wilderness and equine therapies to encourage healing, personal empowerment and community building.

While offering many of the same benefits, our program goes beyond traditional IOPs by being housed within our transitional living program. Upon completion of 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 outdoor adventures.


Here's what a couple of our recent IOP graduates have to say:


"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.

"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." MRK