Asheville, NC

Call: 828.350.9960

Hello Valued Customer,


When someone we love embarks on a recovery journey, it represents a unique opportunity for everyone in the family. It opens the door for not just one recovery, but many. But where does this door lead?


This year, you can claim your own personal recovery which, paradoxically, helps everyone else claim theirs too, including your family member recovering from substance abuse. Even better, your recovery is not dependent on anyone else’s. Your efforts, and yours alone, will determine just how much healing you experience.


Where would you like recovery to take you in 2018? Check out this article for some great inspiration.


Happy New Year!


Susan Stader, MS, LPC, LCAS, CCS-I

Founder & Director

Phone: 828-350-9960


Martial Arts for Recovery

Help Next Step Intern Alex Mandikos start a Martial Arts program in Asheville

My name is Alex Mandikos. I am 29 years old, and am currently a graduate student at Western Carolina University in the Masters of Social Work program. I am pursuing licensure as a clinical social worker, and a clinical addictions specialist. In 2015 I started a successful martial arts program for at risk youth in Greensboro, NC.

I am raising money to start a similar martial arts program for young men in Asheville, NC. Martial arts instill values such as honesty, loyalty, respect, dedication, and determination. These attributes can be transferred into recovery and other areas of life. Donations will be used to purchase training equipment including: mats, gloves, shin guards, heavy bags and GI’s (uniforms). Visit Alex's Fundraising page.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program: The Bridge to Long-term Recovery.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides the perfect transition to transitional living for those who have just left inpatient treatment, have complicated addictions histories with multiple relapses, or are new to recovery. Our 12-week 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 equine therapy twice a month to encourage healing, personal empowerment and community building.

While offering many of the same benefits, our program is housed within our transitional living program and is completely voluntary and closed to the outside community. Our belief is that having small groups of people is more benefical to our program participants. 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. Learn more about our IOP.