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Dear Friend,


I have often heard it said that relapse is a part of recovery. For many people in early
recovery, this statement may be more true than not. Especially for someone who tries to
stop using on his own or who spends a few weeks in a treatment program and then tries
to return to “normal” life.

The problem with this approach is that “normal” is usually littered with triggers, friends
who are still using, unresolved (and often intensified) stressors and no coping
mechanisms to address them. What happens next?


My personal experience taught me how important it was to surround myself with a safe,
supportive, and sober community of peers. I discovered quickly after leaving school that
there was safety in numbers.


A long time ago, I was a teacher in a community that worked with handicapped children. It was there that I learned about Waldorf education and how unique it truly is. With that experience in mind, I followed Rudolf Steiner's idea to arrange a different theme and counselor (teacher) for each of the three IOP days each week.


Tuesday is a process group with Dr. Sandra Newes, who incorporates a resiliency model into her psychotherapy group. Wednesday's group is with Terry Streeter and Alex Mandikos, who pick up where Tuesday's group ends and relate it to men's issues and the 12 Steps. Lastly, Thursdays are spent at Equine Therapy with Andrea Burgess. Andrea does a beautiful job showing the guys how the horses are mirrors of themselves and how they relate to the world. At the end of the week, Terry, Alex, or myself will work one-on-one with each IOP client to process the week and issues that arise from the week’s experiences.


In the words of new graduate JW, “I thought 3 months after rehab was unneeded, but after completing it, I still have a lot of work to do outside of NA for personal growth. For me personally, IOP was more beneficial than rehab.”


We do everything in our power to help our residents build a strong foundation that reduces their risk for both relapse and for overdose. We also give them the tools and the encouragement to build a life that is worth living.

And that, in the end, is perhaps the best relapse prevention plan there is: building a life
worth living. And that may take a little time. But it is definitely time well spent.


Take the steps needed to prevent relapse -- read more here.




Susan Stader, MS, LPC, LCAS, CCS

Founder & Director

Phone: 828-350-9960


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Open Letter - Recovery After Relapse

Written by Next Step House Manager and Case Manager, Jashun Uberoi


When people talk about recovery from addiction, they often focus on the worst-case
scenario: relapse. As a person in recovery who has experienced relapse, I have come
to believe (1) relapse is not mandatory, (2) if it does happen, it can teach us something,
and (3) there are things we can do to move forward from relapse and back into

The main focus in recovery is on preventing relapse. Recovery programs are designed
to guide recovering addicts far away from it. A relapse usually occurs when someone
isn’t working their program of recovery or seeking guidance from peers with more
experience. Relapse may also occur when a challenge arises and steps aren’t taken to
address it or, worse, the problem is ignored.

For those of us who have experienced relapse, there is something to be learned from
the experience.


It was hard to swallow my pride and move forward after admitting defeat, but I am
grateful for the life that comes with recovery. I moved back into recovery by being willing
to follow suggestions, tackle my issues, be honest, maintain an open-mind, have
compassion for myself, stay determined, and be willing to learn. By maintaining this
outlook, I was finally able to see clearly and do what I needed to do to participate in


Read more here.



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