Asheville, NC

Call: 828.350.9960

Hello Valued Customer, 


As the holidays approach, I am reminded of how difficult it can be to welcome our children back into our home, especially if they have struggled with substance abuse. Memories of the chaos and confusion that marked our child’s active addiction may haunt us daily.

Unfortunately, even if our loved one is in recovery, the effects of trauma can live on as if no time has passed at all.


Let me be clear, addiction is traumatizing, not only for the person who has been using but for everyone around him or her — especially close friends and family. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in families who experience a child in crisis is real and can be long lasting if it isn’t recognized and addressed.


Do you sometimes flinch when the phone rings or you see a text come through? Do you feel compelled to help and helpless at the same time? Do you tense up at the thought of spending time together? These may be signs that you are suffering the effects of trauma.


If your child is in our transitional living program or a treatment program, I encourage you to ask for help so you can heal along with your child. I also encourage you to read this month’s article on family PTSD for more information and ways to make holiday gatherings less stressful.


Wishing you many reasons to give thanks,


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

Founder & Director

Phone: 828-350-9960



We're all moved in! 


You may recall our announcement last month that we were making a move into three different houses in Asheville. It was a big project, but with a lot of help from the guys, we made the move successfully! Below are pictures of the Houston House, Arts District House, and the Grail House. Please visit the photo gallery section of our website to see more photos from inside the three Next Step houses.


We are excited to announce our first IOP graduates 


Our Intensive Outpatient Program, or IOP, is designed to give extra clinical support during the early weeks of recovery when the risk of relapse is highest. We are excited to announce that our first program was a success! Here's what some of the graduates had to say:

"IOP was the perfect activity to both keep my week busy while also being able to fully focus on my recovery. The top notch staff members and therapists made this 12 week program one I will take with me wherever I go" L.M.


"IOP was a great experience. It helped me get to know the people in the program as well as exposing me to the 12 steps of recovery. Thank you Susan and Next Step Recovery for setting this us." N.K.


"Next Step IOP is a good interactive environment where guys can learn how to cope without substances and talk about their problems without being judged. It is a safe place and fun but also informative for recovery. The staff is friendly and welcoming and always willing to listen." M.C.


Nominate Your Rock Star & Help Us Rock Recovery 


At Next Step Recovery, our recovery “rock stars” include all the people who work closely with residents to ensure they have everything they need to succeed.

You may not realize it, but you can be a recovery rock star too! Your generous support of our non-profit will help ensure we can continue to transform lives - more than 1,000 of them in the past 10 years.


As part of your donation, we’re asking you to nominate your own rock star - a public figure, family member or friend who demonstrates the courage and commitment it takes to “rock” recovery. We’ll hang your star on our holiday tree to inspire us throughout the season! Learn more...