Adventure Therapy: Fighting Addiction with Fun

Joy can be hard to find at the beginning of the recovery journey.

This is one of the reasons relapse is so easy.  Still, “hard to find” does not mean “nonexistent.”  Not only is happiness possible post-addiction, it’s more likely.

At Next Step Recovery, we specialize in helping young men in recovery find joy in sobriety.  For us, this is a crucial part of the addiction recovery process.  We show our residents how to live out a healthy lifestyle by creating positive experiences without drugs or alcohol.

As we say:

“Recovery is the Real Adventure.”

Our program is designed to help addictions find joy along that journey.

Finding the Fun in Sobriety with Outdoor Adventure Therapy

Addiction recovery doesn’t happen on accident.

Next Step bridges the gap between inpatient rehab and sustainable sobriety.

Adventure therapy helps make the aftermath of addiction feel less brutal.  This fills recovering addicts with hope and optimism about the future.  Our residents have a chance to enjoy watersports, paintball, high ropes courses, hikes through the majestic Asheville area, and more.

We use activities like these to remind addicts that life is worth living—even without drugs.

Begin rediscovering life’s adventure with Next Step Recovery today!


Ready to Take the Next Step to a Life of Sustainable Addiction Recovery?

What They Say About Us

"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., Beloved Patient

“This is the longest I have ever been clean and Next Step is the reason for that. It has provided me with a safe place to begin my recovery”

T.A., Beloved Patient

"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.

L.M., Beloved Patient

"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 up."

N.K., Beloved Patient

"IOP was a great transitional piece for me. It gave me the responsibility of being up and ready but was only 3 days a week. It also helped me learn to plan my days."

E.S.C., Beloved Patient

"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., Beloved Patient

"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."

M.R.K., Beloved Patient

My son completed 3 months of sober living at Next Steps Recovery, surrounded by kind, caring and compassionate staff, with all the skill sets required of true professionals to guide and assist him in living a productive, healthy , sober and happy life. He flourished and started to smile and enjoy life again during those three months. He now lives across the country and is starting to build a career for himself and is enjoying the normal things in life that had been missing for so many years. As a family we have been blessed to have been connected with Next Steps Recovery. Thank you.

K.W., Family Member

IOP & Transitional Sober Living

Next Step Recovery focuses on life after rehab.

Our program features two major pillars:

Sober Living Program

True recovery takes time.  Our long-term addiction treatment programs facilitate true healing through structure and community.  We help you replace unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with new ones.  Day by day, you develop habits that lead to a better, happier life.  

Sober Living →

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our intensive outpatient program helps recovering addicts continue substance abuse therapy outside of an “inpatient” environment.  It is an ideal way to continue treatment while still living a normal lifestyle.  Next Step offers IOP for both our residents and greater Asheville.


The main goal of our programs it to help young men transcend their addictions and create fulfilling lives.

Compassionate, Clinical Care

Next Step Recovery is big on evidence and empathy.

We implement addiction therapies with evidence behind them.  We facilitate change with profound empathy for our clients and residents.

Taking Full Advantage of Asheville

Rewiring the Brain for Sober Fun

Next Step adventure therapy helps recovering addicts feel the joy of life again.

Addiction wreaks havoc on the brain.  One effect is that it becomes hard to find joy in the first few months of recovery.  Our program combats that by putting young men in the thralls of adventure—where they can’t help but to feel alive.

Some of our favorites:

  • Mountain Hikes
  • Rafting Adventures
  • High Ropes Courses
  • Paintball

Young men love and thrive in our program.

It’s more than just an “outdoor rehab.”  It’s an opportunity for our young men to bond and grow.  It sets the stages for healthy relationships, dealing with uncertainty, facing fears, and other important life lessons.  Meanwhile, they can’t help but rediscover the “natural high” of life.

men white water rafting

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Ready for the Next Step?

Recovery is the Real Adventure.  Embrace the journey with other young men on the same path.  Lean on Next Step as your support network as you work toward sustainable sobriety.  You don’t have to make the climb back to a life of meaning by yourself, but you do have to start.  Take the next step toward your future today.