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We offer a powerful tool to assist addiction recovery: DBT Life Skills. Our program is designed to complement our facility’s existing offerings and give men recovering from addiction the foundation they need to provide for themselves and build a better life. This progress is vital to successfully dealing with addiction over the course of a lifetime. Learn more here: https://www.nextsteprecovery.com/life-skills/.

The DBT Life Skill classes were implemented by Susan Stader, Next Step Recovery’s Founder & Director, who believes that DBT skills are more useful for participants in treatment for addiction recovery, particularly in these times. While this also means that patients will have to contend with certain new responsibilities, we are confident that the overall experience will ultimately serve to prepare them for transitioning back into daily life without drugs and alcohol.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder. However, its uses in other avenues were eventually discovered, and it is now utilized to treat eating disorders, depression, and a variety of other conditions. While DBT skills instill four distinct lessons (mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation), it is notable that anyone can benefit from learning these skills regardless of whether they have a mental illness or not. As a result, we believe that this factor makes DBT skills a perfect addition to the various forms of assistance we already offer.

The DBT skills class is being offered in place of many of the options our facility had provided in the past, with classes being held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (Relapse Prevention group is every Thursday evening). In light of the fact that most if not all individuals will have to address financial hurdles as they become more independent, we also make it a point to hold a 6-week class on money management through OnTrack. This is not always possible, however, so participants are encouraged to check with the office if they are interested in learning more about this program and when it is scheduled. Learn more here: https://NextStepRecovery.com/life-skills/.


As part of our responsibilities, sober living residents at NSR of Asheville are required to choose between working, volunteering, attending Intensive Outpatient Programs, or attending school full time for a minimum of 30 hours per week. To ensure they are progressing as intended, they will also have to attend support meetings that take place throughout the week. We understand that all manner of challenges, big or small, can have a greater perceived weight without an established support network to help. As such, these meetings can bring any issues to the fore early on and give men the tools they need to address their difficulties. 

We seek to provide a slew of resources that are helpful to young men in the early stages of recovery. Our approach to this task is built on a foundation of a supportive community and engaging environment — and we are also situated amid the beautiful Asheville scenery as well as a welcoming local recovery community.

As a Google review from Ben Buglisi shares, “I just want to say that Next Step Recovery has provided me with so many tools in order to be successful on my road to recovery. The staff is always there when you need it and are helpful for whatever you are going through. The houses are clean and in order, which was needed for me in sobriety. I will be forever grateful for what they have done for me during my time here. Thanks, Susan and the wonderful staff.”

Those who wish to learn more may contact us directly to follow up on any further inquiries. Similarly, interested parties may apply for our recovery programs here: https://NextStepRecovery.com/application/.


NSR of Asheville and Next Step Recovery created a special IOP, Extended Care and Sober Living Environment model. Click Here to Learn More.

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