Our men’s recovery program is led by Executive Director Susan Stader, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Susan is supported by a professional and caring staff that includes certified substance abuse counselors and peer support specialists, case managers, life skills consultants, and a jobs coordinator. Residents have 24-hour onsite access to staff to ensure they are fully integrated in Next Step’s highly structured recovery community.
Our team includes all of our residents who live and work together in our supportive recovery community. Men who are farther along in their recovery process serve as mentors to newer residents, and every resident has an AA or NA sponsor who supports them in their 12-step work.
Susan Stader, MS, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS
is Next Step Recovery’s Founder and Executive Director. Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist who holds a master’s degree in community counseling. Susan oversees program and staff development and provides clinical support for residents. She founded Next Step Recovery in 2006 to fill a critical gap in structured sober housing for men recovering from substance use disorders.
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Terence Streeter, CSAC
is our Program Director and has been with Next Step Recovery since 2008. Terry maintains the quality and structure of our daily programming by providing staff training and support, substance abuse counseling, and individual case management. He ensures residents comply with house policies and actively work on their recovery to witness miracles in their own lives. Terry completed Substance Abuse Counselor certification in 2015. He is passionate about spending time with his family and supporting others in recovery.
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John E. Ferris
is our Admissions Coordinator, having known Susan for the past 6 years within the treatment community. John understood the Next Step model for recovery and admired Susan’s passion and her unwavering desire to help anyone she can. With his experience of addictive disorders and the various approaches to treatment, he leapt at the opportunity to join the Next Step Team. John’s compassion and empathy for people in need are evident when he answers the phone. He is eager to be a welcoming voice as the client takes the “next step” to recovery.
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is also our Admissions Coordinator, with years of experience as an Admissions Director for another facility. Luana has a masters level in clinical education along with nine years of Al-Anon. This experience and education has equipped her to work with families and clients when they make that initial desperate phone call. She understands that a sense of urgency and compassion are needed to help every client and every family feel confident that they will get the help they need to ultimately lead their best life through recovery.
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Bryan Johnson, BA, CADC
Bryan is our Director of Business Development and has been professionally trained in various models of Intervention and appropriate approach methods. In his time of visiting over 200 treatment centers across the country, he became familiar with Next Step Recovery and found their model for recovery to be the next step above all the rest. He knew right away that this was where he wanted to bring his experience and passion for the recovery community. During his rare downtime, he can usually be found hiking in the woods, fly fishing or hanging out on his boat floating on a lake.
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Dr. Sandra Newes
is a licensed psychologist who supports clients in our intensive outpatient program by helping them develop self-regulation skills that calm the nervous system and increase distress tolerance. Sandy is a certified trauma resiliency trainer and uses somatic and neurofeedback approaches to help clients address the anxiety, trauma, chronic stress, and self-regulation issues that are often associated with substance abuse. She has also been involved in outdoor behavioral health for many years and brings an experiential approach to her work. In her free time, she loves introducing her 4- and 6-year-old boys to fun in the outdoors and loves to do anything that involves playing on or near water.
Philip Cooper, CPSS, AAS
is from Hickory, NC but has lived in Asheville for more than 10 years. He is a House/Case Manager at Next Step, as well as a Case Manager at the Crisis Unit, Neil Dobbins Center in Asheville. Philip is a Certified Peer Support Specialist with a degree in Human Services Technologies. Philip is committed in helping the residents he works with to utilize the “tools” and processes they have learned to stay strong in their recovery program. He believes he is a vessel to restoring hope in his clients.
is Next Step Recovery’s night watchman. John has been with NSR since it’s early inception in 2006. He makes sure to check in on current residents at different times throughout the night. If there is an emergency between 12AM-5AM, John is the man residents call. John’s dedication and willingness to keep the Next Step community safe and healthy is felt by both the residents and staff. He is a valued member of the Next Step team.
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is a house manager who decided to make Asheville home after participating as a resident in the Next Step Recovery program. Elliot realized just how important it was for his recovery to stay in the community where he felt supported and accepted. He has completed one-third of his master’s degree in social work, and enjoys working with people having worked in the past at a youth and family center as well as with children with developmental disabilities. He is excited to work with a group of people where he can have a positive impact.
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Alex Mandikos, MSW, LCAS-A
is a house manager and case manager at Next Step. As a former resident of the program, Clark is a testament to “walking the talk” of the steps of a strong recovery program. He values the kindness and compassion, guidance and support that was shown to him and welcomes the opportunity to extend these to the current residents in the community. He is grateful for the opportunities his recovery has afforded him and is eager to guide the residents of Next Step in maintaining a life of sobriety.
Before arriving at Next Step, Jack worked as a wilderness therapy guide as well as a staff member in other residential treatment centers. None of the programs were specifically focused on addiction and recovery but he always felt that recovery had saved his life and he wanted to help other people with theirs. When he discovered Next Step, he realized this program was the perfect fit for what he wanted to do with his life. Jack really enjoys supporting others with addictions who are so motivated to make a change in their lives. As house manager and case manager, he is an effective resource for the residents of Next Step.
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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.