DBT Life Skills

Located in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, we are pleased to offer a powerful tool to assist addiction recovery: DBT Life Skills. Our program is designed to complement our 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://NSRofAsheville.org/life-skills/

NSR of Asheville’s DBT Life Skill classes was implemented by Susan Stader, NSR of Asheville’s Founder & Director, who believes that DBT skills will prove to be more useful for participants in the treatment for addiction recovery, particularly in these times. While this also means that sober living residents will have to contend with certain new responsibilities, our sobriety center is confident that the overall experience will ultimately serve to prepare men 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 in participants (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 they 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, the facility also makes 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://NSRofAsheville.org/life-skills/

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As part of their responsibilities, recovery housing residents are required to choose between working, volunteering, attending Intensive Outpatient Program, 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 recovery residents the tools they need to address their difficulties. Residents should be aware that they are responsible for house chores and meal preparation as well during this period.

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 this also explains why we are situated amid beautiful Asheville scenery as well as welcoming locals.

Two key facts serve to illustrate how successful we are in this regard. On one hand, our residents tend to stay an average of 6-9 months despite the center only requiring that they commit to three (the length of stay is re-evaluated by the Executive Director if they stay for 12 months). On the other hand, our residents are often quite willing to share how much our programs helped them get their lives back on track.

As a Google review from Ben Buglisi shares, “I just want to say that NSR of Asheville 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 about us directly can contact us. Further details are available on our official website as well. Similarly, you may apply for our programs here: https://NSRofAsheville.org/application/.




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