Our Founder

Susan Stader, MS, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS

Susan Stader is the Founder and Executive Director of NSR of Asheville, a 12-step based transitional living community for adult men in early recovery. Since 2006, NSR of Asheville provides safe, substance-free housing and a highly structured recovery programming to support long-term recovery. Susan oversees NSR of Asheville’s programs, manages a staff of 10, and provides clinical support to residents.

Susan understands firsthand the power of community for restoring dignity and a sense of purpose. It transformed her own life many times. As a teenager in a therapeutic residential school, she learned how to claim her self-worth and became inspired to help others do the same.

Susan on her journey discovered the Camphill Special Schools Movement which is therapeutic residential communities for handicapped children and adults based on Rudolf Steiner’s educational theories. Susan moved to Pennsylvania where she lived and worked for three years as support staff and a 10th grade Waldorf curative education teacher. She then moved to England to study anthroposophical counseling at Emerson College.

Shortly after graduating, Susan was called again to serve and live in community, this time in a therapeutic boarding school for teens in Arezzo, Italy. Susan supported students in her role as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Having come full circle, Susan’s life purpose crystallized.

She moved back to the U.S. with her husband and daughter and spent the next 10 years pursuing her formal education, earning her master’s degree in community counseling and certification as a licensed professional counselor and clinical addictions specialist.

Susan worked for several years as the lead counselor for a large residential community of men recovering from substance use disorders. During this time, Susan developed a robust curriculum that educated residents about addictions recovery and relapse prevention tools and strategies.

In early 2006, Susan learned that a local halfway house was closing its doors, leaving a critical shortage of recovery housing in the Asheville area. To make matters worse, there wasn’t any sober housing offering the highly structured recovery support and education that research shows are critical to early recovery success.

Susan didn’t hesitate to take the next step in her life’s work. In May 2006, Susan and NSR of Asheville welcomed its first residents and the program quickly filled with a long waiting list.

Since then, NSR of Asheville has helped hundreds of men rebuild their lives, reclaim their dignity and restore their hope. It has also continued to expand its programs and services to meet the ongoing need for safe, structured, and effective early recovery support.

What They Say About Us

"Before coming to NSR of Asheville, my life was in tatters. I felt defeated. The first day I arrived and was swinging. I was so angry. I was lost, hurt, and confused. I was living in paralyzing fear; yet, this place, these people, accepted me... They have shown me that a new life is possible. The staff here helps me grow into a better man every day... I owe the person I am today to NSR of Asheville's guidance."

J.C., Beloved Client

"NSR of Asheville 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 NSR of Asheville will forever hold a special place in my heart."

B.D., Beloved Resident

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

T.A., Beloved Resident

"I am so grateful for NSR of Asheville and all the staff members. This is definitely the place I needed to come after I got out of treatment. Here I got connected to the recovery community in Asheville and made some good friends here at the houses. They have not only taught me what I need to do to stay clean but I have learned so many life lessons while I was here. I will stay in contact with them because this place has given me my life back and for that I am so grateful!"

Z.A., Beloved Resident

"NSR of Asheville was exactly what I needed in the early stages of my recovery! I spent so many years of my life hiding behind a bottle, and I couldn’t take it anymore! Susan and her staff helped me to get back on my feet and start the process moving on and loving life without the use of alcohol or drugs. After my 3 months here, I chose to stay in Asheville and continue to work on my self, with their guidance. I couldn’t imagine my life today if I was still stuck in my old ways, Thank you NSR of Asheville!"

Z.B., Beloved Client

"You may have to leave family, friends and your old life behind as you start recovery. NSR of Asheville provides not only a home for you to start over, it gives you a spiritual cleansing. From the staff to my housemates, They 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 Resident

My son completed 3 months of sober living at NSR of Asheville, 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 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 NSR of Asheville. Thank you.

K.W., Family Member

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Recovery is the Real Adventure.  Embrace the journey with other young men on the same path.  Lean on NSR of Asheville as your support network while 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.