Recovery Friendly Communities 2020

Recovery Friendly Communities 2020

We want to stress the importance of having Recovery Friendly Communities for those who are striving to be independent from addiction. Recovery Friendly Communities are places where the people, policies, or businesses are open and welcoming to people who are recovering from an addiction. Being Recovery Friendly has a number of characteristics including being: judgement free, supportive, approachable, empathetic, discrimination free, and stigma free. More about this on

Susan Stader, Executive Director NSR of Asheville, says, “The journey to obtaining long-term sobriety is an incredibly vulnerable time for those who are no longer sure where they fit in or who will accept them without judgment.” A supportive community of businesses, neighbors, friends, and family are so important for success. Addiction not only can hurt an individual and their loved ones, it can hurt an entire community, therefore, it takes an entire community to fight this disease.

Here at NSR of Asheville, we recognize and honor the basic human and stress the importance of Recovery Friendly Communities for Those Recovering from Addiction.  Read more at rights of people who are in recovery. These include the right to be recognized as individuals fighting with an actual and complicated disease; the right to be seen as individuals with unique strengths who are capable of growing and changing; the right to be free from discrimination and stigma and they journey towards recovery; the right to hope that recovery is probable with sufficient support; the right to getting educated regarding the disease of addiction, prevention of relapse, and healthy coping strategies; the right to getting support for the trauma that is linked to addiction; the right to mental health support; the right to rejoin communities and take part in meaningful work and interactions; and the right to direct their recovery and define their lives.

Our program combines these philosophies with our Extended Care Recovery Model for Transitional Living with the ability to integrate Intensive Outpatient Program IOP, which is a 15-hour per week therapy program to assist those who have been discharged from inpatient programs such as medical detox or residential treatment programs. This model can provide the quality of care that is required to help patients avoid relapse by providing 12 step recovery framework, relapse prevention education, mindfulness & self-regulation tools, stress management techniques, trauma resiliency training, distress tolerance training, and DBT skills group. We take holistic approach to addiction, providing the patients with the skills that they require in order to achieve long term addiction recovery.

Our programs are based on the belief that each patient struggling with addiction has his own journey and that there are still many things to discover regarding this addiction because it has been observed that many recovering patients suffer from a feeling that they are directionless after the detox. Our program is designed to fight that with a daily routine that helps in reestablishing a normal rhythm, a sense of camaraderie, and provision of ongoing clinical support. Combining the love of a Community for those in Recovery helps aid our efforts. Those who would like to get more information about the services offered by NSR of Asheville may want to check out their website, contact them through the phone or via email, or they may want to follow their LinkedIn page at



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