Adventure Therapy: Fighting Addiction with Fun

Joy can be hard to find at the beginning of the recovery journey.

This is one of the reasons relapse is so easy.  Still, “hard to find” does not mean, “nonexistent.”  Not only is true happiness possible post-addiction, it’s more likely.

At NSR of Asheville, we specialize in helping young men in recovery find joy in sobriety.  For us, this is a crucial part of the addiction recovery process.  We show our residents how to live out a healthy lifestyle by creating positive experiences without drugs or alcohol.

As we say:

“Recovery is the Real Adventure.”

Our program is designed to help men who are seeking long-term recovery find joy along that journey.,

Finding the Fun in Sobriety with Outdoor Adventure Therapy

Addiction recovery doesn’t happen on accident.

NSR of Asheville bridges the gap between inpatient treatment and sustainable sobriety.

Adventure therapy helps make the aftermath of addiction feel less brutal.  This fills those striving for recovery with hope and optimism about the future.  Our residents have a chance to enjoy watersports, paintball, high ropes courses, hikes through the majestic Asheville area, and more.

We use activities like these to remind the men in our program that life is worth living—even without drugs.

Begin rediscovering life’s adventure with NSR of Asheville today!

Ready Start Your Journey to a Life of Sustainable Addiction Recovery?

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

Previous slide
Next slide

IOP & Transitional Sober Living

NSR of Asheville focuses on life after medical detox, inpatient treatment, or when regular outpatient programs are not enough.

Our program features two major pillars:

Extended Care & Sober Living Program

True recovery takes time.  Our long-term addiction treatment programs facilitate true healing through structure and community.  We help you replace unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with new ones.  Day by day, you develop habits that lead to a better, happier life.  

Extended Care & Sober Living →

Intensive Outpatient Program

Next Step Recovery provides our intensive outpatient program helping those striving for recovery continue substance abuse therapy outside of an, “inpatient,” environment.  It is an ideal way to continue treatment while still living a normal lifestyle.  Next Step Recovery offers IOP for both our residents and The Greater Asheville Area.


The main goal of our program is to help young men transcend their addictions and create fulfilling lives.

Compassionate, Clinical Care

NSR of Asheville is big on evidence and empathy.

We implement addiction therapies with evidence behind them.  We facilitate change with profound empathy for our clients and residents.

Taking Full Advantage of Asheville

Rewiring the Brain for Sober Fun

NSR of Asheville adventure therapy helps men recovering from addiction feel the joy of life again.

Addiction wreaks havoc on the brain.  One effect is that it becomes hard to find joy in the first few months of recovery.  Our program combats that by putting young men in the thralls of adventure—where they can’t help but feel alive.

Some of our favorites:

  • Mountain Hikes
  • Rafting Adventures
  • High Ropes Courses
  • Paintball

Young men love and thrive in our program.

It’s more than just an, “outdoor rehab,”  it’s an opportunity for our young men to bond and grow.  It sets the stages for healthy relationships, dealing with uncertainty, facing fears, and other important life lessons.  Meanwhile, they rediscover the, “natural highs,” of life.

men white water rafting

View More Images of Asheville Adventures & Tour Our Sober Living Homes

Start Your Recovery Adventure Today

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.