Otter House Recovery

Sober Living

Why Our Sober Living Program?

Our Asheville sober living home is designed to be a safe and supportive environment where young men struggling with substance abuse can focus on developing a strong foundation for long-term sobriety. Our highly experienced staff use a variety of approaches firmly rooted in the 12 Steps of Recovery. 

Residents work to examine the underlying issues behind their drug or alcohol addiction, develop new skills and coping strategies, and learn how to live a happy, joyous, and free life in newfound sobriety. Graduates of Otter House Recovery’s sober living program go on to achieve their goals. Even years later, graduates continue to rely on the support of the sober community they formed at Otter House Recovery, and many remain involved in the workings of the house.

Phases of Sober Living

The structure of sober living tends to run in phases of increasing independence. Any given Sober Living Home program’s phases will widely differ depending on how they operate.  The level of support and services offered drastically alter what is required:

Restrictive phase – This starts residents with a “mental detox”.  From intake, a resident focuses on the basics of living in sobriety with isolation from triggers.

  • May last around a month
  • May have a first-week “blackout” with no phone or computer access
  • Advised to not work or attend school temporarily
  • Attend therapy sessions if applicable
  • Begin household duties, such as chores and errands
  • Attend health appointments (dental, vision, medical)
  • Introduce healthy activities like fitness and volunteering
  • Select and attend peer support group sessions
  • Restricted to each Sober Living Home – provided transportation for work, school or home activities

Reintroduction phase – This phase gradually adds personal responsibilities in the resident’s life. Once basic responsibilities are handled, related privileges will be restored as well.

  • Start school or work
  • Continue therapy, support group, errands, etc.
  • Personal transport allowed, restricted to essential activities only
  • Location may be monitored/shared with household via phone app

Self-sufficiency phase – This phase give residents more accountability before their transition to independent living.  They communicate their activities with the Sober Living Home staff, but ultimately make decisions independently.

  • Fully independent transportation
  • Preparation to move into the resident’s own home/apartment.
  • Must still follow the Sober Living Home eligibility requirements


If a resident regresses or relapses, they may be required to step back into restrictions.

Our Sober Living Keys To Success

You are in the right place with many people willing to guide, counsel, and motivate you on your recovery journey. In our Asheville sober living home, we have various programs to help improve your life skills and set you up for success.

One-on-One ​Mentoring

One-on-one mentoring is a crucial aspect of addiction recovery. Through sponsorship in 12-step programs and within the recovery home as well, residents have access to the experience, strength, and hope of individuals who are further along on their sober paths.

Medication Monitoring

Otter House Recovery coordinates with psychiatrists and medical professionals to make sure that residents are getting the care they need. Many men turn to substances initially as a way of self-medicating undiagnosed mental health problems. For these individuals, it is absolutely essential that they receive the proper pharmacological needs that their conditions warrant as directed by their physicians. Otter House Recovery’s residents also benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which helps mitigate withdrawal symptoms and alleviate cravings.

Money Management

Because addiction and its associated lifestyle leads to poor decision-making, many people arrive in sobriety with considerable debt on their hands. Otter House Recovery’s staff works with each individual to determine their financial situation and plan accordingly. Through a combination of budgeting, debt relief programs, and employment support, men at Otter House Recovery can begin to take steps toward financial freedom.

Employment Support

Unemployment, precarious employment, and losing a job are all common among people with substance abuse problems. For many newly sober men, getting a job or finding a career can be daunting prospects. Otter House Recovery works with residents to get them placed in jobs while they live there. Working while pursuing addiction recovery not only fosters accountability, integrity, and self-sufficiency, it prepares men for lives outside of a recovery home.

Group Meals

Otter House Recovery holds regular group meals during which residents come together as a community. The house also holds regular meals for both residents and family members. These are great opportunities for families to see how far their children have progressed.


Residents at Otter House Recovery have regular transportation needs, ranging from 12-step meetings to outpatient therapy appointments. Otter House Recovery not only coordinates transportation in advance for all residents, but staff or residents with more sober time provide support and supervision on all outings.

On-Site Staff

Otter House Recovery’s staff members possess years of experience in addiction recovery. With trained staff members on-site 24/7, residents can be assured that their living quarters are safe and that they will always have access to necessary resources.

Family ​Services

No one can get sober alone. Otter House Recovery is committed to including family members in the recovery process. Staff members work with residents and families to repair relationships and foster productive communication.

Sober Living in Asheville, NC

Otter House Recovery offers a range of recovery tools for individuals who are working to get relief from the obsessive desire to engage in substance abuse.

Over the course of each day, residents take part in a number of solo and group activities that facilitate recovery from substance use disorder. Not only do residents work to obtain sobriety in the here-and-now, they gain skills and strategies that will lower their likelihood of relapse even years down the line.

Our program is firmly rooted in the principles of 12 Step Recovery Programs, as originally laid out by Alcoholics Anonymous. During their time at Design for Recovery, residents attend daily meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Doing so allows them to expand their sober social support group beyond the confines of the sober living home and into the broader world. 

By the time an individual graduates from Otter House Recovery, they will already have strong relationships in place at recovery meetings throughout Asheville, leaving them well-prepared for sober life outside the walls of sober living. Residents also work through all of the 12 steps during their time at Otter House Recovery, working with sober mentors or sponsors, who provide a wealth of first-hand experience in recovering from addiction.

Otter House Recovery is committed to the idea that recovery from drug addiction is about more than just the removal of substances from the body. The process of recovery involves dealing with the underlying issues behind the addiction as well as developing the tools and coping strategies required for long term success in sober life down the road. Otter House Recovery offers a number of services to aid people along their paths to recovery.