At Ridge Recovery Homes, our mission is to make sustainable recovery a reality by providing a safe, healthy and supportive recovery environment that fosters growth and healing.
Meet the people behind the Mission.
Nick Short, CSAC Founder and Executive Director
Jeremy Stalls, CPSS Direct Care Coordinator
Alex Vicroy, CPSS, CSAC-R Program Director
We believe strongly in the 12 steps and in the therapeutic value of one addict or alcoholic helping another. Our founder, Nick Short, is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and has been working in the substance abuse field since 2012. His passion for helping men in early recovery, coupled with the compassion and skill of the clinical team, provides a safe, supportive environment for men in early recovery to achieve stability and freedom. We believe recovery can be a reality for anyone.
Ridge Recovery Homes provides accountability, clinical support, and a safe and serene living environment that fosters healthy and sustainable growth for men in the early stages of recovery. We believe in a holistic approach that encourages physical, emotional, spiritual,and mental wellness.
We believe in the power of connection to self and others, and provide avenues and a climate to allow for healthy relationships. It’s not just about the staff and structure. The men in our homes will become lifelines for one another.
We believe recovery is serious business, and that recovery can and should be fun.
Our message is one of hope. Freedom from addiction is possible. We can help.
We are owned and operated by a seasoned substance abuse counselor. As such, we believe in offering the following services and tools.
24 hour staff
Check-ins with a certified peer support specialist and/or certified substance abuse counselor
Daily morning meditation meetings
Group work, led by a master’s level clinician
In-house, family style dinner and house meeting; includes life skills and cooking classes
Activities, ranging from movies, fly fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, etc.
Inclusive, clinically sound family work, including weekly family updates
Medication management services
Tiered step-down system
Regular drug and alcohol monitoring
Referrals to appropriate clinical services
Access to financial consulting for budgeting and financial stability
“Ridge Recovery changed my life. The structure they provided gave me the tools I needed to make positive changes in several parts of my life. After living in many different sober houses in the Asheville Area, it was refreshing to see staff who were not only personally invested in my success, but also held themselves to the highest ethical standards. I would recommend Ridge Recovery to anyone who is struggling with addiction and needs more than an average sober house can provide.” -Tim (Alumni)
“My experience with Ridge Recovery was beyond expectations. I couldn’t of asked for a more conducive environment to begin my journey in long term recovery. The beautiful residence and amenities provided made me feel right at home. The life skills and therapeutic groups prepared me tremendously for a making a transition back to living a full life after leaving. I couldn’t of been more pleased, it truly saved my life.” -Jordan (Alumni)
Founder, Nick Short, CSAC, has been actively engaged in recovery and free from alcohol and drugs since 2010, after multiple prior attempts at sobriety. Once Nick “got it”, he became passionate about helping others achieve the same freedom and began to examine what was working, and what had been lacking. With a newfound purpose, Nick began pursuing certification as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and working in the field, first as a wilderness guide in an addictions program and then as a peer support specialist. His experience grew as he obtained certification and began working as a counselor in residential and outpatient treatment.
As Nick was working for other programs, he observed the need for additional support for clients and as he voiced his concerns to his close friend and roommate, “Ridge” Oliver, he continued to get nudges from his friend to do his own thing and open his own program. Ridge had a gift for calling out the giftings of others. In the midst of his own struggles with addiction, Ridge encouraged me in my journey and in my desire to help others.
On July 2, 2017, as Nick and his family celebrated his second chance at life, they recieved the devastating news that his dear friend and former roomate, Woolridge “Ridge” Oliver had ultimately lost his battle with addiction. Even more heartbreaking, was the discovery that Ridge was barely an arm’s length away from the lifesaving reversal drug, Narcan. The friend who encouraged Nick to follow his passion and pursue his dream was gone, but the inspiration remained and Ridge Recovery Homes was born.
“Ridge had always been such a huge supporter of my endeavors that I wanted to honor him and his family in my new adventure. We are always growing, always getting better and always trying to live up to a higher standard and make Ridge proud. His picture remains in our main home to this day.” – Nick Short, CSAC