Sober Living Home & Halfway House in Asheville, NC

Footprints Recovery Residence House Philosophy

The Footprints Recovery House Philosophy

Our Sober Living Home and Halfway House Focuses on the 6 C’s of Recovery:

  • Community
  • Culture
  • Communication
  • Compassion
  • Connection
  • Consistency

The 6 C's of Footprints Recovery


Sometimes in life it feels like we are going it alone – we may have burned bridges, alienated loved ones, or closed ourselves off from the world. Community is the backbone of recovery and a lack of meaningful relationships is one of the most significant reasons for relapse. At Footprints, we help people break down their walls and learn to give and receive – taking them from isolation to inclusion. Being part of something bigger than ourselves is an essential part of the recovery process.


There is a “culture” in recovery – just like there is a “culture” in drug use. We may not even realize it, but often people abusing substances share common traditions, ideas, beliefs, and values. These become part of our identity and can be extremely hard to shake even after giving up the substance itself! To be successful in recovery, we will inevitably adopt new traditions, ideas, beliefs, and values. It’s quite uncomfortable and difficult to try on these new identities and it takes time for everything to feel like “the new normal.” At Footprints, we believe that this emphasis on providing a consistent, recovery-oriented culture sets us apart from other residence programs in our area.


In the field of psychotherapy, we find that modern-day humans aren’t very good with successful communication. This may be something you never consider, but poor communication skills can be problematic in every area of life, especially relationships, work, parenting, and even when it comes to communication with ourselves! We learn poor communication when we are young – at home with our families and growing up with friends. As adults, our well-defined ego defenses tend to take over and cause lots of problems interacting with people and environments. At Footprints, we believe that respectful, honest, down-to earth communication can solve any problem. We help residents learn and practice healthy communication skills and pride ourselves on managing high stress situations and potential conflicts that might otherwise deter recovery.


Compassion is truly the thing that connects one person to another. We tend to naturally have compassion for loved ones, but our individualistic dog-eat-dog world doesn’t allow for much left over for compassion toward others. Sometimes getting caught up in our addiction has caused us to stomp out compassion as a means for survival. Others of us are quite compassionate toward others, but haven’t learned how to be compassionate toward ourselves! Footprints doesn’t believe in older recovery traditions of using tough love and shame to motivate change – we know these methods don’t work and actually cause more harm. Instead, we take a compassionate approach to interacting with our residents that is fueled by authentic care and concern for the welfare of each person.


Without connection, we would perish. It’s been proven time and time again that humans need connection to form healthy meaningful lives. Psychologically speaking, the most important connections we make are with family, peers, and romantic partners. However, more often than not for people in recovery, these relationships are strained and perhaps a significant source of stress and even trauma. Over time, many people develop trust issues and have a difficult time making sincere connections – the risk of being hurt, rejected, or betrayed is just too great. As a result, we build a little wall around our hearts where we can feel safe and hide out. Our goal at Footprints is to help you chip away at this wall and figure out how to make those essential meaningful connections in your life.


Recovery is all about behavior change – if nothing changes, nothing changes. Anyone who has ever tried to train an unruly puppy or toddler may understand that consistency is at the core psychological concept of changing behaviors we don’t like into behaviors we like. Footprints makes every effort to establish house rules and treatment programs that that are fair, easy to follow, and make sense with respect to the goal of stability we are trying to achieve. We enforce our program guidelines consistently and ask that our residents help us maintain this wherever possible! In our own experience with recovery residences in general, we find this to be one of the most important house values that many programs don’t adhere to. At Footprints, you’ll know what to expect, what’s expected of you, and we will make sure you’re comfortable using the processes put in place to get all of your needs met.

Phases Of Our Program


  • Attend 5 recovery meetings a week
  • Obtain a sponsor and a Home Group
  • Obtain and maintain employment
  • Be current with payment arrangement
  • Meet with one staff member weekly
  • Attend all mandatory house meetings, including Sunday meetings and dinner
  • Must attend one recovery activity outside of the house
  • Complete 4 group sessions


  • Attend 4 recovery meetings a week
  • Actively engaged in 12 Step work with sponsor
  • Be current with payment arrangement
  • Meet with one staff member bi-weekly
  • Attend all mandatory house meetings including Sunday meetings and dinner
  • Attend one 12 Step social event
  • Organize one social activity with a minimum of 5 members of the recovery community


  • Attend 3 recovery meetings a week
  • Continue engagement in Step Work with sponsor
  • Be current with payment arrangement
  • Meet with one staff member monthly
  • Attend all mandatory house meetings, 2 Sunday meetings and dinner required
  • Engage in mentorship with Phase l residents for 10 hours
  • Engage in 10 hours of community service

Real Patient Testimonials

Footprints has offered my son a safe place to live while he navigates his sobriety journey. Mitchell has done an excellent job of recognizing red flags residents and often helps them seek additional services and treatment.
Crystol J.
Parent of Alumni
Footprints gave me the opportunity to change and help with addiction, The staff and management is some of the best there is I would recommend this to anyone looking a better way to live
Nick P.
Great sober living with excellent staff. Footprints granted me numerous opportunities to better my life and relationships. Mitchell, Adam and Merlin were always there for me and aided me back to life.
Michael W.
Aaron Hice
Aaron Hice
03:57 23 Jan 21
I've seen miracles happen at this place. The brother hood and family atmosphere is something most of these men have... never experienced. Every one of the bad reviews are from people that couldn't follow the rules and regulations and where ask to more
Crystol Jones
Crystol Jones
00:48 20 Jan 21
Footprints has offered my son a safe place to live while he navigates his sobriety journey. Mitchell has done an... excellent job of recognizing red flags residents exhibit and often helps them seek addition services and treatment when necessary. My son considers his roommates family and loves the support the Footprints community offers. Grateful for each day my son is sober and for the support he receives from Mitchell and the entire more
Michael Woodard
Michael Woodard
02:28 19 Jan 21
Great sober living with excellent staff. Footprints granted me numerous opportunities to better my life and... relationships. Mitchell, Adam and Merlin were always there for me and aided me back to more
Scott Pleasants
Scott Pleasants
19:09 18 Jan 21
Our son has been at Footprints for about 3 months. It has been a good experience for him, and our family. After being... at a couple of other sober living houses, this one has been the best fit. The owner, Mitchell Cobb has spent a lot of time with our son. He’s driven him places, and even helped him buy and ship Christmas gifts. Our son feels very strongly that Mitch truly cares, and spends a lot of time checking on the more
Steven “Sauce” Clark
Steven “Sauce” Clark
03:54 18 Jan 21
I hate that the lowest rating still gives a star! This is the most crooked halfway house I've ever experienced. The... owner rides clients to pay rent even before its due! The staff smokes CBD with clients knowing its something that isn't allowed and depending on your friendship with them they allow using! I don't understand how this place is still operational. Maybe the fact of paid Google reviews to help get clients has something to do with it. Please save yourself or your family and run elsewhereread more
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