Red Oak Recovery

By The Fix staff 08/22/17

With a focus on experiential therapy, Red Oak Recovery offers two beautiful locations full of activities to remind people in recovery of the exciting things that life has to offer. 

Red Oak Recovery
Location : 108 Executive Park Asheville, NC 28801
Phone : (866) 831-9107
Price : $22,000 (30 days)
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Insurance : Yes
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Introduction and Basic Services

Red Oak Recovery is a residential rehab based in the Asheville, North Carolina area. It is a gender-specific facility that treats substance abuse in first-time and chronic relapse cases. It also implements trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis support. Red Oak Recovery is the only program in America that exclusively focuses on the treatment of young adults. The facility was founded by Jack Cline, a Master’s-level mental health counselor with six clinical licenses and certifications in addiction and counseling. Additional founders include Mick Masterson and Mark Oerther, both of whom are certified substance abuse counselors who have themselves overcome addiction.

Facility and Meals

The men’s facility, housing 32 residents, is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Asheville. It’s a series of log cabin-like residences all featuring an exquisite view of the green campus. The outside patio, complete with an umbrella-clad table, overlooks a lake. Bedrooms come equipped with twin beds and are shared between three or four people, with no private rooms available.

The women’s program, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery, is in a separate location south of Asheville, and holds a total of 16 residents. The 38-acre campus features rustically fenced pastures, ponds, gazebos, a fire pit, walking trails and mountains, offering space for meditation, reflection and socializing. The facility itself looks like a vacation home, with farm-like features and an external staircase. Inside the home has a similar vibe, with a warm exposed-stone fireplace opening onto one of the lounge areas. The dining room, also with a fireplace, has wooden vaulted ceilings and tables covered with white tablecloths. Bedrooms, which house roughly three clients, are covered in Southwestern artwork and have twin beds with end tables and armoires, while bathrooms have large showers.

Nutritious meals are provided, made with vegetables and eggs grown and raised by residents on the facility’s farm and orchard.

Treatment Protocol and Team

There is no detox available at Red Oak Recovery, but there are some facilities in the nearby area. Though flexible, in order to improve long-term outcomes the average stay at Red Oak Recovery is 90 to 100 days. Treatment takes place in a different location than where residents live.

Since the programming is gender-specific, men and women have different curriculums. Men’s recovery includes a focus on anger, low self-esteem, self-sufficiency and stress management. A specific curriculum centers on the four pillars of awareness, connection, support and perseverance. Women’s treatment focuses mostly on trauma.

Treatment involves evidence-based methods employed by Master’s-level clinicians with credentials in both mental health and clinical addictions. Red Oak also uses implements 12-step. Clients receive 25 clinical hours a week, including family therapy, support groups, adventure therapy, community service and grief processing. In addition, residents also spend two hours a week getting one-on-one time with their therapist. Treatment modalities include CBT, DBT, REBT, EMDR and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and more experiential therapies such as gestalt therapy, dog therapy, existential therapy, narrative therapy, object relations/attachment therapy, psychodynamics and solution-focused and person-centered techniques.

Groups and educational workshops address nutrition, setting boundaries and goals, working on communication and social skills, mindfulness and work on family systems.

In addition to a PhD-level psychologist, there is an extensive Master’s-level clinical team composed of LPCs, LCASs, LCSWs, an LPCS, LPC-As and a family therapist. Case managers include CSAC-Is and a number of non-Master’s-level family support specialists. Also available are a nurse practitioner, a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and an EMT. A physician sees clients on a weekly basis but is otherwise only on-call.

Bonus Amenities

Canine therapy is included in treatment, as are self-defense and mixed martial arts training. Acupuncture, yoga, creative therapies, gardening, cooking and volunteering are also offered. Outdoor adventure therapies can include backpacking, hiking, canoeing, fly fishing, rock climbing, ziplining, whitewater rafting and camping.

Family programs focus on dealing with feelings of isolation, anger, guilt, shame and what constitutes enabling versus helping. Families are given weekly educational webinars, therapist phone sessions and suggested assignments.


With a focus on experiential therapy, Red Oak Recovery offers two beautiful locations full of activities to remind people in recovery of the exciting things that life has to offer. None of this is at the expense of traditional treatment, which is extensive and wide-reaching at both facilities.

Red Oak Recovery

108 Executive Park

Asheville, NC 28801

(866) 831-9107

[email protected]

Red Oak Recovery Cost: $22,000 (30 days); accepts insurance. Find Red Oak Recovery on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo

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