North Carolina is a beautiful state, with varied landscapes that range from the sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches of the eastern Outer Banks to the ranges of the western Appalachian Mountains. The city of Asheville and its accompanying countryside in particular reward visitors and residents with awe-inspiring natural beauty that features the Blue Ridge Mountains, canyons, waterfalls and thousands of miles of hiking trails appropriate for all skill levels, including beginner and expert trekkers.

In this article, we’ll give you three good reasons why you should choose sober living in North Carolina.

Gorgeous Surroundings for Recovery

There’s really no better atmosphere for your recovery journey than being able to wake up to views of the French Broad River, surrounded by the mountains at one of our sober living houses here at Real Recovery. The peaceful sounds of birds wake you in the morning, making you feel as though you are a million miles away from urban life—and yet downtown Asheville is only minutes away, providing visiting friends and family members an enjoyable and practical spot to stay while in the area.

A Lot to Love About Sober Living in North Carolina

Rather than recovering and perhaps ultimately settling in a remote town that is miles from the modern amenities of city life, Real Recovery’s location in Asheville places you within a 10-minute drive or less to its downtown art district, shops, museums and restaurants. You may find that you prefer to continue living in Asheville after finishing your stay in sober living.

In this region of North Carolina, you can take a hot air balloon ride, go river rafting or tubing, enjoy a mountain bike excursion or take an interesting walking tour of the city. There is always something exciting and new to experience in Asheville and the many areas of North Carolina that are just a short distance away.

It’s Affordable and Comfortable

The cost of living in North Carolina is lower than living in many other U.S. states.1 Rent is more affordable than the national average, and homeowners pay some of country’s lowest property tax rates. Also lower than the U.S. national average is the cost of gasoline for your car, groceries and in-state tuition at the state’s top-notch universities.

North Carolina’s climate is also a huge attraction for those who came here to recover. One of the best things about sober living in North Carolina is the climate. Here, you will experience all four seasons in some form. In the western part of the state, such as in Asheville, you will enjoy the autumn colors that are so gorgeous. The area will also give you just enough snow to enjoy snowboarding or snowshoing or just to make you smile. Summertime can be warm in some towns, but Asheville’s higher elevations provide fresh mountain breezes and decreased humidity. Cool off in the many swimming holes scattered around the countryside or go river tubing.

Living a Happy, Sober Life in North Carolina

The location and structured style of vibrant living at Real Recovery changes lives. Our Outdoor Recovery Program encompasses 12-step meetings, regularly scheduled house dinners, peer support and outdoor excursions, and we provide residents with real-life skills to help them gain employment or academic support during their transition to independent living.

Those who are in recovery are often looking for a healthy alternative to substance use.2 The rich, natural beauty of North Carolina and the many outlets offering sober experiences and activities, including volunteerism and employment, make it easier to begin a new life here.