therapeutic boarding school for adolescent boys ages 14 to 18
12 step facilitation.
Numerous studies have shown that, even for teenagers, participation in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA) can bolster recovery efforts and protect against relapse. These programs outline a process of recovery and offer a ready-made community of authentic support. The Fellowship, as it is known, is always available, costs nothing and exists worldwide.
In their original form, the 12 Steps can seem unrelatable to teens. But as we help our students begin to interpret them through a 21st century adolescent lens, they see how applicable the 12 Steps are both in recovery and in life.
We explore the 12 Steps in group and individual sessions to help encourage a deeper understanding of the themes of acceptance, surrender, and active involvement in recovery. We also weave the lessons of the 12 Steps into daily life at The Goodale School and apply them in other contexts like service work, school projects and recreation where they may be more relevant for students.
 Our goal is to introduce our students to this powerful resource and facilitate their engagement with the language, philosophy and tools of a program that may be helpful to them in the future.
Students may select a meeting to attend from a wide range of options in the Asheville area. Each meeting has its own personality. There is one meeting specifically for young people and another that begins with meditation by the river. Regardless of the focus, all meetings offer a community of individuals who have been through similar struggles and encourage each other to move toward a common goal of sustained recovery.

Many of our students find these meetings very valuable. The support given and received, both during the formal meeting proceedings and more casually before and after, is genuinely helpful and enriching.
At The Goodale School, working with a sponsor is optional but encouraged. For students who have fully committed to the 12 Steps, having a sponsor is essential. To ensure safety and accountability, the student’s therapist is involved in the sponsorship process and the program is closely monitored by school staff.
International Support
AA/NA exists worldwide, so members can instantly join a familiar group of people who support sobriety, no matter where they find themselves.

The Goodale School team is happy to speak with you to determine if our program is the right fit for your son or client. For information, please contact our Admissions Team at (828) 220-0040 or email [email protected].

75 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801
The Goodale School is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of services to thousands of people with mental illness, substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission.
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