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First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility in Candler, NC

First Step Farm is a non-profit inpatient center in North Carolina offering residential treatment, therapy, and work programs to help women recover from alcohol and substance addictions.

About First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility

First Step Farm - Women's Facility, located in Candler, North Carolina, focuses on inpatient treatment for women battling alcohol and substance addiction. This private, non-profit center was established in 1992 and accommodates up to 15 female residents on a scenic 32-acre property in the Pisgah Mountains near Asheville.

The mission is to promote recovery from chemical dependency by restoring self-respect and self-esteem. Licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, First Step Farm is supported by a board of community members and staffed by experienced professionals.

  • Offers a residential treatment program where residents stay on the farm property for the first two weeks.
  • Includes daily morning meetings, group therapy sessions, and nightly self-help meetings.
  • Provides work therapy through the facility's flower production, aiding in recovery and skill development.
  • Ensures nutritionally balanced meals and high-rated housing, with residents involved in maintaining cleanliness.

This facility specializes in treating women with alcohol and substance addictions, offering robust support and therapy options to aid in their journey toward sobriety.

  • 2 Conditions Treated
  • 3 Levels of Care
  • Speaks English
  • 15 Therapies & Programs

Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment

Substance abuse refers to the intensive and inappropriate use of psychoactive substances. Psychoactive substances are those that affect brain function. These include illegal drugs, alcohol, and even the excessive use of prescription drugs. The overuse of psychoactive substances leads to severe physical or psychological dependence. It also affects the social life and relationships of the affected individual. Substance abuse is treatable.

The duration of treatment at First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility in Candler can require weeks or even months depending on the severity of the condition as there is a risk of relapse. Treatment options include medications, counseling sessions, various types of behavioral therapy, and group therapy in different combinations.

Opioid + Opiate Addiction Treatment

Addiction to prescription opioid painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, and illicit opioids such as heroin, leads to potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. Opioid addiction treatment typically involves an inpatient stay at facilities like First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility to make sure they get through withdrawal safely. Treatment also includes comprehensive mental health counseling.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Aftercare Support, Drug Rehab, Residential, with additional therapies available as listed below.

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient’s individual requirements.

Treatment is just a first step in sustaining sobriety. After rehabilitation, counseling for aftercare helps the person adapt to a life without drugs. A sober living facility in Candler, job therapy, or educational assistance may be included in this service, managed by First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility. This is when a preventive strategy for relapse starts to take shape.

First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility‘s Therapies & Programs

In group therapy, the patient undergoes sessions with other patients at First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility who are dealing with similar problems. The members of the group interact with each other and talk freely about their issues at scheduled sessions. Group therapy reduces the feeling of loneliness and improves the coping skills of the patients. You are not alone in Candler, North Carolina.

Many people turn to drugs and alcohol as a way of processing trauma that has affected them in the past. Trauma can include abuse, neglect, the loss of a loved one and other unpleasant incidents. Trauma therapy at First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility helps patients process trauma. It gives them the tools to deal with it in a healthier manner.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on eliminating specific negative thoughts such as suicidal thoughts that can potentially lead to an individual inflicting self-harm. It is useful in the treatment of patients exhibiting uncontrollable emotions, intense mood swings, and borderline personality disorders.

The term “Dialectic” means the integration of opposites. In the substance abuse context, DBT refers to accepting the patient’s addiction and working to change their thoughts and behavior. It improves life skills such as controlling the intense emotions without reacting impulsively, resolving the interpersonal conflicts effectively, and promoting awareness about self and others.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) examines the relationship between a patient’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility aims to establish a healthy response to thoughts and feelings as an alternative to turning to drugs and alcohol. It also promotes healthy communication between addicts and those around them. It is and effective therapy for people suffering with all types of addictions.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a type of cognitive therapy. It is based on the principle that irrational thoughts are responsible for the emotional and behavioral changes in addiction. So, the therapy starts with identifying the underlying irrational thoughts. These thoughts are then challenged and opposed logically and then replaced with positive thoughts. It also helps to change unwanted behavior with techniques such as meditation.

By imparting positive thoughts and emotions, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) makes the individual self-reliant with a capacity to handle the emotional and behavioral issues in future by themselves without professional help. This self-dependence benefits the patients and prevent relapses.

The recovery technique used by Alcoholics Anonymous is the 12 step program, but it can relate to any form of addiction. The 12 steps that addicts must take on the road to recovery are explained. Measures include acknowledging that you have a problem and agreeing to turn around your life. The curriculum, instructed by First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility, also requires a belief in a greater power and making amends to others.

Location & Contact

First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility Location and Directions
200 Pete Luther Cove Road P.O. Box 14509
Candler, NC 28715

Phone Number
(828) 667-0303

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First Step Farm of WNC - Womens Facility Location and Directions

200 Pete Luther Cove Road P.O. Box 14509
Candler, NC 28715
(828) 667-0303


Gender Female, Gender-Exclusive

Age Adults (20+)

Modality Group, Individuals

  • Smoking Allowed
  • Veterans
  • Ownership

    Listed May 26, 2020

    Updated July 2, 2024

    Candler, North Carolina Addiction and Treatment

    North Carolina ranks 29th in the nation for overall substance abuse. Many of the drugs abused in the state are illicit, and many of these are opioids. Prescription opioids are readily available due to the high rates of medical workers prescribing them. The number of prescriptions has increased tenfold since the 1980's. Opioid overdoses are the most common type of death in North Carolina.

    The severity of drug or alcohol addiction in Candler, NC, can vary depending on the person. In 2015, there were 1,532 admissions to drug rehab centers in Candler, NC, and that's a rate of 248.7 per 100,000 population. The most commonly abused drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, and methamphetamines. There are a variety of drug rehab centers in Candler. Some offer inpatient treatment, while others offer outpatient treatment.

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