About Us


What We Offer

We offer a wide range of sober living services, all individually designed to help you reach your full potential. Just a few of the things we offer, for example, are:

  • Guidance and support in building a solid foundation for recovery.
  • 2-3 random & ethical alcohol/ drug screenings per week.
  • Access to therapists, addiction specialists, outpatient programs, primary care physicians, nutrition assistance programs and more.
  • We monitor your progress in attending 12-step meetings and working with an appropriate sponsor. 
  • A house meeting every week.
  • Progress letters for court, probation and alike. 
  • Wi-Fi, cable and laundry facilities in-house. 
  • Bedding, pillow and a towel.
  • Transportation from the airport or bus terminal. 
  • And more...

Our Approach to Sober Living

We provide motivated Men a foundation upon which they may gain access to freedom from the bondage of alcoholism and addiction. We as a community are committed to making the recovery and safety of our residents our number one priority. Our sober living homes in Asheville serve as a great, and often necessary, starting place in which residents can learn to live daily life clean and sober with the guidance of other individuals who have personal experience with the recovery process. Asheville has a very strong 12-step recovery community and is a great place to start your recovery journey. 


"Living at Middle River Asheville Sober Living has been a great experience for me. Middle River made transitioning from a treatment center into a recovery environment very easy. The structure of the halfway house allows you to make your own decisions while having rules that hold you accountable. It has helped me grow into a productive and respectable person, while teaching me the importance of being responsible. I owe a lot of my happiness and recovery to the structure that Middle River Asheville Sober Living has helped me build." 

          -- Dominic P.

"Until 9 months ago, I had used every day for about a decade, so living life on life terms was foreign to me. While in treatment, my discharge planner and I began coordinating things with Middle River Asheville. I spoke with Lisa on the phone and we discussed various procedures and rules regarding living at Middle River. When I arrived, I was greeted by Lisa, one of the owners of Middle River Sober Living. She was extremely kind yet very serious, which is a difficult and impressive temperament to have. The house was very nice, that I could hardly believe 6 male drug addicts/alcoholics had been living there. She showed me to my room and was very pleased about my situation at this point, on my bed laid a really soft blanket and bedding. After I got situated, I went to an AA meeting right up the street.  Every day for the first few months, Lisa would leave extensive lists of places that were hiring in Buncombe County pretty much. Thanks to her, it was unnecessary to enter vocational rehab, because I already had a caseworker more or less finding me potential work. Adam and I, the other owner of the houses, connected right off the back, and he, like Lisa, had been brought to our knees by the same stuff. Throughout the 7 months I was at Middle River Sober Living, they became my friends, and that's something that in the 2 years prior of me bouncing around halfway houses, I had never experienced. They provided me with priceless insight and guidance that only a fellow addict, and individual actually living a spiritual life could give. I am eternally grateful for the two of them."

              -- Dylan H.

"My experience at Middle River Asheville was really good. It taught me how to be responsible for myself and was a good place to be early in recovery. It helped me a lot to live with others in recovery."

              -- Sheldon C.

Our Team


Lance Thompson

Lisa Ball McIsaac

Lance Thompson

Program Director

Lance has over 4 years experience in the substance abuse and mental health field. He is an experienced Certified Peer Support Specialist. 


Adam McIsaac

Lisa Ball McIsaac

Lance Thompson


Adam is an experienced, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Adam has over 15 years experience working in and operating drug and alcohol recovery centers. 


Lisa Ball McIsaac

Lisa Ball McIsaac

Lisa Ball McIsaac


Lisa has over 15 years experience in the substance abuse and mental health field. She received her Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville and is currently pursuing her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential.

Code of Ethics

All staff of Middle River Asheville shall value and respect each resident and put each individual’s recovery strengths and needs at the forefront of all decision making. To meet this obligation, we adhere to the following principles: 

  1. Assess each potential resident’s strengths and needs, and determine whether the level of support available within the residence is appropriate. Provide assistance to the residents with appropriate referrals. 
  2. Value diversity and non-discrimination. 
  3. Provide a safe, homelike environment that meets NARR (National Association of Recovery Residences) & NC-ARR Standards. 
  4. Maintain an alcohol- and illicit-drug-free environment.
  5. Honor individuals’ rights to choose their recovery paths within the parameters defined by the residence organization. 
  6. Protect the privacy, confidentiality and personal rights of each resident. 
  7. Provide consistent and uniformly applied rules. 
  8. Provide for the health, safety and welfare of each resident. 
  9. Address each resident fairly in all situations. 
  10. Encourage residents to sustain relationships with professionals, recovery support service providers and allies. 
  11. Take appropriate action to stop intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment and/or otherwise threatening behavior of residents, staff and visitors within the residence. 
  12. Take appropriate action to stop retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences that could occur as the result of a grievance or complaint. 
  13. Provide consistent, fair practices for drug testing that promote the residents’ recovery and the health and safety of the recovery environment. 
  14. Provide an environment in which each resident’s recovery needs are the primary factors in all decision making. 
  15. Promote the residence with marketing or advertising that is supported by accurate, open and honest claims. 
  16. Patient brokering is strictly prohibited. No financial rewards, substantive gifts, or other remuneration may be offered or received for resident referrals. 
  17. Decline taking a primary role in the recovery plans of relatives, close friends, and/or business acquaintances. 
  18. Sustain transparency in operational and financial decisions. 
  19. Maintain clear personal and professional boundaries. 
  20. Operate within the residence’s scope of service and within professional training and credentials. 
  21. Maintain an environment that promotes the peace and safety of the surrounding neighborhood and the community at large. 

The Code of Ethics must be read and signed by all those associated with Middle River Asheville. 

Individuals subject to this code are obligated to report unethical practices according to the reporting rules set forth by the affiliate.