Frequently asked questions about The Magdalen House Next Step program.

What is the Next Step program?

Next Step is a three-phase, non-residential program for alcoholic women. Participants are provided with structure and education on foundational tools to sustain recovery from alcoholism. The program takes approximately 12 weeks to complete.

Is Next Step an IOP?

No. The Next Step program is peer to peer recovery education in a non-residential environment.

Who is Next Step for?

Next Step is for an alcoholic woman who (any of the following):

  • is newly sober, OR
  • has established sobriety and is seeking to grow in her recovery

What’s required of a woman who wants to participate in Next Step?

We ask that women have a desire to learn and grow in their recovery while actively participating in the program.

Requirements include:

  • Must identify as an alcoholic
  • Minimum 72 hours of sobriety
  • Must have a sponsor

If these three criteria are met, she is eligible for a phone screening.


What are the three phases?

Each phase of Next Step is a minimum of 4 weeks long.

Phase One: Foundation
Focus: Participants build a foundation in the 12-Step program outlined in our curriculum, the Big Book, and start to connect to The Magdalen House community.

This phase begins with attending an orientation to outline program requirements. In this phase, participants will attend two 12-step recovery meetings per week at The Magdalen House, as well as Next Step group once a week to gain education on foundational recovery tools. The participant will also begin participating in our volunteer program.

Phase Two: Service
Focus: Being of service and giving to others.

Phase two requirements include attending Next Step group each week, one 12-Step recovery meeting each week, and continuing to volunteer at The Magdalen House. Additionally, each participant will begin a four-week mentorship with an assigned Meeting Chair. During her mentorship, she will learn how to “carry this message,” as outlined in the Big Book, where each week, she will get more comfortable with speaking on Steps 1, 2, and 3. By the end of phase two, she will have the tools to give an adequate presentation on the first three steps and have the opportunity to be a backup chair for meetings at The Magdalen House.

Phase Three: Servant Leadership
Focus: Learning and growing in leadership.

In phase three, participants will continue to attend Next Step Group and one 12-Step recovery meeting each week, as well as continuing to volunteer at The Magdalen House. Each participant will share her story to the larger Magdalen House community and be paired weekly with a new woman coming into the program to learn how to be of service.

What is a Next Step Group?

Each Next Step group has eight alcoholic women. Each week, participants will learn about a different topic related to recovery: the 12-Steps, sponsorship, chairing meetings, carrying the message, and more. The focus of Next Step group is to provide alcoholic women with education on these foundational tools so that they can sustain and grow in their recovery from alcoholism.

What is the weekly time commitment for Next Step?

Volunteer time commitments may vary, but women should expect to commit to about 4 hours each week to meet Next Step requirements.

Weekly Next Step group is a maximum of 1.5 hours each week and the remaining requirements may be met on a flexible schedule determined by the participant.

How does Next Step differ from other recovery services at The Magdalen House?

The Magdalen House offers three core recovery services:

  • First Step: Our two-week residential program that gives alcoholic women 12-step tools to begin a recovery journey.

  • Next Step: Teaching alcoholic women how to use and apply the principles learned in the 12-Steps in their everyday lives.

  • Community: Meetings, classes, and workshops provide opportunities to learn about and practice the 12-Steps.

Is Next Step only for First Step Alumna?

No, First Step is not a pre-requisite for enrolling in Next Step. Our Next Step program is open to all alcoholic women.

Is Next Step required after First Step?

No, First Step Alumna are not required to enroll in Next Step upon completing their 14-day stay, but they are encouraged to consider the option.


The purpose of the Next Step Program is to provide structure and education on foundational tools to any woman seeking to sustain and grow in her recovery from alcoholism. If that is what you’re looking for, we’re here to help