“Coming to SUWS may have been the hardest thing I have ever done but by far the most necessary. SUWS stayed with me and I never forgot what I learned here. Everything changed for me, I got my family and life back. I became proud of who I was. I came back to SUWS 9 months after I graduated because I wanted to share my experiences with the girls and show them that you may leave SUWS, but SUWS never leaves you. I think it is easy to relate to someone who has been through similar experiences and I wanted them to be excited to start their lives after SUWS.”

-Jenny K.

“Coming to SUWS over a year ago was a major wake up call. The program taught me so much about myself and opened my eyes to new discoveries unimaginable before my stay. After graduation, I continued my therapy in a therapeutic boarding school and brought my experience and strength from SUWS into my new life. Now, having completed both programs, I decided to come back to SUWS as a mentor for a week. With a new group, and different people, this experience was different, yet so rewarding. My role at SUWS drastically changed and the students often commented on how clear it was that SUWS changes lives, especially with me coming back. This program changed my life for the better and I know it will continue to do so for others in the future.”

-Hallel R.

“SUWS is a really amazing place where you can be yourself. It really did help me and I was the happiest I had ever been there. The staff really put their time and best effort into helping me and other students. I was really thankful to have received the time I did at SUWS.”

– Miranda L.

“My son came to SUWS in December of 2008-February 2009. I’m not sure if anyone that was working then is still there. I just wanted to share this with SUWS because this program was the first step to recovery for my son. He went straight to High Frontier afterwards for 9 months then after, he started at Western Carolina. Thank you to SUWS for being part of saving my son’s life. Feel free to share this announcement to parents who are dropping off their sons or daughters and think that there is no hope. There is Hope!”

– Susan

“When I was 17, I was sent to SUWS of the Carolinas. I was reluctant at first, and did not want to change my unhealthy habits. After spending nine weeks hiking, discussing, and self reflecting, I graduated from SUWS a completely different person. SUWS gave me a chance to turn my life around. It allowed me to be introspective and take a long hard look at myself. SUWS gave me the stepping stones to better my life. I returned to SUWS 11 months after graduating to become a mentor. My transition has now come full circle, and I am forever grateful for the lessons and grit I learned at SUWS.”

– JD

“What an awesome place! I am a professional who works in the mental health industry and had the opportunity to go meet the staff and have a tour of this very special program. They have a very caring, highly skilled staff who is well-versed in treating a wide range of behavioral and mental health issues presenting in adolescents. I would highly recommend this program.”

– Luke C.

“SUWS of the Carolinas saved my daughter’s life. She was 16 going downhill fast, smoking, drinking, doing drugs, and getting expelled from high school.  After two months in the wilderness she was my sweet daughter again. The program was top notch from start to finish.  SUWS was professional in every way. They helped get her tested and helped us discern the follow up program she would need. They were responsive to our personal requests. She appreciated her life and all her creature comforts after her experience, plus she knows that if she could get through this, she could get through other challenges in her life. THANK YOU SUWS.”

– Rayzel R.

“SUWS was exactly what our son needed. We give SUWS our highest recommendation.  SUWS saved our 16 year old son, and our family. He spent 53 days rediscovering himself, getting sober, and making a commitment to a positive future. We got our boy back.”

– Jerry M.

“Time in the Phoenix Outdoor program turned my son’s life around. He has been sober since leaving SUWS and will be attending college in the fall. My husband and I couldn’t be happier!”

– Helen R.

“My time coming back to SUWS was awesome. I was very nervous at first as it had been a long time since I had been there and would be working with kids who were dealing with some serious issues, but I felt very welcome from the start. I built relationships with staff and students quickly, and within hours I was sharing about my recovery and time at SUWS. By day two I was giving feedback. I worked on my skills, and by the end of the week, I felt very close to everyone there.  My time as a mentor was fantastic overall.”

– Drew, a mentor for the Phoenix Group 

“One year ago I was a student in Seasons. I got to Eagle of Honors, and one reason I came back is SUWS helped me a lot; I wanted others to be helped too. When I first came I was not happy I was at SUWS, but I worked hard and I returned home to have a better life after 64 days.”

– Carson, previous SUWS student

“Coming back to SUWS as a mentor has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. I came back with intentions of shedding insight on recovery to the Phoenix group and to gain personal awareness about my own life. Needless to say, SUWS is a once in a lifetime experience and I have gotten way more than what I came for.”

– Daniel,  Mentor at SUWS