SUWS of the Carolinas A Trusted Center for Wilderness & Adventure Treatment for Troubled Teens

Expert Treatment in a Wilderness Setting

At SUWS of the Carolinas, we know it can be difficult making the decision to send your child to treatment.

We have extensive experience helping young people, ages 10-17, and their families work through specific challenges in life. Through the use of the wilderness, in combination with traditional therapeutic methods, we help encourage change in each youth that comes to us for care.

Whether your child or adolescent is struggling with an addiction to alcohol or marijuana, is suffering from the debilitating symptoms of a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, or is trying to overcome the challenges associated with autism spectrum disorders, our team of highly qualified professionals is ready to help.

Our entire staff is ready to help your child achieve a healthy, happy future.

Why Wilderness

Wilderness is an ideal treatment environment for young people as it provides an opportunity for therapy to take place in a real-life setting. Under the guidance of experienced professionals, wilderness therapy participants have the opportunity to step away from the pressures and distractions of daily life, address issues that have been preventing them from achieving to their true potential, and develop the skills and strategies that will support lasting success.

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Typical Day

There is no such thing as “just another day” at SUWS of the Carolinas. Every sunrise signals the start of a new set of unique experiences, engaging therapeutic activities, and dynamic opportunities for healthy growth and development. At base camp or in the wilderness, young people receive essential guidance as they take important steps on their path toward a brighter tomorrow.

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Positive Alternative to Boot Camp

Unlike boot camp programs that place an emphasis on punishment and personal degradation, wilderness therapy employs strategic challenges and comprehensive support to help young people eliminate self-defeating behavior patterns and develop a more positive mindset. While in our care, adolescents experience the benefits of trust, responsibility, and accountability as they reconnect with their best selves.

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The wilderness therapy offered at SUWS was the dynamic solution needed to help my son with his behavioral issues. When my son left SUWS, he was completely changed for the better and also created new bonds and unforgettable memories! I can't recommend SUWS enough for anyone in a similar situation!

– Britney A.