Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at SUWS of the Carolinas to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at SUWS of the Carolinas.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Documentary Features SUWS of the Carolinas

We remain open and are continuing to accept new admissions.

SUWS of the Carolinas remains committed to providing clinically superior services within a safe and supportive environment while taking all appropriate precautions to protect the well-being of our students and staff.

For admissions information, or to learn more about the heightened preventive measures we have put in place, please click the link at the top of this page or call us at (828) 489-3198.

Documentary Features SUWS of the Carolinas on Underage Drinking

Unique wilderness therapy treatment options to help curb underage drinking will be featured on ITV1’s upcoming documentary “Britain’s Youngest Boozers,” airing October 25, 2005.

The treatment therapies are offered by U.S.-based SUWS of the Carolinas, America’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs that improve the quality of life for underachieving children, young adults and their families. The documentary will profile the experiences and successes of a teen sent to SUWS of the Carolinas, a wilderness education program in North Carolina, on the East Coast of the United States. “It was a constant worry of never knowing what was going to happen the next day, because it was very volatile,” said Linda, the mother of Sherrie, one of the teen drinkers featured on the programme.

“If Sherrie lost her temper she would thump the walls, she would break things, she would argue with her siblings and not go to school. We admitted Sherrie to a U.S. wilderness therapy program called SUWS of the Carolinas, where she was immersed in a positive, goal-oriented environment and participated in individual and group therapy. SUWS of the Carolinas nurtured Sherrie and within a month she had blossomed into a more self-confident, happier girl.” “We work with students who typically have self-esteem issues, which are then translated into behavioural or emotional problems such as alcohol and drug use, defiant behavior, or depression,” said Shawn Farrell, senior instructor at SUWS of the Carolinas. “We use the wilderness to challenge teens like Sherrie and to take them out of their comfort zone.

While Sherrie learned wilderness skills, she learned other life-long lessons such as patience, preparation, and problem-solving techniques which she was able to bring back to her home environment in the UK.” “Binge drinking affects young people worldwide,” said Elliot Sainer, chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to participate in a documentary that will raise awareness about teen drinking and the important role the therapeutic education industry plays in saving families and changing lives. This documentary will demonstrate to UK families that there is help and hope available to them.” SUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed wilderness therapy program for students 11 to 17 years of age who are suffering from low self-esteem, family conflict, substance use, defiance issues, attention deficit disorder, and other emotional and behavioural problems.

Utilising outdoor experiences and peer interaction in combination with individual and family therapy, SUWS of the Carolinas helps to positively change the lives of these young people. SUWS programs offer a combination of education and therapy or counseling for young people who have demonstrated behavioural or learning issues that interfere with their performance in school and their relations with peers, family and friends. SUWS of the Carolinas’ offerings range from short-term interventions to long-term programmes, and include a variety of settings, including: wilderness therapy/outdoor education, boarding schools, residential treatment, and weight-loss programmes.

Is SUWS a boot camp? SUWS is a therapeutic wilderness program, an effective and positive alternative to boot camps
Where are you located? SUWS is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

SUWS of the Carolinas offers wilderness programs for adolescents who are struggling with various challenges, including mental health concerns, substance use, behavioral issues, and autism spectrum disorder. Our expert staff provides developmentally appropriate care to young people in a safe, therapeutic environment. We accept private pay only, but our staff can help develop a detailed financial plan for your family to ensure your child gets the care they need so that they can successfully return to their school and community.

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.
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • Cognia
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Forest Service Department of Agriculture
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council
  • Safe Zone
  • Sky's The Limit Fund
  • The Jason Foundation

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