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.

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Don’t Wait to Find Treatment for Your Child

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.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Find Help for Your Teen

The decision to get help for your troubled teen is not one to be taken lightly. Finding a treatment program for your child can be an overwhelming and scary task, especially since you have so much love and concern for their well-being. You may feel that there is no single resource that will provide all the parenting help you need for your teen. You may also be struggling to choose the best time for your child to enter treatment by seeking a program for troubled teens that falls outside of the school year.

Unfortunately, youth who are experiencing acute symptoms and displaying problem behaviors cannot wait to receive quality mental health and addiction care. At SUWS of the Carolinas, our programs provide developmentally sensitive help for troubled youth while continuing to foster their academic growth. Students participate in practical skills instruction, stories, and journal assignments, along with education in history, philosophy, and science. These programs not only provide your child with ongoing education, but students can receive some transferrable credits through Cognia, if their school accepts them.

Apart from your child’s academic performance, the symptoms they are experiencing are likely having a negative impact on multiple areas of their life. These outcomes have the potential to worsen over time if your child is not connected with the care they need in a timely manner. Your teen may express concerns or reluctance about being separated from their friends and the environments they are most familiar with. However, there is an increased risk that your child will be unable to return to their daily life if the symptoms they are displaying remain unaddressed. Comprehensive treatment benefits your teen while also providing you with parenting tips on how to help your child manage a mental health condition or addiction in the most effective way.

One of the most important but stressful parts of the treatment process is finding quality programs for troubled adolescents. There are many treatment facilities, programs, and therapies available with varying schedules, availabilities, and rates. As a parent who may still be learning to navigate behavioral healthcare, one of the most vital aspects of programs for teens is ensuring that each person involved feels comfortable with the decision and program features. You and your child must both be comfortable with the services offered, including collaborative family therapy and immersive modalities that address each of your child’s concerns.

The search for treatment programs to assist your troubled child should cover centers within your area and outside of your geographic location. Many programs offer a combination of group and individual therapies. Each of these approaches is useful in identifying your child’s areas of concern and helping them develop skills to cope with the symptoms of a mental health condition and/or addiction. An effective and reliable treatment program should use evidence-based modalities to treat your teen. Evidence-based treatments are scientifically backed methods that have proved effective at treating certain symptoms and diagnoses of mental health conditions or addiction. These approaches are the hallmark of a clinically excellent treatment facility that prioritizes your teen’s safety, needs, and well-being.

Additionally, treatment centers may offer experiential therapies, which refers to any treatment method that involves the use of expressive activities and/or creative tools to guide young people as they explore their emotions and behaviors as they pertain to recovery and wellness. Experiential therapies may use nature, animals, recreation, the arts, and more to engage individuals in learning about themselves during the treatment process.

At SUWS of the Carolinas, we offer wilderness and adventure treatment as a form of experiential therapy to deepen the therapeutic growth and help provided to troubled teens. Research in the Child and Youth Care Forum showed that adolescents who attended wilderness-based programs showed significant improvement upon completion of outdoor behavioral healthcare programs (Russell, 2003).

Additional research in the Journal of Clinical Psychology demonstrated that adolescents who participated in wilderness treatment programs displayed a significant decrease in psychopathology that was maintained for one year after treatment (Kraus, Seligman, and Jordan, 2005). A similar study by the OBHRC showed that adolescents struggling with addiction who participated in outdoor wilderness-based programs displayed significantly fewer symptoms that were maintained for one year after treatment.

If you are considering mental health or addiction help for your troubled teen, it is best to seek treatment as soon as possible to maximize the positive impact it can have on your child. It is important for parents who are seeking help for troubled teens to weigh all the options, speak with the admissions department at several treatment centers, and learn more about behavioral healthcare. This will assist parents in determining the best treatment for their child.



Kraus, D. R.; Seligman, D. A.; and Jordan, J. R. (2005). Validation of a behavioral health treatment outcome and assessment tool designed for naturalistic settings: The Treatment Outcome Package. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 285-314.

Russell, K. C. (2003). An assessment of outcomes in outdoor behavioral healthcare treatment. Child and Youth Care Forum, 32, 6, 355-381. DOI: 10.1023/B:CCAR.0000004507.12946.7e

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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