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

Dr. Phil Discusses SUWS

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.

SUWS of the Carolinas Discussed by Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil has researched numerous therapeutic counseling options for families and their teens and has featured SUWS of the Carolinas twice. In each case, Dr. Phil has demonstrated how our program can save families and change lives.

SUWS of the Carolinas Featured on the Dr. Phil Show
On December 1, 2004, SUWS of the Carolinas was featured on the Dr. Phil Show. During the show, Dr. Phil spoke with a mother and her teenaged son Tim about his behavioral problems. Dr. Phil recommended that the boy attend SUWS of the Carolinas.

“I want to send you to a program called SUWS of the Carolinas. It’s a very therapeutic program. It’s designed to help you get off drugs, get you off alcohol, and clear your head and start thinking right about who you are and what you deserve in this life,” Dr. Phil told Tim.

“I believe in you. I believe in who you are. I know that you can be very kind, generous, gentle with your mother, and with other people. I know it is in you. It is not too late. I want to give you a chance to make your life work. And I’m asking you to do this…”

Tim agreed to attend SUWS of the Carolinas, “I believe that it will help.”

Dr. Phil responded, “I’m proud of you, and this is the beginning.”

Wilderness programs for troubled teens are high-impact therapy programs that incorporate hiking, primitive skills, team work, and therapy to help troubled teens learn how to overcome self-defeating behaviors, improve self-esteem and self-confidence, and rejoin their families with a renewed sense of potential.

The typical student at a wilderness therapy program is a teen who is struggling with behavior, emotional issues, or school work. Mother Nature serves as the ultimate teacher, helping teens “get back to basics” and understand the relationship between their actions and consequences, while discovering how capable they are of succeeding and achieving positive outcomes.

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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