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

Our Commitment to Clinical Excellence

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 is a wilderness treatment center blending the power of nature with traditional therapeutic models such as CBT & DBT. We are dedicated to providing the most sophisticated level of care to all of our students; providing them with the tools to lead a healthy, fulfilling life.

Our Treatment Model

SUWS of the Carolinas ensures that all of our services reflect dedication to providing clinically excellent care to individuals & families in need. The clinical principles that drive us to excellence are a client-directed, outcome-informed treatment philosophy, and a data supported belief that the therapeutic alliance is the most important single element of a good treatment outcome.

As a roadmap to clinical excellence, the treatment team at SUWS of the Carolinas implements a treatment model that is based upon a series of patient-focused principles, including the following:

  • Addiction is a treatable, chronic, relapsing brain disease
  • The most important element in treatment is the therapeutic alliance
  • Client-directed, outcome-informed treatment leads to improved outcomes
  • Continuing care support is a primary factor in sustained recovery

Strong Clinical Foundation

  • All of our clinicians bring to SUWS a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience. They strive to keep abreast of current research and evidence based practices
  • SUWS clinicians will share their expertise through monthly peer trainings, webinars, and presentations at regional and national conferences
  • Individualized treatment plans for all students

Ongoing Measurement & Assessment

  • Ongoing measurement and feedback is the basis for outcome informed decision making and treatment
  • SUWS has been focused on measuring treatment outcomes for wilderness therapy programs
  • SUWS is a member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, which is dedicated to facilitating research on the efficacy of wilderness treatment for adolescents, and in promoting the industry
  • We will measure functional outcomes on admission and every three months post discharge
  • Programs within our four core treatment areas (Child and adolescent mental health treatment, addiction, behavioral health disorders, and autism spectrum disorders) have participated (and will continue to participate) in a range of independent and peer-reviewed studies.

By offering research-supported, client-directed treatment that emphasizes the relationship between client and counselor – and by ensuring that our programs and personnel meet or exceed measurable standards for clinical excellence – SUWS of the Carolinas is provider of choice for individuals and families in need.

Learn More Today

To learn more about clinical excellence throughout our network, or for specific questions related to SUWS of the Carolinas, please call (828) 489-3198 or visit our Contact Us page. We look forward to answering all your questions and helping you determine if SUWS of the Carolinas is the perfect place for your child.

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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.
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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