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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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.

The Value of Alateen

The Value of Alateen

Alateen is a program that provides support to teenagers who are grappling with the presence of substance abuse, specifically alcoholism, in their lives. This program allows youth to gather together to share experiences, strength, and hope. Alateen is a priceless resource for teenagers worldwide to begin coping with the challenges that the disease of addiction has had on their lives. Through Alateen, youth can handle emotions in a healthy manner, learn how to appropriately manage their lives when alcoholism is present, and develop connections that will serve as a constant source of support and encouragement.

To learn more about Alateen and how it can help you or your teen, please click here.

The Importance of Support Groups

The Importance of Support Groups

Alcoholism is a pervasive disease that not only affects those who are drinking, but also those around them, including teenagers. By nature, teenagers are already in the throes of change, as they are experiencing situations that will eventually shape them into adults, which can be challenging. Therefore, when a complex condition such as alcoholism is occurring within their lives, additional emotional distress can occur. As a result, reaching out for support at this time can be beneficial.

Support groups like Alateen are widely recognized for the many benefits that they can produce within the lives of participants. When youth gather together over a common denominator as powerful as alcoholism, everyone involved can start to obtain healthy coping mechanisms and begin utilizing the support of others in an effort to heal and move forward.

Alateen Meetings

Alateen Meetings

Thankfully, Alateen is a program that is available for teenagers throughout the country. As a result, no teenager who is living with alcoholism in his or her life has to continue to do so without effective support. To find a meeting that best meets your needs or the needs of your teen, please click here.

Autism Support Groups in North Carolina

Autism Support Groups in North Carolina

Parents of children with autism living in the North Carolina area can help connect their children autism support groups. These support groups can help youth learn how to better manage the challenges that accompany autism, as well as develop a network of others who can offer support and encouragement. The benefits of autism support groups mimic those of Alateen, as participation in these programs can offer help in a number of ways.

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.
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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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