Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at SUWS of the Carolinas.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Wilderness Treatment Outcome Study

Wilderness Therapy Is Effective

Wilderness Therapy is Effective: Research Support for a Wilderness-Based Model of Intervention for Youth

Due to the increase in outdoor behavioral healthcare programs, several investigations into the effectiveness of wilderness therapy were conducted by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative (OBHRC). The results of these studies indicated that adolescents who attended these programs showed a significant improvement upon completion of outdoor behavioral healthcare programs.

More recent research, conducted by the Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy (CReATE) and the Arkansas Interdisciplinary Sciences Laboratory included an arduous study, designed to further investigate the therapeutic outcomes for participants in wilderness therapy programs. Data from this most recent study replicated previous findings, indicating that adolescents who participate in these types of programs experienced a substantial reduction in psychopathology during treatment and maintained these therapeutic improvements for a full year after treatment.

Examining Changes in Substance Use and Conduct Problems

Examining Changes in Substance Use and Conduct Problems Among Treatment-Seeking Adolescents

The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative (OBRH) conducted a therapeutic outcome study from a sample of 855 parents and their adolescents who were enrolled in eight different wilderness therapy programs. Findings from this current study suggest that youth who attended outdoor behavioral healthcare programs showed a large symptomatic reduction and continued to maintain these improvements over a yearlong follow up period.

For more information on this study pleaseĀ click here.

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.