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

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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.

At SUWS of the Carolinas, we take pride in the care we provide.

American Society of Addiction Medicine

The treatment of addiction is constantly evolving. With ongoing research being conducted and treatment techniques becoming more advanced, we at SUWS of the Carolinas believe that it is important to remain current in our understanding of the most effective therapeutic methods of care. We are pleased to have a number of staff members who are certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), which is an organization that maintains a mission of improving treatment for substance abuse. ASAM is also dedicated to providing education and raising awareness on all issues related to addiction. With many of our team members holding certifications from ASAM, we are able to benefit from their expertise and the wealth of knowledge they offer.

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International, is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. CARF’s website notes that its mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. At SUWS of the Carolinas, we are proud to be accredited by CARF, and we are dedicated to upholding its mission and using our substance abuse treatment services to improve the lives of those we serve.

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)

NATSAP Silver CertificationThe National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) is an organization that serves as a national resource for programs and professionals assisting young people who are suffering from emotional or behavioral difficulties. With the support provided by and in partnership with NATSAP, we at SUWS of the Carolinas are able to remain on an upward trajectory of consistently improving the care we offer.


Cognia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts rigorous on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all students realize their full potential. At SUWS of the Carolinas, we are proud to be accredited by Cognia, and we are devoted to staying true to its mission. We strive to provide all youth in our care with the combination of academic services and therapeutic interventions that they need to thrive in their futures.

Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH Council)

At SUWS of the Carolinas, we are proud to be a member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH Council). As part of this organization, we collaborate with representatives and a number of other wilderness treatment programs to share best practices and promote program standards and treatment excellence. Using evidence-based research, the members of the OBH Council work together to advance the field of outdoor behavioral healthcare programs, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible care.

Safe Zone

SUWS of the Carolinas is a Safe Zone organization. Safe Zone is a project designed to create a safe and inclusive place for members of the LGBTQ community. In order to ensure that we provide a safe place for our clients and to demonstrate our commitment to creating a connected LGBTQ environment, free of judgment and full of encouragement, we have taken part in Safe Zone’s training. By doing so, we have developed a familiarity with the needs of the LGBTQ population, and we strive to make our treatment center one that is welcoming, affirming, and inspiring.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

SUWS of the Carolinas is licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, meeting and exceeding the quality of care expected by a behavioral healthcare treatment center. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides services essential to improving the health, safety, and well-being of the citizens of North Carolina.

The Jason Foundation, Inc.

The Jason Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the silent epidemic of youth suicide. By partnering with The Jason Foundation, we at SUWS of the Carolinas are able to play an active role in assisting with spreading awareness, education, and intervention programs that are designed to help youth who are struggling with suicidal ideation. Parents, educators, and other important figures in the lives of youth can become educated on ways to recognize the signs of suicidal ideation and learn how to make appropriate interventions so that the line between thought and action never gets crossed.

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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