Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.
  • 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 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

Meet Our Clinical Staff

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.

Noah Davis

Recovery Support Specialist for Phoenix Outdoor

Noah grew up in the hills of the Blue Ridge mountains near Charlottesville, Virginia. His connection to the natural world started during childhood, when he spent his free time playing on the banks of the Mechums River with his dog, Bodhi.

At age 13, Noah began using drugs and alcohol, obviously leading to problems at home and school. Eventually, Noah made it to his first substance abuse treatment program at just 17 years old. After several years of attending many traditional treatment programs, Noah found himself on the mountain trails of Western North Carolina as a client of Four Circles Wilderness Therapy Program.

During his time at Four Circles, the recovery spark was finally lit, and would continue to grow in the years to come. After leaving treatment, Noah immersed himself into a 12-step program and continued to maintain his connection to the forest with backpacking and fly fishing.

In 2017, he joined SUWS of the Carolinas in the role of field staff with the hope of supporting the students with his experience and passion for recovery. During his time as field staff Noah was awarded the Jumping Mouse award at the 2019 East Coast Wilderness Symposium, and was featured on the Dogwood Alliance’s “Stories To Tell in the Forest.” After 2.5 years, Noah left SUWS, earned his North Carolina Peer Support Specialist Certification, and spent time on an Assertive Community Treatment Team, where he worked with adults with mental health and substance abuse struggles.

Noah is excited to return to SUWS in the role of Recovery Support Specialist with a mission to support the students by “being the person I needed when I was young.”

When Noah’s not working you can find him tucked away on his homestead in Yancey County, North Carolina with his partner, Morgan, and their newborn daughter, Scarlett. He enjoys spending his time tending his garden and animals, and telling his dog, Lucius Bambini The Great, what a good boy he is.

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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.
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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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