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

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.

Tommy Cook

Recovery Support Specialist for Phoenix Outdoor

Tommy completed his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in 2013. Unsure of what direction he wanted to take, he bought a touring bike and started pedaling up the West Coast. After experiencing the healing power of adventure and camping, he knew he wanted to work in the wilderness therapy realm. When he completed the bike tour, he flew to Western North Carolina and began working as a field guide at Four Circles Recovery Center.  At Four Circles, Tommy’s passion for wilderness therapy continued to grow, as he witnessed many clients transform after their time in the program. Tommy also discovered the power of ceremony from co-facilitating several months of vision quests.  Tommy gained experience in how to hold space for young adults in early recovery and different strategies to integrate recovery from addiction into wilderness therapy.

In 2016 Tommy began working at a therapeutic boarding school for boys, most of whom were transitioning out of wilderness treatment programs. His role here was to take boys on backpacking trips on the weekend, co-facilitate rites of passage ceremonies and introducing them to Asheville’s 12 Step community. In 2018 it was clear to Tommy that he wanted to continue growing in the mental health field, so he began graduate school in Lenoir Rhyne’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Now joining the SUWS team as the Recovery Support Specialist, he is looking forward to putting his education, passion for wilderness, and personal experience into action. One of his favorite quotes to live by is, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” He feels that SUWS provides a perfect environment for this quote to come into fruition within the students. He looks forward to supporting our students in expanding outside of their comfort zone and helping them become aware of their self-defeating thoughts. In Asheville, Tommy is immersed both in the Twelve-Step and

Buddhist-based recovery communities. His personal recovery plays a large part in his passion for wilderness therapy and his desire to help students find clarity on their journey. In his free time, he enjoys nature photography, meditation, basketball and exploring national forests around the country.

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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.