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

Outdoor Teen & Adolescent Club Drug Abuse Treatment Center

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.

SUWS of the Carolinas is a therapeutic wilderness treatment center that focuses on short-term, high-impact clinical intervention and therapy for adolescents, ages 10 to 17, who are struggling with club drug abuse.

The Phoenix Program at our wilderness treatment center is designed to help adolescents, ages 13-17, who are struggling with substance abuse issues. It is the goal of the Phoenix Program, with the use of the wilderness and multiple therapeutic approaches, to help encourage effective change in each adolescent that comes through our doors.

What is Teen Club Drug Abuse?

What is Teen Club Drug Abuse?

Club drugs are a group of psychoactive substances that are most commonly abused by adolescents and young adults at nightclubs, concerts, and parties. Some of the drugs included in this category are Ecstasy, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), and Rohypnol. These drugs work on the central nervous system and can cause changes in a teen’s mood, behavior, and level of awareness.

Club drugs are synthesized in makeshift laboratories, which makes it extremely difficult to known exactly what chemicals were used to produce them. This means that users never really know the type, quality, or amount of chemicals that they are putting their bodies. This places a young person at an increased risk for overdose, which may result in respiratory problems, coma, or death. Even the first time using a club drug can result in death.

SUWS of the Carolinas is a leading wilderness treatment center, offering therapy for adolescents and teens who struggle with club drug abuse and behavioral disorders.

Signs of Club Drug Abuse

Signs of Club Drug Abuse

Right now you may be asking yourself, “is my son or daughter using club drugs?”

It can be difficult to determine if your son or daughter is abusing club drugs, but if he or she is displaying several of the following it may indicate the presence of a club drug abuse problem:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Unable to sit still
  • Acting impulsively
  • Seems to be “in their own world”
  • Erratic, unpredictable behavior

Physical symptoms:

  • Loss of muscle and motor control
  • Jaw-clenching
  • Blurred vision
  • Impaired coordination
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Heart or kidney failure
  • Drowsiness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Breathing problems
  • Increased body temperature
  • Extreme thirst

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Amnesia
  • Impaired senses
  • Inability to use sound judgment
  • Brain damage
  • Disorientation

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Rapid mood changes
  • Panic
  • Increased anxiety
  • Increased emotional response
  • Agitation
Effects of Club Drug Abuse

Effects of Club Drug Abuse

There are many harmful effects associated with the use of club drugs. In addition to the possibility of severe health issues, abusing any type of club drug can cause life-long complications. Some of the potential ill effects that can result from club drug abuse include:

  • Impaired memory
  • Development of chemical hepatitis
  • Damaged nerve endings
  • Mood swings
  • Development of depression or anxiety
  • Engagement in aggressive behavior
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Higher risk for injury to self or others
  • Violent behavior
  • Higher risk of being the victim of assault
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Development of diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Tremors
  • Depressed respiration
  • Death
Types of Treatment

Types of Treatment Offered at SUWS of the Carolinas

If you discover that your child is abusing club drugs like LSD or ecstasy, it is highly recommended that you seek out professional treatment at a center such as SUWS that specializes in teen drug addiction treatment.  If left untreated, the continued use of these drugs can cause extreme difficulties in your child’s life. Therapy is needed in order to help break the cycle of addiction and reduce the potential for the development of more serious consequences.

A wilderness treatment program is one option of care that has shown to be effective in treating children and adolescents who have been abusing club drugs. Within an outdoor program that provides a real-world setting for therapy, teens can find the lasting treatment they need to fully recover from club drug addiction.

At our treatment center, students will be under the constant supervision of experienced mental health professionals, who will provide around-the-clock care during the withdrawal process and throughout the entire course of treatment. Furthermore, when a young person enters our wilderness treatment center,  they will undergo a thorough psychiatric and medical evaluation, which will help to identify the presence of any co-occurring mental health disorders that may exist. Once this information is collected an individualized treatment plan can be developed, which will outline treatment methods that will address your child’s specific concerns. Out leading wilderness treatment center provide a wide variety of therapeutic methods that will help your son or child replace negative thought patterns, manage the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition, and learn the skills needed to prevent relapse. Finally, our treatment provides family education and support, which will help parents learn to better manage their child’s behavior and help them remain successful once treatment is complete.

Sending our daughter to SUWS was one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make as parents, but we are so glad we did. We can't say enough about the staff and program at SUWS. She's completely shifted her social behaviors to being healthy and productive.

– Anonymous Parent
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • AdvancED
  • 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