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 Behavioral 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.

Behavioral health disorders, usually developing in childhood or adolescents, are a group of mental health conditions that have the potential to cause a significant amount of stress in a young person’s life

At our wilderness treatment center for troubled teens, we blend traditional clinical treatment modalities with wilderness therapy to empower adolescents and teens to overcome their behavioral issues and find lasting recovery.

What is a Behavioral Disorder?

Learn More About Behavioral Disorders

Teens with behavioral disorders will often display chronic patterns of aggression, defiance, disruption, and hostility. Furthermore, the behaviors associated with this group of disorders will often cause problems at home, school, and within interpersonal relationships.

Signs of Behavioral Disorders

Signs of Behavioral Disorders in Teens

Adolescents & teens with behavioral health disorders may frequently throw temper tantrums, be openly defiant, and could end up hurting themselves or others. Additionally, if your son or daughter suffers from a behavioral health disorder, he or she may struggle academically, often resulting in school failure. These troubled teens may also receive disciplinary action at school or get in trouble with law enforcement on a regular basis. If these disorders are not properly treated in adolescents at an accredited treatment center, they have the potential to develop into personality disorders, depression, or bipolar disorder as adults.

At our wilderness treatment center, we recognize that for parents  behavioral health disorders can be in a young person’s life can be very disturbing. Therefore, we offer therapeutic treatment options to adolescents who are struggling with a wide range of issues, including behavioral issues.

Why Choose SUWS

Why Choose SUWS of the Carolinas

SUWS of the Carolinas is an innovative, comprehensive wilderness-based therapy center that is well-equipped to treat adolescents & teens who display behavioral concerns. Our exceptional staff, including Master’s and Doctoral level therapists, has years of experience working with these youth and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of therapy for your child. Some of the behavioral health disorders we treat here at our treatment center include:

  • Aggression
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

At SUWS of the Carolinas, we are dedicated to providing our students with life-changing treatment & therapy that lays the foundation for a happy, limitless future. If you are asking yourself, “does my child have a behavioral health disorder?” our leading wilderness treatment center can help.

I am a single mother of a now 17 year old daughter who has been enrolled in two SUWS of the Carolinas programs with tremendous success. Without the aid of these programs she would most likely be in jail and her life would be a terrible mess. The maturity and growth that my daughter has developed and is exhibiting is exciting and so encouraging! For the first time in her life she is experiencing real, personal success in having true friendships and having positive interactions with other kids and authority

– 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