Outdoor Teen & Adolescent ADHD Treatment Center

SUWS of the Carolinas, is a life-changing wilderness-based treatment center for children and adolescents who are struggling with ADHD.

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

What is ADHD?

Learn More About ADHD

Noted as one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood, attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by the inability to pay attention, having a difficult time controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. An adolescent or teen struggling with ADHD often has a hard time excelling in school, getting along with other children, and tends to suffer from low self-esteem. In some cases, the symptoms associated with ADHD will continue into adulthood, which can continue to cause additional problems later on down the road. While ADHD cannot be cured, there are treatment options available that can help ayour son or daughter with this disorder learn the skills needed to be successful in life. If you have a child who is struggling with the disruptive symptoms of ADHD, our wilderness treatment center is the perfect palce to help him or her achieve continued success. Throughout the years, our structured and successful therapy has helped many teens & adolescents, and we can help your child as well.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a Loved One or Family Member with the Treatment Process

If your child  is struggling with ADHD, his or her inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity can cause conflict and stress within the family unit as a whole. Getting your child the proper treatment he or she needs can do wonders for symptom management and for getting him or her on track for a bright future. Below is some information that you may find helpful when getting your child the help that he or she needs at an accredited treatment center such as SUWS.

  • Take your child to his or her primary care physician or a mental health professional who can conduct a thorough evaluation to determine if your child’s presenting symptoms are, in fact, the result of ADHD.
  • Once a diagnosis has been received, work with your child’s doctor, therapist, and school to develop a personalized treatment plan that will meet his or her specific needs. This will provide your child with a large support network in all areas of his or her life.
  • Provide your child with a structured routine that he or she can follow on a daily basis. Additionally, you will need to make sure that your child has clearly established consequences and rewards for his or her behavior.
  • Continue to provide your child with unconditional love, encouragement, and support.

If you are still at a loss for what you can do to help your ADHD child, there are many community resources available that can provide you with additional information. Your child’s doctor and therapist should also be able to offer you some helpful information.

Why Choose SUWS

Why Consider Treatment at SUWS of the Carolinas

If attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is not properly treated, it can cause problems in almost all areas of your child or teen’s life. The presence of ADHD can contribute to a wide range of mental health problems, including compulsive eating, anxiety, low self-esteem, conduct disorder, and the possibility for the development of substance use disorders. As a result of the disturbing symptoms, young people with ADHD tend to have a hard time getting along with their peers and family members, often leading to social isolation and loneliness. Additionally, due to their inability to pay attention or sit still, these teens or adolescents will also struggle academically and may also frequently get in trouble at school. For these reasons, among many others, it is important that you get your child the therapy that he or she needs at an ADHD treatment center  in order to properly manage this condition. The ramifications resulting from untreated ADHD can be severe and may leave long-term effects that last well into adulthood.

Types of Treatment

Types of Treatment Offered at SUWS of the Carolinas

At our wilderness treatment center, we provide four different tracks that are designed to meet the distinct needs of all of our students, including those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Each track varies according to age, maturity level, and presenting challenges, as well as the social and adaptive development of our students. These four distinct tracks include:

  • Approach: For adolescents, ages 14-17, who are struggling with autism spectrum disorder, social issues, social avoidance, technology addiction, and more.
  • Phoenix Outdoor: For adolescents, ages 14-17, with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
  • Seasons: For pre-teens, ages 10-13, who are battling ADHD, defiance, entitlement, and poor social skills.
  • SUWS: For adolescents, ages 14-17, who are struggling with anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, learning differences, and trauma.

All have a strong therapeutic foundation of evidence-based treatment practices and a holistic approach to health and wellness. Additionally, the treatment curriculum offered at our therapy center is designed to support the growth of each student and is based on a level system. Each level carries a specific intention, measurable objectives, and can be individualized for each student’s needs. The admissions process will help you determine which program is the right fit for your child.

Throughout the duration of programming, all students will go on multi-day wilderness expeditions where they will participate in many challenging experiences and activities. After each wilderness expedition, students will then spend a week at our base camp, which is used as an extension of the treatment process. Some of the therapeutic methods used in the treatment of ADHD may include the following:

Medication management: Many times, young people with ADHD will require medication in order to help manage some of the distressing symptoms associated with this disorder. However, all medication needs are always determined on a case-by-case basis. Students at our treatment center meet with a psychiatrist on an as-needed basis; however, our psychiatrist is available at base camp every other week in the fall, winter, and spring, as well as every week in the summer. In addition to a psychiatrist, SUWS has a registered nurse on staff and all of our field staff are trained in medication administration.

Individual therapy: Each student at SUWS of the Carolinas receives individual counseling sessions one to two times per week depending on each student’s needs. All individual sessions are conducted by licensed mental health professionals and is a time where your child can focus on his or her own personal concerns and struggles surrounding the symptoms he or she experiences as a result of ADHD.

Group therapy: Process groups are held on a daily basis, while therapy groups, which are led by licensed mental health professionals, are held one to two times per week. Some of the topics covered in group include, but are not limited to: communication skills, bullying, mindfulness, social skills, anxiety, and emotion regulation.

Family therapy: Throughout the duration of a student’s time at our wilderness treatment center, parents will have weekly update calls with a SUWS therapist where they will be updated on their child’s progress, will be involved in treatment planning, and will be able to discuss any family dynamic issues that may have developed as a result of the child’s ADHD. As part of our therapy, SUWS of the Carolinas provides family members with a two-day workshop, which is built on the “Love and Logic” model and is rooted in psychoeducation. Finally, there are a number of family webinars available, which are provided to further support and involve parents in the therapeutic process.

Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional therapeutic methods, SUWS of the Carolinas offers a wide range of experiential therapies, both at base camp and in the wilderness. Some of the activities our students can participate in include:

  • Ropes course
  • Yoga expressive arts
  • Therapy certified dogs
  • Backpacking
  • Tree identifying
  • Trap building
  • Trail navigation

Continuing Care

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment

Once a student has completed therapy at our treatment center, they will participate in a three-day graduation process where students and their families will come together in an emotional reunion as they prepare to embark on the next stage of their journey. During the graduation process, parents will be reunited with their children, spending a night in the wilderness, where they will practice establishing new behavior patterns while still in the safety of our treatment center. On the last day of graduation, a ceremony honoring the accomplishments of each graduate, will be held prior to their departure.

As part of the treatment process here at SUWS of the Carolinas, we also provide each student and their family with transitional planning to help determine the most appropriate placement for your child upon completion of our program. SUWS therapists will coordinate aftercare planning and discharge with parents, referring professionals, and the family transition specialist as needed. Many of our students will go on to attend a longer-term residential program or will return home upon graduation. Our therapists and other mental health professionals will work diligently to make certain that the transition to the next phase of treatment is as smooth as possible.

No matter what your child’s struggles may be, our exceptional staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible. If you are asking yourself, “does my child suffer from ADHD?” the outdoor therapy at our treatment center we can help him or her learn how to properly manage those symptoms and go on to develop a happier, healthy future.

Thanks to SUWS, our son has learned better social skills that he was lacking and we've truly seen him come out of his shell

– Anonymous Parent