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 Co-Occurring Disorders 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 life-changing wilderness-based therapy program for children and adolescents who are struggling with mental illness and mood disorders.

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 mood disorders and find lasting recovery.

What We Treat

Mental Health Disorders We Treat

Our licensed master’s and doctoral level therapists, as well as our support staff, have extensive training and have had years of experience working with adolescents who are struggling with a myriad of mental illness and substance abuse concerns. Our staff recognizes how important it is to address all presenting issues a teen may have in order to help them grow into respectful, productive adults. SUWS treats children and adolescents for a variety of issues including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Substance Abuse or Addiction
Our Unique Approach

Wilderness Treatment

SUWS of the Carolinas is a life-changing wilderness-based therapy program for children and adolescents who are struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, behavioral issues, and autism spectrum disorder related issues. The four distinct therapy tracks at our treatment center offer a wide range of treatment options that focus on short-term, high impact clinical intervention, and assessment. Our unique clinical approach, using the outdoors as an alternative to conventional treatment environments, has proven to be effective in helping those who come to our center for care identify limiting beliefs and destructive behavioral habits. The highly supervised, structured treatment at SUWS of the Carolinas is highly respected and have been recommended by doctors and therapists across the nation.

Why Choose SUWS

Why Consider Treatment at SUWS of the Carolinas

The outdoor experience at our leading wilderness treatment center is designed to engage our students on a deeper level. By placing a young person in a wilderness setting, we remove modern distractions, simplify choices, and are able to teach valuable lessons. Our expert staff guides students through an experiential based curriculum that allows them to discover their inner strengths and increase their self-awareness and self-esteem. We deliver comprehensive therapy that addresses the neuro-functional, behavioral, emotional, and structural elements needed for optimal health.

At SUWS of the Carolinas, it is our main goal to provide the care needed to help your child overcome the troubles that he or she is facing. Whatever your son or daughter’s mental health needs may be, SUWS of the Carolinas is here to help. Let our compassionate, highly qualified staff help your child achieve a bright, successful future.

It was so hard to send our son to treatment. However, as hard as it was not to talk with him, the correspondence through letters and the phone conference calls with the counselor were a gift to know we were on the right track. He was focused on expressing and finding answers to many of his troubled feelings. He had some setbacks, but never gave up on working through the issues. I thank SUWS for keeping him moving forward.

– 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