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.

A few years ago, I had two friends who had both sent their daughters to SUWS and spoke so highly of it and how it changed the lives of their children and families. Never did I think I would need a place like this. But I did. There aren't words to describe how much this place and its staff saved my daughter. I never felt alone in the journey because of the staff and their commitment to helping children is never ending. I'm forever grateful for this program and the people at SUWS.

– Anonymous Parent
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Cognia
  • 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

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