Typical Day in the Phoenix Program

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.

Phoenix Outdoor offers a unique model of wilderness therapy where our students participate in a well balanced schedule both in a campus and wilderness environment. Students will experience an ongoing schedule of 5 days at our base camp, followed by 10 days on wilderness expedition.

Base Camp

At base camp, we work with our students to test their accomplishments in the wilderness as well as develop the skills necessary to make their recovery sustainable. We continually strive to provide a safe internal environment for each one of them so that they can keep reaching for their recovery goals without getting thrown off track by life’s many ups and downs.

When students are at base camp in between hikes and activities, they are able to connect with their licensed clinical therapist daily to participate in individual, group and family sessions. In addition to this contact, students also engage in a variety of therapeutic activities, including:

• Physical activities/recreational activities
• Substance abuse educational groups
• Narcotics anonymous meetings
• Neurofeedback
• Group dialectical behavior therapy sessions
• Different levels of ropes courses
• Yoga classes
• Sessions with guest instructors from the community to encourage continued education
• Optional psychiatric services and psychological testing

Through these and many other therapeutic activities, students are able to work on self-awareness, group cohesion, relapse prevention strategies, addiction education, and much more.

Wilderness Expeditions

Students will participate in 10 day wilderness expeditions in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. While maintaining the highest level of clinical awareness and goal driven treatment, our highly trained staff will successfully lead each group through challenging experiences and activities including:

• Personalized therapeutic support with highly trained staff including psycho-educational groups, 12 step meetings, treatment curriculum assignments, and meeting treatment plan goals
• Individual and group sessions with a therapist
• Summiting mountains to beautiful overlooks
• Building and establishing safe campsites
• Preparing and cooking healthy meals
• Practicing hygiene and self care
• Camp and wilderness skills
• Team building activities and initiatives

I went into this program scared out of my mind. At SUWS, I learned the tools I needed to work through my issues and I'm forever grateful.

– Anonymous Patient
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • Cognia
  • 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

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