Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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

Typical Student at Phoenix

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.

At Phoenix, we treat teenagers between the age of 13 and 17 who are struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorder. It is our goal to not only help identify these issues, but also address them in ways that encourage continual, long-lasting growth in our students.

Typical Disorders

The students that we typically treat display one or more of the following issues:

  • Substance use/abuse
  • Defiance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Entitlement
  • Low self-esteem
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Anger

In addition, many of our students also struggle with family conflict issues, school failure, and negative peer relationships.

We understand that these issues require a bevy of different therapeutic approaches, which is why at Phoenix, we make sure to offer as many effects forms of care as possible to help address each one of these issues in an appropriate and effective manner.

Safety of our Students

Throughout the wilderness expeditions, students will be able to engage in cooking meals, going for hikes, setting up camp and participating in group sessions around the campfire. For all of these activities and more, our field staff ensures that students are safe at all times. They are certified in backcountry medicine, trained in risk management and have significant clinical experience in wilderness leadership. In addition, field instructors operate under strict safety protocols that help promote a safe and secure environment.

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