Typical Student at Phoenix

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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
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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