SUWS Teen & Adolescent Wilderness Treatment Program

SUWS of the Carolinas is a leading wilderness program that puts its entire focus on treating the many issues that children and teens between the ages of 14-17 might be going through, ranging from behavioral issues to substance abuse problems.

Common Issues Treated

Common Issues Treated in our Wilderness Treatment Program

We understand that sometimes, extra measures need to be taken to help children and teens, which is why we have developed a therapy program geared towards encouraging consistent and effective care for these young individuals. Some of the most common issues in children and teens that we treat at SUWS of the Carolinas include the following:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Emotional regulation
  • Trauma
  • Anger issues
  • Family conflict
  • School failure

Treatment Tracks

Treatment Tracks for Individualized Therapy

At SUWS of the Carolinas, our staff recognizes just how important it is to address these issues in order to help these children and teens to grow into respectful, dedicated and productive adults. Within our wilderness setting, our trained professionals are able to provide the utmost level of care for our students, including the use of individualized treatment plans, flexible lengths of stay, intensive therapy on both an individual and group level, weekly treatment planning sessions and a family program. It is the goal of our licensed master’s and doctorate level trained therapists to provide the care needed in this wilderness setting to help your child or teen overcome the troubles he or she is facing in young adulthood. The SUWS of the Carolinas program is split into two different treatment groups: Bravo for our male students and Luna for our female students.

Boys Programming (Bravo)

Addiction & Mental Health Programming for Boys

Adolescence often brings with it turbulence due to emotional fluctuations,  confusion, a distorted self image and peer pressure. While boys may believe they are making the best decisions for themselves, the choices they make about their lives bring consequences that may be self-destructive.

Many students who enter Bravo have experienced a string of failures in significant areas of their lives: family, school, social relationships, and perhaps even previous treatment experiences. By design, Bravo is intended to function as a container for students to experience corrective successes.  The Bravo group is powerful in its ability to create a context for boys to discover and affirm their strengths. Through the use of corrective success, the focus of the Bravo group is to improve awareness of limiting beliefs and maladaptive behaviors in order to shift focus from failure and inadequacy to  self-assurance, competency, and the ability to bring about opportunity. A multi-faceted treatment approach used in the wilderness has been shown statistically to improve response to treatment and improve coping strategies.

Girls Programming (Luna)

Addiction & Mental Health Programming for Girls

Luna serves adolescent females and transgender students who struggle with a variety of symptoms related to trauma, attachment, and conflicted family systems. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, emotion dysregulation, body image issues, suicidal ideation, self-harm, social struggles, defiance, autism spectrum, and impulse control.

Luna offers an opportunity to create a BASE or foundation for growth and healing. Through awareness, self-exploration, and relationships, students work toward:

  • Discovering their inner Beauty
  • Becoming their Authentic selves
  • Creating and fostering healthy Secure connections
  • Owning feelings and experiences of Empowerment

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