Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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

SUWS Teen & Adolescent Wilderness Treatment 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.

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
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • AdvancED
  • 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