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

Typical Day at SUWS

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.

Through our Expedition Model, our students experience time at our base camp, as well as multi-day wilderness expeditions. The therapeutic activities will vary depending on each setting.

Base Camp

At SUWS of the Carolinas, we strategically utilize our beautiful campus as an extension of the treatment process. Time at base camp provides a reprieve from the stressors of the wilderness and offers opportunities to take a warm shower and wash clothing. Therapeutic activities our students participate in at base camp include:

  • Challenge course experiences with our licensed clinicians and trained staff
  • Visits with our therapy certified dogs
  • Optional psycho-educational evaluation with our psychologists
  • Optional psychiatric evaluations with our psychiatrist
  • Opportunities to transfer skills to a more normative environment.
  • Individual and group sessions with a therapist
  • Discussion of objectives, progress and individual treatment plans with staff and clinical team
  • Practice primitive skills such as quartz striking, trap building and bow drilling
  • Enjoy free time to write letters home, work on growth books, do laundry, and play games

Wilderness Expeditions

Students will participate in multi 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:

  • 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
  • Visits with our therapy certified dogs
  • Individual and group sessions with a therapist
  • Discussion of objectives, progress and individual treatment plans with staff and clinical team
  • Enjoy free time to write letters home, work on growth books, do laundry, and play games

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