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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at SUWS of the Carolinas.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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

Trails End Ceremony

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 the Trail’s End, students and their families come together in an emotional reunion as they prepare to embark on the next stage of their journey.

Day One

On day one of the three-day graduation process, students join with peers in a final graduation group, while parents attend an all-day parent workshop that helps them plan for the upcoming transition.

Day Two

During the second day, parents are reunited with their children for an emotional reconnection. With guidance from our experienced staff, families begin to get reacquainted with each other on new terms. By demonstrating both the outdoor and the emotional skills they have learned, students begin to re-establish bonds of trust with their parents. At the same time, parents have the opportunity to practice their newfound skills.

Day two culminates in the Family Solo when each family has time to themselves for sharing and bonding without the distractions of modern-day life. This is also an opportunity for the child to give back to the family by preparing dinner and making a fire for their parents. This time of giving back enables adolescents to realize a sense of mission where service, sacrifice, and the giving of self are profoundly important.

While this time can be special and meaningful for families, it can also be stressful as previous behavior patterns tend to resurface. As part of the process, parents and students can then practice establishing new behavior patterns while still in the safety of the SUWS of the Carolinas program. All of these rewards and challenges can be discussed during the final session with the child’s therapist, which happens during the Family Solo.

Day Three

The third day of the graduation process involves a ceremony honoring the accomplishments of each graduate prior to their departure. Equipped with a new set of skills and life experiences, and a support network of caring professionals, students and their parents walk hand in hand as they transition into the next phase of their lives together.

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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