Center Category: Rehab Centers
A part of the Acadia Healthcare, SUWS of the Carolinas was founded in 1981 in Idaho. The focus at SUWS is treating children and adolescents having emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse problems through a uniquely experiential approach.
The main philosophy of SUWS is positive peer influence. SUWS believes that peer influence helps students to shift from blaming and entitlement to becoming responsible and having healthy relationships. The goal of the treatment programs is addressing problems with the help of peers instead of running away.
The residential campus of the SUWS is located in Old Fort, North Carolina. Children aged between 10 and 17 are gender-segregated and live in seven (four boys and three girls) large cabins. These units have four bedrooms, and four children share a bedroom. Each room is furnished with single beds, a shared dresser, and a closet. Communal showers and restrooms are situated outside the cabins.
SUWS provides camping equipment, food, hiking gear, and suitable outdoor clothing. Participants cannot bring any personal electronics to the campsite. They also cannot leave the campgrounds without permission.
Participants are served meals that are prepared under the supervision of a licensed counselor. Responsibility of setting up and cleaning up lies with the program participants.
Since SUWS does not offer any detox facility, participants having withdrawals are not allowed in the program. Each participant undergoes an assessment for the first 48 hours after admission. This assessment is utilized by the clinical staff to prepare a customized treatment plan. The components of the plan include group and individual therapies and educational classes. The specific treatment approach – CBT or DBT- gets determined at this stage, and so does any dual diagnosis support. Program participants are introduced to a social recovery model and 12-step concepts.
Upon arrival, the students enroll in an existing group that has a well-established positive peer culture. The leadership positions in these groups are earned through achievement. A core treatment team of therapists and counselors supervise these groups.
SUWS follows a wilderness treatment model. The center arranges backpacking trips, which lasts from 10 to 14 days. Students return to campus at scheduled intervals to take part in the Challenges/ROPES course and equine therapy. SUWS also arranges camping trip which lasts from five to ten days. Each trip has around eight to nine students and two field staff (certified in first-aid and wilderness training).
SUWS of the Carolinas aims at placing children in challenging environments. The belief is that these trips will help therapists and counselors to engage children positively. The outdoor camping experience also aims at releasing deeply-held passions more healthily.
Programs offered by SUWS of the Carolinas aims at assisting children in character development and assist in the discovering guiding principles and core values.
Approximately $19,000 (28 days).
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