Phoenix Outdoor is a therapeutic wilderness program for teens located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. We offer comprehensive treatment in a dynamic, experiential setting for teens ages 13-17 who are struggling with substance abuse/use as well co-occurring behavioral and mental health issues.
In small, single-gender groups, teens hike and camp in the U.S. National Forest, returning to base camp at regular intervals. At all times, both in the wilderness and at base camp, teens are supervised by a team of experienced professionals who keep them safe, teach them camping skills, facilitate peer interaction, and execute a structured curriculum of activities designed by their therapist to identify and address the underlying issues that led to their placement at Phoenix.
Beginning with a comprehensive clinical assessment, our clinical team creates individualized treatment plans for each adolescent based on a blend of therapeutic approaches, including Neurofeedback sessions, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Family Systems therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness skills, yoga, therapeutic drumming, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and expressive arts.