Phoenix Outdoor is a therapeutic wilderness program for teens located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. We offer comprehensive treatment in an experiential setting for teens ages 14-17 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. Beginning with a comprehensive clinical assessment, our clinical team creates individualized treatment plans for each adolescent based on a blend of therapeutic approaches, including Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Family Systems therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness skills, yoga, therapeutic drumming and expressive arts.
Additional drug and alcohol education is offered each week so that adolescents can better understand the effects of substance use on their brains, bodies, and lives. Group sessions, including 12-Step meetings, help show the teens how to use a support group to stay substance-free.
We offer crisis intervention, a thorough assessment of both the underlying issues that are driving a teen's negative behaviors and the scope and severity of substance abuse, and a treatment program designed to bring about significant behavioral changes in the adolescents.