About Us

Four Circles Recovery Center is an innovative wilderness-based treatment program for young adults ages 18-28 who are struggling with addiction, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental health issues. Blending the best of all avenues of clinical treatment, Four Circles harnesses the power of the wilderness to change lives, while integrating proven, time-tested traditional approaches like individual and group counseling, the 12-step philosophy, and a range of cutting-edge clinical services. This winning combination of treatment services has proven time and again to yield lasting change and a strong foundation for sustained recovery.

Young Adult Wilderness Drug Rehab

Located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, our facility is 15 minutes outside the city Asheville. This calming, breathtaking environment provides our clients with a beautiful backdrop for their recovery.

As our name indicates, our treatment program addresses the four circles of recovery—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Four Circles Recovery Center combines a traditional clinical setting with intensive substance abuse services and experiential wilderness therapy to create a foundation for sustained recovery and life changing experiences for young adults facing the challenges of addiction, substance abuse, co-occurring emotional or behavioral issues that have sabotaged their success.

Four Circles Recovery Center has gained positive media attention across many popular news outlets for our state of the art programs and schools including the New York Times, Dateline NBC, The Dr. Phil Show U.S. News & World Report and CNN.

We invite you to allow us to participate in your journey to sustained recovery by joining us at Four Circles today.

Our Clinical Approach

Four Circles’ therapists are licensed masters or doctoral level clinicians who have extensive training and experience dealing with addiction and co-occurring emotional and behavioral issues. Our committed professionals recognize that substance abuse is often accompanied by both dual-diagnosis issues and underlying emotional challenges that must be addressed to ensure lasting recovery and rehabilitation.

We use a variety of clinical and holistic approaches, which allows us to meet your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs while helping you build a strong foundation for sustained recovery. Our approach includes individualized treatment planning, individual and group therapy, AA/NA meetings, art therapy, martial arts practice, life skills training, psycho-educational skills training, family therapy, 12 step meetings, meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, experiential education, motivational enhancement therapy, yoga, career/vocational/psychological testing, gender specific treatment, solution-focused therapy, and relapse prevention therapy.

Success Rate

An independent therapeutic outcome study associated with experiential wilderness therapy treatment for young adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues was performed by the Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy in collaboration with the University of Arkansas. Treatment outcomes were evaluated to determine clients’ progress while at Four Circles and for one complete year after they have completed treatment. Results show that Four Circles’ clients have a sustained recovery rate that is two to three times higher than the national average.

12-Step Philosophy

Four Circles utilizes the 12-Step Philosophy as a basis for treatment and integrates those principles into all aspects of our experiential wilderness rehabilitation program. By learning to apply the 12-Step ideologies into their daily lives, clients learn healthy coping skills that can be later utilized in their life outside of Four Circles and increase their chances for a lasting recovery.

Wilderness Therapy

The wilderness environment serves as a dramatic backdrop for your recovery program. The reality and natural consequences of nature give you immediate feedback. By stepping out of your comfort zone and handling the challenges of the outdoors, you can confront limited beliefs and long-standing emotional patterns in a real and active way.

An experiential wilderness environment also serves as a metaphor for the challenges of the world around you, and helps you transfer the knowledge you gain during your journey back into your own home environment. Participating in the natural world gives you a sense of belonging, and an opportunity to experience authentic, intimate relationships that meet on the grounds of shared pain, shared joy, and the journey of recovery. Your self-limiting beliefs are challenged by the guided accomplishments of mastering the physical and relational skills of living outdoors with a small group of fellow journeyers.

Your Journey to Sustained Recovery

The Four Circles experience begins with a program orientation – a time when we can begin to stabilize, assess, and provide the essential structure for the start of your journey to sustained recovery. Once this foundation has been established, you will prepare to embark on a series of wilderness expeditions.

During your wilderness expeditions, you will hike through the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and live in a place where the sky is your ceiling and the four walls are North, South, East, and West. Here, you’ll begin the internal journey to your authentic self and will discover powerful tools and strategies for long-term success along the way.

In between wilderness expeditions and adventure outings, you will participate in our base camp program, which gives you the opportunity to develop daily living skills, participate in outside AA/NA meetings, engage in family counseling by phone, attend appointments, and work on discharge and after-care planning.

Toward the end of your stay at Four Circles Recovery Center, you will have the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week, healing rite of passage ceremony. During this time you will participate in ceremonies including a four-day “solo” experience that is geared toward preparing you to step out of the past and into your future as an adult.

At the end of your journey, you will transition back to the treatment center to focus on detailed and extensive aftercare planning. At this point, you will develop a relapse prevention plan and create a support system that will help you sustain the progress you have made.


We believe that including the family in the recovery process of our clients is a critical component to the success of their recovery. Family members will have the opportunity to participate in weekly support group phone calls, work through a specially designed Family Workbook, and join our Clinical Director and Program Director for an intensive two-day Family Workshop during your loved one’s stay with us. Engaging family members in the healing and recovery process helps to provide solid footing for your loved one’s abstinence from substance abuse.

Permission & Non-Discrimination Policy

Four Circles Recovery Center is permitted by the United States Forest Service to operate in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDS, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

We are affiliated with the following organizations, which provide accreditation, education, and training to ensure quality behavioral health and addiction treatment.
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council
  • The Jason Foundation