Changing Tides

Changing Tides Kitty Hawk North Carolina

Our goal at Changing Tides is to provide hope and coping skills for individuals facing the challenges of life. Our objective is to assist individuals in making the necessary changes to restore their lives. Beneath the suffering lies the potential for each person to experience serenity. We are committed to helping our clients achieve that experience through individual, group, and family therapy, psychoeducation, peer support, and an emphasis on structure. We aim to help clients establish healthier habits and foster continued growth in all aspects of their lives. Here at Changing Tides, we strongly believe that change is possible!


Located in Kitty Hawk, N.C., Changing Tides is a treatment center that offers intensive outpatient programs, outpatient programs, and sober living environments to individuals struggling with addiction. The center does not provide detox services and clients must be 18 years old to enter treatment. It is one of 206 (about 42 percent) of intensive outpatient programs in North Carolina.


According to Changing Tides’ website, treatment typically begins with a screening and assessment. Clients must be at least 18 years old, undergo a background check, enter treatment voluntarily, and complete detoxification before starting treatment.

Therapy is the primary focus of the treatment program, and the center offers individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, educational therapies, and experiential therapy.

Group therapy is a vital component of the recovery process, involving information and experience sharing with others, learning relapse prevention strategies, and acquiring healthy behaviors. Group therapy aims to reduce stress, guilt, and pain while enhancing confidence and self-esteem.

During individual therapy, clients set goals and work with therapists to develop personalized treatment plans. Family therapy is also available, allowing family members to participate in workshops and therapy sessions. Psycho-educational therapy aims to educate clients and their loved ones about addiction, its symptoms, and treatment options.

Experiential therapy incorporates actions, movements, and activities. Examples include recreational therapy, expressive art therapy, music therapy, wilderness therapy, adventure therapy, and psychodrama therapy. Alongside therapy, clients learn life skills and undergo random drug screenings.


Changing Tides’ website states that the treatment team comprises therapists and nurses. The five individuals surveyed by have generally positive opinions about the staff.

Staff’s level of experience: 4.6/5


According to Changing Tides’ website, private rooms, shared rooms, and family suites are available. The center is also pet-friendly. The five individuals surveyed by have given high ratings for the accommodations.

Accommodations and amenities: 4.8/5


The two alumni surveyed by provided positive feedback, giving five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, family participation, and staff availability. However, they rated the center’s holistic offerings the lowest, with four and three stars.

“Great sober living environment to get sober, continue your recovery, and live in a sober community,” an alum wrote in a representative review.

To date, the two reviewers on Google for Changing Tides have provided mixed feedback.[1] One reviewer gave five out of five stars and mentioned their appreciation for the center’s honest approach to their programs. The other reviewer gave one star but did not provide any commentary.


To date, the three staff members surveyed by have expressed positive opinions about Changing Tides. They have given five or four out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, professionalism, counseling options, and exercise and leisure activities.

“Staff is approachable, professional, and genuinely interested in the success and growth of each client,” a staff member wrote in a positive representative review.


According to Changing Tides’ website, the center accepts insurance plans, which is a service offered by only about 60 percent of all treatment facilities in North Carolina. The center also offers services on a sliding scale for individuals who cannot afford treatment. The five individuals surveyed by have expressed positive opinions about the cost of treatment.

Worth the cost: 4.8/5

[1] Google Reviews

Changing Tides Reviews

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  • I had an excellent experience at Changing Tides. Each day I experienced therapy, fellowship, and free time. I had my on beach suite to retreat back to which allowed me the solitude I needed as an introvert, this was much needed for me, especially after socializing all day. I like the fact there was fitness and pool accommodations on site. I loved the fact that the beach was 29 steps from my room. The atmosphere, setting, price, ability to use cell phone, have pets, staff is like a family. Meals and activities.
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    I immensely enjoy working at Changing Tides. I�m proud to be part of a treatment center where accountability takes place in a real-life, peer-driven atmosphere. By combining process-based therapy, CBT, utilizing the 12 steps, and incorporating family/support involvement, clients are given strong support in their unique recovery journey. Individualized treatment with on site care coordination by nursing staff. Pet friendly and private rooms available. The oceanfront location provides for the perfect backdrop to meditation and physical activity. Staff is approachable, professional, and personally interested in the success and growth of each client. Facility growth and improvement is a constant process being addressed by both staff and clients.
    • Treatment Effectiveness
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    Changing Tides provides clients with a real life atmosphere in a supportive environment with accountability and a peer community. Peer Driven Real Life Atmosphere Process Based 12 Steps utilized Family incorporation. No activities included Food is not included.
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  • Great save living environment to get sober, continue your recovery and live in a sober community. Sober living environment in a great beach setting. There could be more weekend activities.
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    The facility is located about 50 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. The sun rises are spectacular and the calming effect of the rhythmic ocean waves aid in the recovery process. Aubrey, the Facility Administrator, is a delight to work with. She is very professional, caring, and witty which helps everyone, staff and clients, to feel comfortable. She is also very accessible 24/7. The lodging for the clients is unique in that they have a little mini apartment equipped with a full kitchen. I feel like this is a great benefit to the clients because they are living in a real life setting and experiencing their recovery journey as they would live at home. The health and well being of all clients comes first. The therapy and activities are tailored according to individual needs. All services are on site where the clients live so there is no commute for individual or group. Location, staff commitment to clients, therapy, outside pool during the summer, safe location, client camaraderie, nurse on staff, therapist on staff. Needs a bit more client outings. therapy. There is an exercise room on site as well. The quality of the staff and their compassion to assist everyone on their journey to making a change to a healthy and productive life is priority.