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Changing Tides

Changing Tides Kitty Hawk North Carolina

Our goal at Changing Tides is to provide hope and coping skills for those struggling with the complexities of life. Our desire is to aid individuals in making the CHANGE necessary to restore their lives. Beneath the suffering is the ability 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 hope to help clients establish healthier habits and continued growth in all areas of their lives. Here at Changing Tides we wholeheartedly 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 doesn’t offer detox and client must be 18 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, submit a background check, enter willingly, and be detoxed to enter treatment.

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

Group therapy is an essential component to recovery, and includes sharing information and experiences with others, learning how to avoid engaging in relapse behaviors, and learning healthy behaviors. Group therapy is also designed to reduce stress, guilt, and pain while boosting confidence and self-esteem.

During individual therapy, clients discuss goals and create individualized treatment plans with therapists. Family therapy is also available and family is allowed to attend workshops along with therapy sessions. Psycho-educational therapy is designed to help clients and their loved ones learn more about addiction, its symptoms, and how to treat it.

Experiential therapy involves actions, movements, and activities. Some examples include recreational, expressive art, music, wilderness, adventure, and psychodrama therapy. Along with therapy, clients learn life skills and are monitored through random drug screenings.


Changing Tides’ website indicates the treatment team includes therapists and nurses. The five individuals polled by to date provided mostly positive opinions of the staff.

Staff’s level of experience: 4.6/5


Changing Tides’ website notes private rooms, shared rooms, and family suites are available. Also, the center is pet friendly. The five individuals polled by to date gave high ratings for the accommodations.

Accommodations and amenities: 4.8/5


The two alumni surveyed by at the time of this writing gave positive feedback, and gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, family participation, and staff availability. However, the alumni rated the center’s holistic offerings the worst with four and three stars.

“Great save 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 people to leave Google Reviews for Changing Tides gave mixed feedback.[1] One reviewer gave five out of five stars and noted they appreciate their honest approach to their programs. The other individual gave one star, but provided no commentary.


To date, the three staffers polled by provided positive opinions of Changing Tides. They all gave five or four out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, professionalism, counseling options, and exercise and leisure activities.

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


According to Changing Tides’ website, it accepts insurance plans, which only about 60 percent of all treatment facilities in North Carolina accept. Services are offered on a sliding scale for individuals who can’t afford treatment. The five people polled by gave positive opinions about the cost of treatment.

Worth the cost: 4.8/5

[1] GoogleReviews

Reviews about Changing Tides

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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.
    • Treatment Effectiveness
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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
    • Accommodations & Amenities
    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.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • 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.
    • Treatment Effectiveness
    • Accommodations & Amenities
    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.