Changing Tides in Kitty Hawk, NC

Overall Rating

(4.6 of 5)
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3512 North Virginia Dare Trail
Kitty Hawk NC 27949

Changing Tides Philosophy

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!

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

  • Outpatient
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

Facility Highlights

20-bed facility

1:3 Staff client raion

Oceanfront property with all services on one site

Meet the Staff

Aubrey Briggman


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Aubrey graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Family Relations at East Carolina University in Greenville North Carolina. She then found herself wondering what she could do with a degree in Psychology and found employment working for an addiction treatment center. Aubrey quickly found that this was exactly the field that she wanted to be in; she found that helping others was very gratifying for her. She then decided to start her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling a year later so that she could be a more active and integral part of the individual’s treatment. She enrolled in the Master’s Program at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. Not only does she feel a calling to work in this field and specialize with those who suffer from addiction but she has also experienced loved ones battling addiction as well as current loved ones who are in recovery. She feels truly blessed to be a part of the solution to this problem. She absolutely loves the Outer Banks; she is what you would consider a local as she has lived on the scenic island for over 20 years and can’t imagine living anywhere else. The island is full of fun adventures and provides a peaceful, serene place to recovery right along the Atlantic Shore.

Sandra Briggman

BA/Financial Director

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Sandy is a graduate from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Management. The experience that Sandy brings to Changing Tides is her years of working as a Contracts Manager, Pricing Manager, Human Resources Manager, and a company Financial Manager. Sandy feels that working at Changing Tides Treatment Center is a perfect job for her because not only does she get to work as their Financial Manager but she also believes in the company’s philosophy that “Change IS Possible!” In the field of treatment and recovery, Sandy has seen clients come through Changing Tides’ doors and change their lives with the help of the supportive staff. Changing Tides programs and dedication to each person individually has been part of the key to client’s success. Sandy has chosen to work in this field because she feels that treatment and recovery is near and dear to her heart due to her own family’s affliction with alcoholism and drug addiction. It is a family disease and there is hope. Hope and health for the individual and for the family can be achieved through therapy and counseling. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


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

Published on July 2018

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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.

Official Facility Response

Thank you very much for your feedback and taking the time to provide us with your thoughts. We are so happy to be able to provide clients with an atmosphere that is conducive to their treatment experience with our setting along the coast only feet from the ocean. The peer driven community has proven to be very effective in our treatment approach as well and we enjoy seeing the daily growth of each member. Thank you for pointing out some of our accommodations! We love being able to have our furry friends on site with us as well as our comfy beach suites. We also enjoy the real life environment that we have created where clients receive treatment without lots of restrictions, such as they can have their phones, laptops and some vehicle use. Thank you again for your review!

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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.

Official Facility Response

Thank you for your feedback on the program! We appreciate the information that you provided as a review and enjoyed seeing the topics of the peer driven community which we see as very effective in our treatment approach as well as the Process-Based Therapy with the incorporation of the 12 Steps. The family program has proven to be very beneficial to our clients and we feel that keeping family involved is vital in the recovery process for both the clients and their loved ones. Thank you also for pointing out that we provide individualized treatment, we strongly feel that each person should receive individual care based on their needs. We also love having some animals on site! Animal therapy and companionship is very important to some and we are happy to be able to provide that service to our clients. We strongly agree with you regarding the facilities continual growth and improvement and feel that we are working to provide our clients the best care possible. Thank you for your review, we greatly appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

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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.

Official Facility Response

Thank you so much for your review! We greatly appreciate your feedback and are excited to hear your thoughts about our services. We will definitely use this feedback for future reference. Thank you again for taking time to leave us your thoughts.

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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.

Official Facility Response

Thank you for your response! We greatly appreciate your enthusiasm about the work that we do. We are in fact located 50 feet from the ocean which we utilize as a therapeutic part of our clients recovery. Thank you for listing our amenities as we feel these are attractive and beneficial parts to our program. Thank you also for pointing out that our staff is compassionate, we feel that we welcome our clients in as if they were our own family member and treat them with care and respect. Thank you again for your review!

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