Four Circles Recovery Center in Horse Shoe, NC

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(3.3 of 5)
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156 Clear Crossing Lane
Horse Shoe NC 28742

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Set within the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, 15 minutes outside of Asheville, N.C., Four Circles Recovery Center provides treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions through its wilderness-based program. Four Circles requires a minimum 42-day commitment for young adults ages 18 to 28. Detox is not available on-site.


Four Circles is rooted in 12-step programming and blends holistic and evidence-based therapies into gender-specific treatments. Length of stay depends on the individual, though the center requires a minimum of 42 days.

Individualized treatment incorporates individual, group, and family therapy, 12-step meetings, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and nutrition classes. Holistic therapies include meditation, martial arts, art therapy, yoga, and life skills training.

In line with the core belief that men and women respond differently to drugs and alcohol, programming at Four Circles is gender-specific. Accordingly, men’s and women’s living quarters, therapeutic services, and wilderness activities are all separate.

The center provides monthly two-day family workshops and weekly family therapy sessions over the phone.

The facility also offers a 21-day relapse prevention track for individuals who have relapsed after completing treatment at any rehab center within the past year.

Prior to leaving treatment, clients will complete a one-week healing ceremony and develop an aftercare plan and a relapse prevention plan.


Four Circles’ employs licensed professionals, social workers, and therapists, admissions coordinators, a medical coordinator, and wilderness field instructors.


Four Circles’ treatment is centered on its wilderness expeditions where clients learn survival and life skills. Clients will regularly engage in rock climbing, camping, fly fishing, and canoeing. Trips last anywhere between a week to 10 days. In between trips, clients will complete community service projects and stay on-campus.


Three alumni responding to a poll gave Four Circles varied reviews. Two alum gave the facility perfect five-star reviews for treatment effectiveness while another reviewer gave the category only one star out of a possible five. Two alumni praised staff. G.F. wrote: “Staff was great but nutrition was a downfall.” The anonymous one-star reviewer commented: “This place costing $1,800 a day (without insurance) is complete robbery.”

On Google, 29 reviewers gave the center an average 4.3 stars out of five to date. Most reviews were either one or five stars. Those leaving high marks for the facility praised the adventure program and staff support. However, one-star reviewers noted the high cost of treatment Five-star reviewer Stephen commented: “Couldn't have been happier with my experience here as a still sober alumni I can say without doubt there inpatient and aftercare house saves.” [1]


Two loved ones gave Four Circles opposing reviews at this time of writing. Parent D.E. criticized amenities and available meetings and programming, calling the facility a “prolonged detox center.” Loved one Tammy told that Four Circles had a “Wonderful family program facilitated by the staff.” Tammy awarded perfect five-star ratings for the center’s holistic options, counseling services, and treatment effectiveness.

Though has not yet received feedback from current or former staff members, two employees gave three- and four-star ratings on Indeed. [2]

Four Circles accepts most insurance plans, including Humana, Kaiser Permanente, Cigna, United Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Payment plans are offered to qualifying individuals.


Published on October 2017

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Our son went into the center with the hope of overcoming his addiction. His experience and ours were less than expected. There was a 30 minute meeting but no orientation of expectations, goals etc. The amenities were that there were none. The counseling consisted of meeting with a "counselor" one per week for approximately 30 minutes. This is basically a prolonged detox center. Ironically I just attended a program where a young lady spoke about her experience at Four Circles. She relapsed immediately after leaving the program due to receiving little counseling and a lot of walking. They are more interested in money for hikers and staff cost. Our son left the program and finally made the decision to stop using. We would not recommend this facility.

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Majority of this is a complete lie. 1. It says your out in the wildreness for 4 -14 days. False. You are out 14 days everytime. 2. Says you come back to shower. False. the 14 days you are out there you won't get one shower. 3. Says you see a therapist 4 times per week. False. You get 1, 30 minute session with your therapist per week. Group sessions are with your guides who have no training in that area. 4. Says food is good. BSfood is awful. You will be hungry. 5. You will be completely miserable. Majority of people there are there because the court forced them. If you have a choice. DO NOT GO HERE. I REPEAT. DO NOT GO HERE. The very nice place you see in all the pictures is where all the main people work. You rarely go in there. They don't show you where you stay on base because it's gross. literally trash. This place costing $1,800 a day (without insurance) is complete robbery. You get one call home once every three weeks. You're therapist calls them before hand to fill them in. So when you tell them how much of a cruddy the place is they won't believe you because the therapist just told him or her how lovely it is. When you try to leave it's horrible. They make you spend hours on end filling out paperwork. literally all. day. long. Please help yourself and find somewhere that cares about your well being rather than their pockets.

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Spiritual growth encouraged. Food was bad, too much hiking, not enough recovery. Overall a good experience, first rehab I attended and I have almost 2 year of continuous sobriety today

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Staff was great but nutrition was a downfall.

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Our older son was there in 2012. Wonderful family program facilitated by the staff. His aftercare provides a weekly update and we are financially supporting our son until he can find a job to support himself. Our son has a renewed outlook on life that is positive. This facility most likely has saved our son's life. FCRC is focused on treatment of young adults ages 18 - 30 and they do it better than any other program that I've heard about. Both of our sons have been fortunate to be treated here and it has been a life-changing experience in both cases. Our older son has been clean since 2012 (he did relapse, but is now sober again thanks to the tools he learned at FCRC). Addiction is a chronic disease and is very difficult to treat, but the staff at FCRC have patience and passion and the expertise to do it well.

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