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Four Circles Recovery Center

156 Clear Crossing Lane, Horse Shoe, North Carolina, 28742
Four Circles offers residential substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment for young adults. The facility combines comprehensive clinical services with therapeutic wilderness-based activities designed to motivate major change. Clients are forced to become self-sufficient, and begin to see what they are capable of achieving without the aid of alcohol and/or drugs. While the environment is challenging, it is also nurturing and supportive, providing young adults with the encouragement and guidance they need to change their problematic behaviors and build a solid foundation for lifelong sobriety.

Facility Highlights

  • Gender Specific Groups
  • Relapse Prevention Track
  • Holistic Treatment


  • Relapse Prevention

    Four Circles Recovery Center offers a specialized 21-day relapse prevention track for individuals who have completed treatment at any primary alcohol or drug treatment facility within the past 12 months and relapsed. This 21-day program is based on research-backed approaches, including the Gorski-Cenaps® model, which have proven highly effective in helping individuals break the relapse cycle. Our therapists have received extensive training using the Gorski-Cenaps® model and are using it to help clients identify and manage high-risk situations that lead to relapse in the critical first months of recovery.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Melanie Weis PhD, LPC, LCAS-P, NCC
    Melanie Weis PhD, LPC, LCAS-P, NCCProgram Director
    Melanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor who works as the manager of the base component of Four Circles. Here, she provides an additional clinical dimension that helps her ensure that clients are provided a clinically-based experience. Through her professional experience, including receiving her Doctorate Counselor Education with a concentration in multicultural counseling, Melanie has worked with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of grief and loss, domestic violence, addiction, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma and depression. To help treat all of her clients on an emotional, cognitive and behavioral level, Melanie approaches counseling from a person-centered and existential framework, where she utilizes Gestalt and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques. Melanie’s passion for her work is inspired by the transformative power of therapeutic interventions that she has witnessed first hand. She feels privileged to meet with individuals as they confront themselves and begin the journey of becoming who they want to be. She believes deeply in an individual’s ability to create meaning in her or her life through a process of self-acceptance, as well as their overall development of awarenes
  • Heather Schnoebelen MA, LPC, LCAS
    Heather Schnoebelen MA, LPC, LCASClinical Director
    Heather holds a Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology (with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy) from Naropa University. She is a licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Licensed Professional Counselor. Heather has been working with adolescents and families in the wilderness for ten years, and her areas of experience include addictions, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, gender identity issues, oppositional behavior, and conduct disorder with adolescents and young adults. Heather loves working with Four Circles because it allows her to combine her love for the magic of the natural world with her passion for the beauty of the human spirit. She is honored to witness people aspiring to grow and change, and remains a devoted member of the Four Circles team. In her spare time, Heather enjoys rock climbing, backpacking and kayaking.

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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 Rehabs.com 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 Rehabs.com 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 Rehabs.com 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.


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