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Changing Tides Addiction Treatment Center

3512 North Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 27949
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!

Facility Highlights

  • 20-bed facility
  • 1:3 Staff client raion
  • Oceanfront property with all services on one site


  • 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 Settings

  • Beach Community

Meet the Staff

  • Aubrey Briggman
    Aubrey BriggmanMA/Owner
    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
    Sandra BriggmanBA/Financial Director
    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.

Financial Details

  • Up to 60%

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


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 Rehabs.com 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 Rehabs.com to date gave high ratings for the accommodations.

Accommodations and amenities: 4.8/5


The two alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com 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 Rehabs.com 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 Rehabs.com gave positive opinions about the cost of treatment.

Worth the cost: 4.8/5

[1] GoogleReviews

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