Changing Tides

4.6 (5 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
3512 North Virginia Dare Trail
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
8779594697 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

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!

Changing Tides Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

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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 intr...


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, C...


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 Famil...

Bill W

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.


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 Admini...

Areas of Focus
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 treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

Intensive Outpatient

Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.


The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)

Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

Aftercare Support

Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Individual Therapy

This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Individualized Treatment

Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.


Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.

Family Program

Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Key Staff Members
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    Aubrey Briggman - MA/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.

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    Sandra Briggman - BA/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.

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    Adriana Gomez-Nichols - Masters Level Therapit

    Adriana was born in Colombia, South America where her father is originally from providing her with a strong multicultural lens of counseling and social interaction. However, Adriana is an Outer Banks local, growing up in Southern Shores. She studied Sociology and Hispanic Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She promptly proceeded further education to obtain her Masters in Counseling and Art Therapy at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Adriana has always desired to work with people in a healing way. Growing up on the Outer Banks, Adriana witnessed family members and friends face the battle of addiction, and became aware of the lack of resources that the OBX has for those fighting for their lives. Adriana believes that those who face addiction are survivors; surviving another day the only way they know how. For this reason, Adriana feels it is pertinent that those going through life this way, need help, deserve the best care, and can truly benefit from a peer-based environment where they can relate with others who are facing the same battle.Adriana spends her free time exploring outside with her two dogs; Karma and Kili, painting or creating art in general, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing while reading or watching tv with her two dogs and cat, Junie. Adriana believes that humans are all similar in the fact that we are born to connect with one another. For this reason, Adriana practices from a person-centered, humanistic, and relational model of therapy. Adriana is firm in that therapy cannot happen unless there is a foundation of trust and safety in the alliance between client and therapist. Adriana incorporates experiential therapy activities, talk therapy, and art therapy to help facilitate the journey to self-discovery and healing that she guides each client through.

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    Donna Watson - Masters Level Therapist

    Donna is a Mental Health Counselor and has over 23 years of experience in the industry. She combines her individual, private, group and clinical counseling expertise with her knowledge to offer clients a very unique perspective of problem solving, mental health and substance abuse counseling. Donna has a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Old Dominion University and a Master’s degree in counseling from Parkwood University. Donna strives to bring an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concern, and action to the counseling process in order to maximize outcomes and provide genuine healing and wholeness to individuals and families. Donna has over 23 years’ experience of counseling with a wide range of clients in a variety of treatment settings. These have included providing counseling in Psychiatric Hospitals, Probation, Addiction Treatment Facilities both inpatient and outpatient and Home Health. Areas of emphasis include Addiction, PTSD, Mood Disorders, and Autism.