Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Wilmington Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Wilmington Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Is there a “Non-Lethal” Strain of Heroin?

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Within Wilmington and its surrounding communities, there has been a recent surge in the distribution of a substance that is being marketed as “non-lethal” heroin. Due to the fact that this substance has earned the reputation of being “non-lethal,” many individuals are under the misguided perception that it is safe to use. This, however, could not be further from the truth.

This particular strain of heroin allows individuals to achieve a stronger high by ingesting a smaller amount of the substance itself. In other words, it gives users “more bang for their buck.” Due to the fact that these people are consuming a smaller amount of heroin, their risk for overdosing decreases.

While it is obvious that having less people overdosing is immensely encouraging, a problem arises in the fact that this makes individuals assume that it is safe to be using this drug. Individuals are beginning to feel less of a need to seek help for a heroin abuse problem because they no longer feel that they are in danger of overdosing. Yet, simply because a person does not overdose the first few times that he or she uses heroin does not mean that the risk of future overdose is eliminated. Furthermore, even if a person does not overdose on heroin, the detriments that he or she is inflicting on his or her body are innumerable.

Additionally, the sale of heroin laced with other chemicals has become increasingly popular, adding to the ever-present dangers associated with the use of this drug. Most disturbingly, heroin is being laced with fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that has been linked to an epidemic of overdoses. When heroin is laced with other chemicals, it becomes especially dangerous, and potentially lethal. Furthermore, because individuals can never be certain what chemicals are actually being laced into the heroin they are consuming, they have no way of knowing how their bodies will react.

In order to understand the dangers behind prolonged heroin use, it is important to understand how the body responds to the substance. Even if an individual is initially consuming a lower dose of heroin, his or her body will eventually become tolerant to the presence of the substance, meaning that he or she will be forced to consume greater quantities in order to achieve the high that he or she desires. As the quantity that is ingested increases, the person is then at risk for overdosing.

Furthermore, the use of heroin produces significant damage to one’s physical and mental health, as well as to his or her ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. For example, abusing heroin can result in clogged blood vessels, irreversible cognitive impairment, and damage to vital organs. For those individuals who ingest heroin intravenously, they also become vulnerable to contracting viruses like hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. Disturbances in reproductive functioning, heart attacks, strokes, and seizures have also been known to plague individuals who abuse heroin.

For these reasons and more, it is imperative that individuals do not succumb to believing the falsity that there truly exists a non-lethal form of heroin. Whether it be due to an overdose or to a medical condition that is the direct result of heroin use, death is an ever-looming risk that those who abuse this substance face. Anyone who is struggling with the compulsion to abuse heroin should promptly seek and receive treatment so as to prevent such devastation.

If you or a loved one is trapped in the vicious cycle of heroin abuse, or if you have any questions regarding this new strain of heroin, please do not hesitate to contact the staff at Wilmington Treatment Center today.

Going to Wilmington was the greatest decision I ever made. The encouragement I received will never be forgotten and I'm proud to say that I am sober today!

– Nathan Z.
We are affiliated with the following organizations, which provide accreditation, education, and training to ensure quality behavioral health and addiction treatment.
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  • The Jason Foundation