Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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

Critics of Expanded Naloxone Use in North Carolina Call for Enhanced Oversight, Increased Access to Treatment

It is no exaggeration to note that opioid abuse is a significant problem in North Carolina.

In April, 2016, a report by healthcare information company Castlight Health identified Wilmington, North Carolina, as the worst city in the nation for opioid abuse. The Castlight report, which was based on anonymous data that had been collected from more than one million people over a five-year period, determined that 11.6 percent of adults in Wilmington have engaged in opioid abuse.

Three other North Carolina cities were listed among the 20 worst U.S. cities for opioid abuse. Hickory was number 5 on the list, with an opioid abuse rate of 9.9 percent; Jacksonville was number 12, with an opioid abuse rate of 8.2 percent; and Fayetteville was number 18, with an opioid abuse rate of 7.9 percent.

Castlight Health is not the only organization to note that North Carolina is being plagued by rampant opioid abuse.

About a month before the Castlight Health report was released, CBS North Carolina reported that the annual number of deaths in North Carolina that resulted from heroin overdose had increased by 584 percent, from 2010 to 2014.

In November, Wilmington-area news station WWAY-TV reported that, when all opioids, a category that includes heroin and prescription painkillers, are considered, North Carolina’s overdose rate has increased by 900 percent since 2010.

These, and other reports, have prompted multiple efforts to combat the opioid abuse epidemic in Wilmington and throughout North Carolina. One such initiative is the expanded use of naloxone, a medication that can counteract the effects of opioid overdose. If a person who has overdosed on heroin, a prescription painkiller, or another opioid receives naloxone in time, he or she will immediately go into withdrawal, which can literally be a life-saving experience.

In 2013, North Carolina state law was changed to allow law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and other first responders to administer naloxone to individuals who have overdosed on an opioid. According to the advocacy group NC Harm Reduction Coalition, personnel with 136 North Carolina law enforcement agencies carry naloxone.

In Wilmington, alone, police officers administered naloxone to people who had overdosed on an opioid 36 times between March and November. Thirty of these people immediately went into withdrawal and survived. In the other six attempts, it was determined that the individuals had already died before the naloxone was administered.

The effectiveness of naloxone, and the many lives that have been saved in Wilmington and throughout the state since first responders began carrying it in 2013, has prompted North Carolina to significantly expand access to the medication. In June 2016, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation allowing any person to purchase naloxone without a prescription.

Of course, naloxone alone will not end North Carolina’s opioid abuse epidemic. The medication can stop a person from dying as a result of an opioid overdose, but it does not alleviate the powerful cravings, loss of control, and other symptoms of heroin addiction or other forms of opioid use disorder.

Naloxone can allow a person who would otherwise have died from an opioid overdose to live another day. But if that person does not get effective professional treatment for his or her addiction and any co-occurring mental health disorders that may have contributed to his or her opioid abuse, he or she will remain in grave danger.

Thankfully, comprehensive care for opioid addiction is available in Wilmington, and long-term recovery is possible. If you or someone that you care about has been struggling with opioid addiction, get the help that you need today, so that you or your loved one can experience many healthier and happier tomorrows.

Wilmington gave me exactly what I needed, not what I wanted and for that, I will be eternally grateful.

– Mason D.
We are affiliated with the following organizations, which provide accreditation, education, and training to ensure quality behavioral health and addiction treatment.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • Tricare
  • The Jason Foundation