A Typical Day

At Wilmington, we provide men & women the highest level of care in a setting of complete peace. You won’t find a cold hospital environment here; rather, we ensure the comfort of all how are treated at our treatment center. You’ll have access to quiet, private spaces for individual and group therapy and welcome you to enjoy our common areas for recreation, relaxation, and fellowship.


Patients wake up around 6:30 a.m. and make their way to our dining hall for a nutritious breakfast.

We begin the treatment day with a daily community meeting lead by the Director of Counseling. At this meeting we discuss the upcoming day and celebrate patients who are completing treatment.

This is followed by an educational lecture held in the clinical building for all patients. Lectures are led by our medical director, dietician, nurses, counselors and IOP Directors and address various topics such as the disease of addiction, nutrition, aftercare and relapse prevention.

After the lecture patients break out into small process groups lead by their respective counselor.


After lunch patients participate in the Life Stages groups as well as activities with our full-time recreational therapist who helps them learn how to have fun without using drugs or alcohol.

During breaks, patients complete 12-Step work and therapeutic assignments, write letters, play sports on our basketball and volleyball courts, or get creative through coloring or bracelet making. On a weekly basis, patients earn the ability to go on an outing.

At Wilmington Treatment Center, patients have a voice in their own recovery experience. A patient advocacy committee made up of elected patients meets with our directors once a week to discuss issues at our treatment center and make recommendations. “Fun Fridays” – a time when patients choose a special meal – was invented by patients with past favorites including a taco bar, ice cream social and cupcake day.


Patients gather for dinner around 5:00 p.m. Meals are planned by our dietician in accordance with the American Heart Association guidelines, and include a variety of options ranging from soup and salad to steak and potatoes. Though the food is enjoyable, the highlight of mealtime is our cheerful kitchen staff that is always looking to brighten patients’ days with a song and dance.

In the evening patient’s attend on-campus AA/NA meetings and enjoy a few minutes of quiet time before lights out at 11:00 p.m.


On weekends, family and friends are welcome to visit our drug rehab center and learn about the disease model of addiction and how they can best care for themselves and their loved one during treatment. Patients can also earn off-site family visits. Clinical programming on weekends includes gender groups and Life Stages, as well as recreation therapy, in addition to the family program.

Groups & Meetings

Circle In/Out:

A peer lead group welcoming all new patients from the previous day and saying goodbye to all patients that are scheduled to discharge for the upcoming day.

Community Meeting:

This meeting is led by the Director of Counseling. It is an opportunity for daily announcements, introduction of the Charge Nurse and new staff. We also take this opportunity to recognize the patients who have completed treatment, read daily devotion and close with the serenity prayer.

This meeting transitions directly into the morning lecture every day. Topics include but are not limited to the disease concept, the Twelve Steps, Nutrition, physical health, the family component of treatment, and outpatient services.

Process Group:

Group meeting lead by a member of your counseling team. During the group meeting time, patients are responsible for talking about what is troubling them. Discussion flows according to what patients would like to talk about — the counselors do not, for the most part, assign topics for the group to discuss. Patients are encouraged to give support and feedback to others, and to work with the reactions and responses that other patients’ contributions bring up for them. The therapist will serve as a model for effective communication, offer problem-solving strategies, and promote self-acceptance and self-support.

Gender Process:

Gender groups are held on the weekends. These groups are led by staff of the same gender in order to address the issues that are unique to men and women in early recovery.

Life Stages:

Recovery Principles: Targets those patients in the pre-contemplation and contemplation stage of change. The group focuses on addressing the ambivalence related to abstinence.

Relapse Prevention: Targets those patients in the preparation and action stage of change. The group focuses on barriers to gaining long term sobriety, examines circumstances of relapse.

Church Services:

Wilmington Treatment Center offers a non-denominational church service. We can also coordinate meetings from local pastors and priests.

Book Study:

Book study is an introduction to the AA Big Book and the Recovery process.