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.

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Wilmington Treatment Center helps individuals struggling with heroin addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Located in North Carolina, Wilmington will help you smoothly transition from detoxification to our residential rehab center.

Heroin Detox

The Importance of Heroin Detox

Heroin is an extremely potent and dangerous substance that can cause monumental disturbances in the lives of those who become addicted to it. Despite the fact that the dangers associated with the use of this substance are well-known, it remains a popular drug of abuse throughout society. And once a person begins experimenting with the use of heroin, he or she is susceptible to rapidly becoming addicted to it, risking an addiction that can be incredibly challenging to overcome.

Heroin can be consumed in a number of ways, including snorting, smoking, or injecting it. The physical ramifications of consuming the substance in any fashion can be extremely detrimental, and put the user’s life at risk. As a person continues to consume heroin, his or her body starts to become tolerant to the effects of the substance, causing him or her to have to increase the amount that he or she is consuming, or to increase the frequency of which he or she is using. This increase can subsequently result in the individual becoming dependent on the drug, meaning that his or her body essentially no longer knows how to function unless the drug is present in its system. For this reason, it is imperative that individuals have the substance removed from their bodies as quickly as possible and seek treatment.

What Happens During Withdrawal

What Happens During Heroin Withdrawal

When a person stops using heroin after his or her body has become dependent on it, he or she is vulnerable to experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms arise as the body adjusts itself to functioning without heroin. Examples of symptoms that can arise during the period of heroin withdrawal include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Intense cravings for the drug
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Extreme feelings of restlessness
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Excessive yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Bone pain

Because these symptoms can cause immense distress, many individuals resort to resuming their use of the drug strictly to experience relief. Thus, the cycle of heroin abuse and addiction continues.

Why Choose Us For Heroin Detox

Why Choose Wilmington Treatment Center for Heroin Detox

Withdrawing from heroin is not only an unpleasant experience, but it can also be extremely dangerous. For this reason, it is beneficial for individuals to be monitored by professionals throughout that period of time. The most optimal way for individuals to begin the process of recovering from an addiction to heroin is by participating in detoxification services. During detoxification, otherwise known more simply as detox, an individual’s body is cleared of heroin through a physiological process. This medically monitored process allows individuals to be in a safe and supportive environment while their bodies become rid of heroin or any other toxic substances.

At Wilmington Treatment Center, we offer state-of-the-art detox protocols that allow our patients the highest level of comfort as they take this first step towards recovering from their addictions to heroin. With a full team of experienced medical personnel, individuals who engage in the detox program at our center can rest assured that they will have access to professionals who are experts in their respective fields. Throughout the detox process, medical staff checks in with each individual on a daily basis, while our attentive and compassionate nursing staff remains available around-the-clock to ensure that each person is safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the process. Medications are available and may be administered when appropriate in order to further alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.

Additionally, at Wilmington Treatment Center, we are extremely pleased to offer our patients the ability to engage in our auricular acupuncture program, which is endorsed by the American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. This process helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms through the use of small electric microcurrents. By taking advantage of this program, patients can experience the relief of recovery as quickly as their bodies will allow.

Furthermore, as patients progress through detox and become more physically and mentally stable, they have the option of participating in support groups and recreational activities like yoga, art therapy, and music therapy.

Long-Term Benefits of Detox

Long-Term Benefits of Heroin Detoxification

The benefits of receiving detoxification services when working to overcome an addiction to heroin are vast, and can have a lasting impact on the wellbeing of each person who chooses to engage in them. The following are among the many benefits of participating in detox:

  • Because detox occurs in a safe and secure setting, individuals do not have access to heroin. As such, they will not have the temptation to use heroin like they would if they were in their home environments.
  • The discomfort of the withdrawal process can be dramatically reduced, if not eliminated completely.
  • Individuals are monitored by medical professionals, which allows them to remain safe and comfortable.
  • Mental health and addiction experts are on hand to provide ongoing support and encouragement throughout the process.
  • Detoxification provides the clarity of mind that individuals need as they begin to engage in the therapeutic aspects of recovery.
  • The risk of further detriments impacting an individual’s physical and mental health can be eliminated.

Making the decision to overcome an addiction to heroin can be incredibly intimidating. Those who make this brave choice should be encouraged and celebrated. At Wilmington Treatment Center, we revere each individual who chooses to enter our program with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. Our goal is to help every person who is entrusted into our care achieve the goals they have for their recovery and rediscover a life of health and happiness.

If you have any questions about our detoxification process or any other aspect of the care offered at our detox center, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

I can't imagine where I'd be if I hadn't help for my heroin abuse at this place. Wilmington gave me my life back.

– Zeke L.
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