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

Prescription Drug Relapse Prevention & Recovery

Why People Relapse

Why People Relapse Into Prescription Drug Abuse

There are countless prescription medications available today. Prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin provide immense relief and improve the quality of life for people who are suffering from chronic pain conditions or who are experiencing significant pain as the result of an injury or medical procedure.

Stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin provide individuals who are suffering from things such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy with the help they need in order to continue functioning appropriately each day. Benzodiazepines such as Klonopin, Xanax, and Ativan serve to alleviate the symptoms of conditions like anxiety, panic attacks, migraines, and seizures, ultimately providing individuals who are suffering from such with the assistance they need in order to achieve overall wellness.

Yet, while all of these medications serve a very specific purpose and can be immensely beneficial in improving the lives of those who are suffering from various medical and mental health concerns, they also possess addictive properties that can force individuals into the devastating cycle of prescription drug abuse and addiction.

Some individuals may receive prescriptions for certain medications in order to treat legitimate medical concerns, but the pleasurable effects that these medications can elicit the potential to cause those people to begin taking the medications outside of the prescribed guidelines. Other individuals do not have a medical necessity to take these substances and may begin to abuse them due simply to the fact that they can bring about such pleasant side effects.

Regardless of the precipitating factors, once an addiction to a prescription drug has developed, it can be exceedingly difficult for individuals to overcome. For this reason and more, those who are battling these types of addictions and choose to get professional help should be encouraged for their bravery and have their successes celebrated.

However, even when a person does engage in treatment, it does not mean that his or her struggle with addiction is over. Unfortunately, the nature of addiction makes it something that individuals often have to confront each day. Because of this fact, when a person receives treatment for his or her addiction to prescription medications, his or her treatment provider should arm him or her with options for continuing care services so that he or she can have the best chance of sustaining sobriety upon leaving the treatment setting. When such continuing care services are not offered or are not taken advantage of by the person in recovery, the result could be a relapse into prescription drug abuse.

A relapse occurs when a person has achieved sobriety, remains sober for a period of time, but then succumbs to using his or her substance choice once again. Relapsing is a common occurrence among those in recovery and can stem from any number of circumstances.

Examples of the many reasons why some individuals relapse can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Opting to not engage in aftercare services upon completion of treatment
  • Suffering from a traumatic experience
  • Experiencing a divorce, separation, or loss of another type of important relationship
  • Losing a loved one
  • Experiencing significant stress in one’s day-to-day life
  • Suffering from the symptoms of a mental health condition
  • Associating with other individuals who are abusing prescription drugs or other types of substances
  • Adhering to the belief that one can consume prescription medications again and be able to stop without a problem

How to Prevent Relapse

How to Prevent Relapse Into Prescription Drug Addiction

For those who are in recovery for an addiction to prescription medications, the unfortunate reality is that he or she cannot completely shelter him or herself from exposure to these types of substances. As such, it is important that these individuals make a conscious effort to remain vigilant about their sobriety and take active steps towards preventing a relapse.

Examples of various things that people can do in an attempt to prevent relapsing are outlined briefly in the following:

  • During your time in treatment, work closely with the professionals in the program to gain an understanding of the aftercare options that are available to you once you have completed treatment.
  • If the treatment center where you received care did not provide you with a thorough discharge plan, seek guidance from another mental health or addiction professional.
  • Inquire about support groups within your community, such as those offered through Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Make every effort to attend the group meetings regularly.
  • Seek out the assistance of a sponsor with whom you feel comfortable discussing your situation. Remain in frequent contact with him or her, and do not hesitate to reach out when you are feeling especially vulnerable to temptation.
  • Avoid spending time with people who abuse prescription medications or any other type of substance.
  • Avoid putting yourself in situations where you know that you will be tempted to use.
  • If you develop symptoms of a mental health or medical condition that require medicinal intervention, openly share your history of addiction with your treatment provider. He or she should be able to provide you with alternative options. Or, if alternative options are not available, he or she can work closely with you to monitor your consumption.

Should a relapse occur, do not feel defeated. View it as a way to re-commit yourself to your sobriety and allow it to make it stronger.

If you have any questions about addiction treatment, relapse prevention, or continuing care services, please do not hesitate to contact Wilmington Treatment Center. Our dedicated and caring professionals are on hand to help you achieve and maintain the happy, healthy, drug-free life that you deserve to be living.

Wilmington is an amazing place to receive treatment and go through recovery from this deadly disease of addiction. Honestly, I would probably still be addicted to pills if I'd done anything differently.

– Megan C.
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