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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Wilmington Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Drug & Alcohol Recreational Therapy Program

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Recreational Therapy at Wilmington

Learn More About the Recreational Therapy Program at Wilmington Treatment Center

At Wilmington Treatment Center, recreational therapy is an integral part of treatment. We believe that the experience and team-building that occurs during recreational therapy can build support networks and allow issues to come to the surface that may have taken years of traditional therapy to uncover.

In addition to its therapeutic benefits, the recreational therapy program also introduces our patients to alternative leisure/recreational activities and hobbies. We strive to expose patients to positive, fun, chemical-free social experiences.

What Should I Expect?

What to Expect in Our Recreational Therapy Program in North Carolina

The recreational therapy program begins with a leisure assessment, which allows the team to gather information about each patient’s drug of choice, the amount of daily free time, past leisure activities, leisure that involved substance use, leisure interests, barriers and feelings that affect free time. Many concerns reflected on the leisure assessment are addressed in recreation therapy groups as well as the “life skills” and “leisure education” group facilitated by Recreational Therapists. A patient is able to meet with a recreation therapist individually if requested by patient and/or counseling.

During their stay, patients will also participate in weekly recreation therapy groups. In recreation therapy, patients discuss various topics each week including stress management, healthy communication, anger management, utilizing appropriate resources, self-perception and more. Intervention activities are utilized to reflect real life situations and feelings that play a role in addiction.

Wilmington’s recreational therapy program also includes weekly off-campus recreation outings. The general purpose of these outings is to provide opportunities to participate in physical, social, cultural, recreational, and health maintenance activities. Through outings patients are exposed to multiple recreation and leisure settings around Wilmington while working through potential triggers in a safe, supporting environment.

Participation Criteria

Eligibility for Participation in the Recreational Therapy Program at Wilmington Treatment Center in North Carolina

All patients are encouraged to participate in the available options of the recreational therapy program during their stay. Detox participation is limited due to medical protocol. Once off of detox, patients’ opportunities increase to include recreation therapy groups, recreation time and offsite outings.

In order to be eligible for off-site outings, a patient must have been in treatment for at least 14 days and he or she must have medical and clinical approval. If the patient is in-house due to a medical issue, he or she will need clearance from medical. Patients must have also completed all written assignments and not have any behavior violations within the previous week. Patients must also complete the Leisure Assessment in the patient handbook and participate in a recreation therapy group.

At Wilmington Treatment Center, we believe that when leisure time is understood and used well, it can be a powerful ally in the fight against substance use disorders.

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.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • Tricare
  • The Jason Foundation

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