Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

The Wilmington Treatment Center applauds those willing to take the first step in the journey to treating the disease of addiction. Recovery is more than just stopping an addictive behavior; it is creating a new lifestyle filled with fresh insights and extraordinary opportunities. Through treatment one can experience the powerful strength of support and learn the coping skills and strategies to stay clean and sober for a lifetime.


We will welcome you to a life free of drugs & alcohol.

Our treatment program focuses on personalized growth in recovery and includes the 12-step philosophy and principles, relapse prevention and medical and mental health services. Successful recovery encompasses several changes including improvement in feelings of self-worth, interpersonal relationships, family interaction, vocational productivity, establishment and attainment of realistic life goals, and a healthy lifestyle.

Wilmington Treatment Center offers different levels of care based on the patients clinical and medical needs. Our programs give clear recognition to the disease concept and focus on the individual as a person with dignity and self-worth. The following is an overview of services offered at Wilmington Treatment Center:


Our state of the art medical detoxification protocols feature a daily multidisciplinary team approach allowing patients to develop relationships with their treatment team and other patients. Our protocols include:

  • Personalized Opiate protocol
  • Specialized Benzodiazepine protocol
  • Standard Alcohol Protocol

Recreation Therapy

The purpose of our Recreational Therapy Program is to introduce you to alternative leisure activities and hobbies as part of your social recovery. The Wilmington Treatment Center strives to expose patients to positive, fun, alcohol and other drug free social experiences through participation in our recreational therapy programming. This program integrates social recovery into your life thereby improving the opportunity for long lasting sobriety. The program includes:

  • Weekly groups
  • Daily recreation time
  • High and low ropes course outing
  • Hiking at the State park
  • Bowling
  • Roller and ice skating
  • Trips to the beach and much more
  • Ceramic pottery and painting
  • Horticulture therapy
  • Therapeutic horseback riding

Clinical Programming

At Wilmington Treatment Center, we use the following Best Practices Modalities:

Stages of Change

Recovery Principles: Targets those in pre-contemplation and contemplation stage of change. The group focuses on addressing the ambivalence related to abstinence.Relapse Prevention: Targets those in preparation and action stage of change. The group focuses on barriers to gaining long term sobriety, examines circumstances of relapse.

Gorski’s Relapse Prevention:

This powerful series explains in clear and easy-to-understand language the basic principles of relapse prevention, the common warning signs that lead from stable recovery to relapse, and how to establish a relapse prevention and relapse management plan.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions.

CPT can be provided in individual and group treatment formats.

During the course of CPT, the primary focus is to help patients gain an understanding of, and modify the meaning attributed to, their traumatic event. In pursuit of this objective, an important goal of CPT is to decrease the pattern of avoiding the trauma memory so that beliefs and meanings can be further evaluated and understood within the original context.

This therapy is used specifically for our Operation Recovery Program for Active Duty Military and those suffering from Combat Related PTSD.

Seeking Safety for Trauma Survivors

Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.

The treatment was designed for flexible use. It has been conducted in group and individual format; for women, men, and mixed-gender; using all topics or fewer topics; in a variety of settings (outpatient, inpatient, residential); and for both substance abuse and dependence. It has also been used with people who have a trauma history, but do not meet criteria for PTSD.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.

EMDR psychotherapy is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.

The following specialty programs are offered at Wilmington Treatment Center:

Operation Recovery

Wilmington Treatment Center considers it an honor and privilege to serve our active duty and retired military.  We pride ourselves in providing the best quality care to those who are willing to fight for our freedom daily.

  • Group sessions with only active duty or retired military.
  • Comprehensive, multidisciplinary, individualized treatment plans.
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy,  pharmacotherapy and adjunctive services to manage combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Seeking Safety a best practice model for the treatment and PTSD from childhood or other non-combats types of trauma.
  • Dual Diagnosis treatment with coordination of care between the medical and clinical staff treatment includes individual and small group sessions to specifically address symptom education and relapse prevention related to both illnesses.
  • Introduction to local AA/NA meeting both on site and in the community.
  • Monthly AA meetings brought in to the facility by active duty and retired military from local military bases.
  • Monthly presentations from Military One Source and the local Veterans Association to inform of services.
  • Strong encouragement of command involvement through visiting their men and women and phone consultation.
  • Family involvement through engagement in the on-site family education program or through phone consultation.

Young Adult Program

At Wilmington Treatment Center we recognize that the patients 18-26 and their families have needs that are unique from the other age groups we serve. As a result we have created a team approach to addressing these needs. The team includes the therapist, recreation therapist and discharge planner as well as our medical and nursing staff.

  • There are 2 counselors who exclusively serve the young adults.
  • The discharge planner contacts the family to explore their vision for continuing care and works with the patient and the family to coordinate this plan.
  • The young adult counselor caseloads are combined for recreation therapy and the topics are presented with activities that engage them and make the information relevant their stage in life.

Chronic Pain and Substance Abuse Treatment

At Wilmington Treatment Center, we have a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain and substance abuse. This treatment includes both medical and clinical interventions and a thorough history and physical as well as a physical examination which culminates in an Axis V diagnosis.

Axis I: Clinical disorders, including major mental disorders, and learning disorders
Axis II: Personality disorders and intellectual disabilities
Axis III: Acute medical conditions and physical disorders
Axis IV: Psychosocial and environmental factors contributing to the disorder
Axis V: Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF)

  • Screening for some commonly overlooked processes that can either cause or exacerbate chronic pain states.
  • If a patient is physiologically dependent on opiates they are started on an opioid detoxification protocol.
  • Patients needing continued pain management deemed by the medical team begin to develop a non-narcotic pain management plan.
  • For alternative treatments we recommend massage therapy, TENS units, acupuncture, chiropractic referrals, hypnosis, meditation, EMDR, and yoga.