Wilmington Treatment Center Philosophy
Wilmington Treatment Center makes it a point to meet clients wherever they are in their journey to recovery. The residential rehab treats drug and alcohol addiction, as well as co-occurring mental health disorders, with a combination of evidence-based methods and 12-Step principles. Armed with the knowledge that addiction is a treatable disease, and that individuals need to open up about their issues in order for treatment to be truly effective, the highly qualified staff creates a compassionate, supportive and nurturing environment that’s designed to make clients feel comfortable.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Robert Pitts, LCSW, MSW, MBA
Robert joined Wilmington Treatment Center in June of 2010. He comes to us after serving as a Chief Clinical Officer and Executive Director for a large substance abuse provider in Texas. He began his work in the addiction field working as a Director of Quality Assurance ensuring all standards met the requirements of licensing and accrediting bodies.
Bernard Gottschalk, M.D. (ASAM Certified)
Dr. Gottschalk (or Dr. G as he is known around WTC) has been with Wilmington Treatment Center since 2005. Earlier in his medical career pathway, Dr. Gottschalk functioned as a medical oncologist treating patients whose lives and the lives of their families were disrupted by an oftentimes fatal disease. He soon became weary and his zeal for life dampened by the fatalistic atmosphere that pervaded the world of adult medical oncology. In an eerily similar manner his subsequent career, Addiction Medicine, deals with patients and families that have had their lives disrupted by a potentially fatal disease as well. In the field medical oncology, the truly curable cases hold a minority position in the universe of neoplastic diseases. There were many times in oncology that he questioned the merit of his efforts and had trouble discerning the measurable benefits to the patients from services provided. In Addiction Medicine, 100% of the patients he interacts with are salvageable.
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ABOUT WILMINGTON TREATMENT CENTER
Wilmington Treatment Center operates one residential and two outpatient facilities in North Carolina. The main campus in Wilmington offers medical detox, residential treatment, and a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adults seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. It is one of the 219 (46.4 percent) of treatment facilities in the state that accepts clients with co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The detox program lasts between five and 18 days, depending on the intensity of the client's addiction. When a client completes detox, the rehab suggests transitioning to residential care. Wilmington Treatment Center is one of North Carolina’s 15 (3.2 percent) of residential detox facilities.
Residential treatment typically lasts up to 28 days, making it one of the state’s 25 (5.3 percent) of short-term treatment facilities. It follows a regular schedule, which includes individual, group, and family therapy, medication management, and recreational therapy. In the evenings, clients participate in 12-step meetings.
Evidence-based therapies, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Seeking Safety, and cognitive processing therapy (CPT), also are available.
Group therapy often takes place in “life stages groups,” which use developmentally appropriate techniques. Split into two different gatherings, the Young Adult Group is for clients between the ages 18 to 30 and emphasizes communication, while the Middle Adult Group focuses on life skills and cooperation.
After residential treatment, clients often move into the rehab's step-down options. The PHP offers the same modalities as the residential program, at a less intensive level but for the same duration of time. The IOP is offered near the campus and another location. The rehab maintains an alumni association with outreach and activities.
Operation Recovery is a specialized program for military veterans, and first responders, which addresses specific experiences of the program participants.
Detox is conducted under the supervision of trained medical personnel. The medical director is a licensed internist and general practitioner who is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The team includes registered nurses, physician's assistants, certified substance abuse counselors, licensed clinicians, a certified marriage and family therapist, a licensed recreational therapist, and a certified art therapist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility has 139 beds for residential clients. The rooms are shared and somewhat clinical in nature. There is also indoor and outdoor community space. Visitors are welcome on the weekend.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, more than 45 alumni provided feedback about the Wilmington Treatment Center to Rehabs.com. Reviewers mostly reported solid treatment with a few areas of weakness. Of those, 11 alumni polled on more detailed metrics gave mediocre feedback.
Holistic Offerings: 2.75/5
Family Participation: 3.5/5
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
An anonymous reviewer provided positive feedback "being able to talk without worry" but noted that there was "not enough one on one time with counselors." Another anonymous alum wrote: "I had a great experience and took advantage of everything they had to offer.” On the negative end, reviewers pointed out a lack of programming options and too much free time.
On Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page, Wilmington Treatment Center earned an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars from 86 people at the time of this writing. Several alumni noted how they had previously tried other treatment programs but hadn’t been successful until trying out the program at this facility. The alumni also indicated that the staff was “very helpful.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
More than two dozen reviews from loved ones about the Wilmington Treatment Center were mixed, ranging from very positive to outright negative, though most offered at least some positive feedback. More than 20 loved ones polled on more detailed metrics gave positive average ratings.
Family Participation: 4.1/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.1/5
Counseling Options: 3.6/5
Recurring positive feedback was awarded to the staff — one anonymous reviewer described them as “understanding and compassionate” and another said "Very courteous and supportive to the patients" — as well as cleanliness of the facility and treatment effectiveness. Criticism cited a lack of follow-up care, short length of the program, and need for more exercise and leisure options.
Numerous insurance plans are accepted, such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Magellan Health, Medicare, and Tricare.
Published on August 2019
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