Treatment & Recovery

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Both helplines listed below are free, confidential, and available in English and Spanish 24/7, 365 days a year; they provide treatment referral and information services for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders.

  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) – serves the Wilmington area
  • Trillium Health Services Access to Care Line: 1-877-685-2415 available to anyone in North Carolina
  • Trillium Mobile Crisis Team:1-866-437-1821  a member of the Mobile Crisis Team will meet a client who is experiencing a behavioral health crisis at home, school, work, or in the community.

The Basics:

  • What is Detox? – The process of removing toxins from the body.
  • What is Naloxone (Narcan)? – A medication to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone by reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. Naloxone can be given by intranasal spray, intramuscular (into the muscle), subcutaneous (under the skin), or intravenous injection.
  • What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)? – MAT combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. Check with your doctor about the right one for you. MAT in Pregnancy is opioid maintenance during pregnancy.

There are three medications commonly used to treat opioid addiction:

  • Methadone: clinic-based opioid agonist that does not block other narcotics while preventing withdrawal while taking it; daily liquid dispensed only in specialty regulated clinics.
  • Naltrexone: office-based non-addictive opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of other narcotics; daily pill or monthly injection.
  • Buprenorphine: office-based opioid agonist/antagonist that blocks other narcotics while reducing withdrawal risk; daily dissolving tablet, cheek film, or 6-month implant under the skin.
  • For information about other medication-assisted treatment (MAT) or the certification of opioid treatment programs (OTPs), contact the SAMHSA Division of Pharmacologic Therapies at 240-276-2700 or otp-extranet@opioid.samhsa.gov.

Both helplines listed below are free, confidential, and available in English and Spanish 24/7, 365 days a year; they provide treatment referral and information services for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders.

  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) – serves the Wilmington area
  • Trillium Health Services Access to Care Line: 1-877-685-2415 available to anyone in North Carolina
  • Trillium Mobile Crisis Team:1-866-437-1821  a member of the Mobile Crisis Team will meet a client who is experiencing a behavioral health crisis at home, school, work, or in the community.

There are several non-pharmacological pain management options and providers in the Cape Fear region including:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Behavioral health therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Fitness classes – low-impact aerobics, Tai Chi, Yoga, and more
    • New Hanover County’s Senior Resource Center offers a variety of fitness classes for citizens ages 55+.
  • Specialized pain management centers
  • Wellness centers

Please speak with your doctor to determine the best treatment options tailored to your specific type of pain. For more information about non-pharmacological options for treating pain, visit Turn the Tide Rx.

Health: 2029 S. 17th Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-6500 • Fax 910-341-4146 • Medical Records Fax 910-772-7805
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815