We put together this graphic to illustrate our philosophy.


After completing Inpatient Detox and/or Rehabilitation Treatment, we believe all 4 of the treatment elements below should occur AT THE SAME TIME.

Research proves that combining all 4 treatment elements at once, will give you the highest chances for successful outcomes.

If MAT is not appropriate for you then at minimum the 3 other treatment elements working together collaboratively will give you the best hope for a successful recovery.

followed by Outpatient Therapy either individual and/or group.

Medication Assisted Treatment 
(Suboxone, and Vivitrol) For Opioid Addiction
Mutual Support Groups


This level of care is recommended after detox or inpatient treatment. In today's times, even if participation in inpatient care first is preferred, and may produce better outcomes, it may not be affordable, or a person may not be able to be away from their work or home life for an extended period of time. SAIOP is a great option, offering evidence-based treatment provided in Individual, Family, and Group Therapy as well as offering case management.


This program is offered 3 days per week for 3 hours at a time for 36 sessions. We have morning and evening groups. In addition to group therapy, SAIOP includes the option of individual and family therapy as well as case management. SAIOP provides the skill building, education and support needed to achieve and maintain long-term abstinence and recovery.


  • Early Recovery Skills, Triggers, Relapse Justification and Relapse Prevention Skills

  • Coping with Anger, Anxiety, Mood Management, Guilt and Letting Go

  • Educating Family Members and yourself about the addiction process.

  • Repairing Relationships and Communication.

  • Co-occurring Disorders

  • Identifying strengths and setting goals

  • Self-care, self-esteem, developing self-respect


Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program

Clinical Measures show: 95% of our graduates drink/use less, have improved relationships, and feel better!


Outpatient Therapy 

Individual, Couples, Family, and MRT Group

Outpatient Therapy is available up to two times per week. Individual, Couples, and Family therapy is available by TeleHealth, or in the office and only evidenced-based treatment that works is provided.  


MRT Group is a great option for clearing DWIs, a step-down from SAIOP, and to satisfy mandating referral sources for those who have substantial clean time. These are our highest attended groups ever!

Evidence Based Approaches used:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Trauma Focused CBT


What is CBT?

Thoughts, not people, situations, and events, create feelings and affect behavior. Learn to control how you perceive and react to the events in your life!

Evidence Based Approaches used:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

What is DBT?

CBT and Emotion Regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.

In all therapy services any of the following are examples of goals people work towards.

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Recovery Process

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety Management

  • Depression Management

  • Communication

  • Parenting

  • Relationship Enhancements

  • Trauma Recovery

  • Wellness


Recovery Support Services

Real recovery is a complete lifestyle change


We provide education about the Body and Brain in Recovery, Wellness and Self-Care; and Managing Co-occurring disorders. We provide Integrated Care with Coastal MDs for Primary Care for those who are insured. For those who are uninsured we provide a list of low cost, local providers and will provide care coordination. Psychiatric care is available.


Upon request, referrals to local, spiritual-based support is available.


Urinalysis and Reporting if needed. Coordination with DSS, Drug Court, Probation, and DWI Court and more. Our services will also satisfy Levels 2-4 DWI treatment to clear DWIs and satisfies most DSS, Parole/Probation and TASC required treatment mandates.


We collaborate with local Recovery Residences listed elsewhere on this site, as well as link with housing programs you may be eligible for.


Community referrals to local donation centers, DSS for benefits, and SSA if applicable.


We refer to mutual support groups such as local 12-step mutual support groups, Celebrate Recovery, and SMART Recovery.


Our services include 24/7/365 Crisis Response, Individual and Family Therapy as well as focus on co-occurring disorders if needed.


We work with Easter Seals Supported Employment program as well as Vocational Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation.


Revia (Naltrexone) Help fight cravings while gaining the skills needed to maintain abstinence. A Helping Hand of Wilmington offers the Vivitrol (Naltrexone) monthly injection or Revia (Naltrexone) daily oral pill, for our clients struggling with alcohol and/or opioid addictions. When combined with active treatment, data shows that Vivitrol or Revia, assisted clients with having more days of complete abstinence; they stayed in treatment longer, reported less craving; and were less likely to relapse. Vivitrol (Naltrexone) and Revia (Naltrexone) are not addictive, are non-narcotic; won’t prolong dependence on opioids or alcohol; doesn’t replace or act as a substitute for opioids or alcohol, is not pleasure inducing, and has no street value.


SUBOXONE (Buprenorphine & Naloxone) can deliver relief from cravings and withdrawal and make recovery from addiction to opioids manageable; but, medication is not enough. MAT should only be used in accordance with a comprehensive treatment program likes the ones we offer. Our medical provider can determine an appropriate dose of Suboxone and through pairing the use of medication with therapy this allows people to gain the skills needed for long-term recovery from addiction to opioids.

Medication Assisted 

Treatment (MAT)

through our collaboration with Coastal MDs, and other medical providers,

Providing Integrated Health Care to take care of the Whole Person



People with mental health disorders are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder. Alcohol and drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of mental health problems. People often abuse alcohol or drugs to ease the symptoms of an undiagnosed mental health issue to cope with difficult emotions, or to temporarily change their mood. Unfortunately, abusing substances causes side effects and in the long run often worsens the symptoms they initially helped to relieve. Through referral to our Community Partners, Psychiatric Medication Management is available to those with co-occurring mental health disorders.


The concept that behavioral health is important to overall health and well-being has historical roots that date back to

many ancient cultures focusing on mind–body interaction. In modern times, many respected sources recognize the importance of the interaction of general physical, mental, and substance abuse issues in providing health care. Through referral to our Community Partners, together we can address the whole mind and body and successfully provide integrated health care.



Research shows that residing in a Recovery Residence, while attending outpatient clinical treatment, will increase the likelihood of achieving long-term recovery.


Combining living in a RECOVERY RESIDENCE with OUTPATIENT TREATMENT. A common challenge facing people who receive outpatient services is finding a living environment that is free of alcohol and drugs and that promotes recovery. Studies are showing that people who use both recovery residences and outpatient treatment for substance use disorders at the same time, are benefitting from decreased drug and alcohol use over the course of 18 months as compared to those who don’t. Furthermore, legal problems, employment, and arrests improved over time. Social needs are met as many recovery homes provide an instant sober social support network complete with mentors and recovery coaching. We are encouraged that research supports our personal belief that residing in a Recovery Residence, while attending outpatient clinical treatment, will increase the likelihood of achievement of long-term recovery. While A Helping Hand of Wilmington does not operate its own recovery home we collaborate with quality providers.

For those who lack transportation, there are several wonderful programs within walking or bike riding distance from our facility (1-3 miles). For those who have access to a car, Uber, or rides from peers, or who are able to ride the bus (bus stop is just outside our facility), there are additional quality programs we collaborate with. See all links below:



DISTANCE: Within 1 mile of our facility:


AGE: 18-26ish

BEDS: 51


AGE: 26 and up

BEDS: 24

DISTANCE: Within 2 miles of our facility:


AGE: 26+

BEDS: 10



AGE: 18-26+

BEDS: 10



AGE: 26+

BEDS: 22

Journeymen Recovery Homes

DISTANCE: Within .75 and 1.5 miles of our facility:


"Journeymen provides safe and sober homes for persons with substance abuse issues. While the acoholism and drug addiction diseases can never be cured both can be arrested if a person can be honest with themselves. Be willing to believe in a Higher Power of their understanding and work a 12-step recovery program."


"The Journey Begins with the First Step."


Journeymen accepts all maintenance programs; Suboxone, Subutex, Vivitrol and Sublocade. We do not accdept Methadone.

Men's Homes (Chip) 910-523-0478

Women's Homes (Rose) 910-523-0499


DISTANCE: Within 1 mile of our facility: Women’s House


Christian Recovery Homes have many other houses, for both male and females of a variety of age groups within a few minutes (driving, bus ride) away.


DISTANCE: Within 3-5 miles of our facility:


Hope House has 25 houses in Wilmington all within a short bus or car ride (3-5 miles) to our facility, for all ages for both men and women. Hope House also has a house strictly for people receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment.



Community or online-based mutual support groups have been associated with higher rates of abstinence from alcohol and other substances, particularly for weekly or more frequent programs. Those who build sober social support while attending formal treatment have higher rates of long-term recovery than individuals who do not.