The First Step: Wilmington SAIOP Testimonial

A participant in RHA’s Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) in Wilmington, NC, recently shared these thoughts on how the program has benefited them in their recovery journey:

I’m an Alcoholic. I’m in my mid-50s and I’ve struggled with addiction most of my life. Binges, detox, hospitals, treatment centers, divorce and prison. Having been offered intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in the past I always thought “I’ve got this” then passed on the opportunity.

“I don’t know what I don’t know.” Trying to drink like a normal person is no longer an option. I’ve tried every possible way! Taking the time to be open minded to what RHA had to offer was the first step. The group has shown me that I’m wired differently and my allergy to alcohol, drugs (and many other things) needs to be recognized and understood.

 The last three months the doctors, nurses, counselors, staff and other alcoholics (it takes a village) have helped me to take an honest look at myself. The foundation set by this program has given me the BEST START on my recovery that I have ever experienced.

Just don’t drink and do the next right thing, one day at a time.


RHA offers Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Services (SAIOP) to people struggling with addiction to substances such as alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and opioids. This program is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for three hours a day. Most of our sites offer morning and evening groups to better meet your needs. SAIOP provides you with the opportunity to participate in group therapy, drug screening, education, and development of healthy coping skills. Our goal is to help you live a healthy life without the use of drugs and alcohol.