Wilmington City Council approves special use permit for addiction treatment center


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington City Council unanimously approved a special use permit for an addiction treatment center in Wilmington.

​For months now Wilmington city leaders have been unable to give the green light to a new addiction treatment center supported by county leaders.

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Tonight they finally made a decision on the center.

Trillium Health and New Hanover County have tried for months to begin the building of a treatment facility along medical center drive.

The proposal has been met with opposition from nearby care facilities.

Those against it say not enough is being done to promise safety to nearby spaces from the Trillium clients.

“We just don’t think that they are addressing the concerns that we have particularly with the security,” said Matt Nichols an attorney for Wilmington Health.

Trillium says stigma of the behavior of addicts is blinding the opposition.

“I want you to know that our only agenda here is to help people with addiction. We are saddened that there is opposition to our helping people with addiction,” said VP of Clinical Operations at Trillium Health Resources Cindy Ehlers.

Wilmington city council unanimously approved the permit for construction of the center.

The only reason this made it through was because the county and the center agreed to now have one licensed security guard on site of the center during all hours of operation.