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Southlight Healthcare (1)The Basics

Founded as an opioid recovery program, Southlight Healthcare has been treating people with substance abuse problems in the Raleigh, North Carolina area since 1970. Its goal is to “meet the holistic needs of individuals facing addiction, mental illness, and chronic health challenges” by providing coordinated healthcare in five locations around Wake County. While Southlight runs small residential programs for women and chronically homeless addicts in recovery, the bulk of its efforts are focused on outpatient treatment for adults.

Accommodations and Food

Southlight’s two residential programs serve approximately 65 to 70 people a year, a tiny fraction of the 13,000 clients a year Southlight sees through its other programs. Its pregnant and postpartum program houses 16 women in individual apartments. Children up to age 11 may live with their mothers. The overall goal is to improve family functioning and eliminate substance use by providing a stable environment for treatment. Clients are almost always referred by the state.

Southlight’s supervised independent living program provides housing and treatment to “chronically addicted” adults with complex problems like homelessness and mental health disorders that go along with their substance issues. Clients spend the first three months in a structured Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that includes at least 10 hours a week in clinical treatment, as well as attending educational sessions on things like life and employment skills. The program provides food, but in keeping with the idea of building independence and teaching life skills, clients prepare their own meals.

Treatment and Staff

After an intake assessment, clients are given an individualized treatment plan based on their needs and situation. Those with very serious, long-term substance problems may attend Southlight’s substance abuse comprehensive outpatient treatment (SACOT) program for 20 hours a week or the IOP. A person with a less severe substance issue may receive an hour of clinical treatment once a week. Therapy is divided between individual therapy sessions and group therapy.

Southlight employs a range of therapeutic techniques, depending on the needs of clients. The curriculum for outpatient programs are evidence-based, with both CBT and DBT being offered. Clients addicted to opioids may be prescribed methadone or Suboxone.

Clients can see a primary care physician or a psychiatrist for medication management, as needed. Southlight treats people with co-occurring disorders and also offers medically supervised detox.

Because it sees clients with such a wide range of issues, Southlight’s clinicians include a full range of professionals including MDs, licensed clinical addiction specialists, nurse practitioners, LCSWs, MFTs and LPCs. All clinicians who provide outpatient clinical treatment are at least Master’s-level in their respective fields.

For payment, Southlight accepts Medicaid, commercial insurance and self-pay. According to its CEO, the vast majority of Southlight clients use third parties to pay for their services. The exceptions are clients of Southlight’s criminal justice services and its opioid treatment program, which costs between $77 and $98 a week.


Along with treating adults for substance problems, Southlight administers a youth and family services program, community intervention and crisis services, primary care and criminal justice services.

In Summary

With its comprehensive treatment philosophy and its commitment to evidence-based techniques, Southlight is definitely a “full-service” institution for substance abusers. “We try to meet a person where they are and care for the whole person,” says CEO Tad Clodfelter.

Southlight Healthcare
3125 Poplarwood Ct, Ste 203
Raleigh, NC 27604

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