SouthLight: A Pillar of Stability

Serving our community for 50 years

Our Mission

Providing Innovative care for individuals and communities living with the harmful impact of stigma and untreated addiction and mental illness.


Be the transformative entity that frees our communities from addiction and mental illness.

Engage. Educate. Empower.

Our Chief Medical Officer

shares how in 60 seconds

SouthLight is a trusted provider of quality service for substance use and mental health treatment needs in the Triangle. We help individuals gain the tools needed to build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Every year our work helps transform the lives of more than 8,500 people. 


SouthLight is a leader in our community. 

For 50 years SouthLight has offered a safe and supportive treatment environment where individuals in crisis can receive comprehensive care, offered with compassion and respect. We believe in treating the whole individual, not just the illness. We also offer supportive services that enhance the effectiveness of substance use and mental health treatment. 


One of our core values is the commitment to meet people where they are no matter where they are on their journey.  We offer them the individual care they desperately need, regardless of ability to pay. Our service philosophy is to provide treatment and wrap-around services that address the unique needs of each client, as nothing is one-size-fits-all.  

1 in 5 adults

in the US experience mental illness each year. (NAMI) 

70% of people are unemployed when first coming to SouthLight for support and services. 

1 in 8 emergency room visits

involves mental illness and substance use. (NAMI) 

Nearly 30%
of people are homeless when first coming to SouthLight for support and services. 

50% of the people who have a severe mental health condition also have a substance abuse problem. (Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)).

40% of those SouthLight serves are indigent, uninsured, or underinsured. 

37% of people who abuse alcohol have a mental illness, as do 53% of those who abuse drugs. (JAMA) 

North Carolina is one of the top 5 states with the highest percentages of addiction in its population.  

We have the unmatched ability to address the need 

Many clients face the highest barriers to wellness, including untreated mental illness, chemical dependency, and history of incarceration, cognitive and physical disabilities, trauma, and chronic illness. At SouthLight, many of our clients benefit from receiving both substance use and mental health programs.

Know someone who needs help? Refer them to SouthLight.

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