10 Things You Might Not Know About SouthLight 


We often say that SouthLight is one of Raleigh’s best-kept secrets. SouthLight provides outpatient substance use and mental health treatment services to more than 7,000 people in our community, renewing lives and providing hope for more than 50 years. 

We’ve rounded up 10 lesser-known facts about SouthLight that may surprise you. And the most important fact of all is that we don’t give up on anyone—our doors are open to all.

10 Facts About SouthLight

Here are just a few lesser-known facts about SouthLight’s vast array of programs and services.  

We have more than 150 employees, including psychiatrists, licensed mental health and addiction counselors, care managers and peers with shared lived experiences.

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Our doors open at 5:30 am at our outpatient treatment program site in Southeast Raleigh, where more than 600 people come daily to receive medication assisted treatment (MAT), therapy and other important services.

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We are the only opioid treatment program in North Carolina offering evening hours, giving people flexibility and options to receive treatment.

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We have an office in the Wake County Justice Center where we provide a court diversion program for first-time offenders serving about 4000 people each year.

We are a second-chance employer. That means we offer second chances to employees with criminal backgrounds.

We do not provide housing, but we partner with recovery houses to provide temporary housing for people getting counseling treatment in our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). We also have multiple programs that assist in navigating housing resources.

We have a prevention program within the Wake County School system where we provide an after-school drug education program to high school students at risk of being suspended for drug or alcohol possession.

We have five locations, including one in Durham and we are co-located with several local agencies including Oak City Cares. Many of our programs are community-based, meeting people wherever they are on their recovery journey.

We have a Women and Children’s Residential Treatment program, where expectant mothers who qualify for the program have a safe, stable place to live and receive substance use treatment.

We are innovative, always thinking of new ways to reduce barriers to treatment. We are a “go-to” agency and a choice partner for many pilot programs in our state.