About Limen Recovery + Wellness

Our mission is to offer a threshold to recovery and break the cycle of addiction in service to our community.

Some people go their whole lives without ever seeing a miracle. At Limen Recovery + Wellness, we’ve been seeing them every day since our inception in 1969. You, as friends and supporters of Limen Recovery + Wellness, have not only seen them, but you have helped create them.

The Limen Recovery + Wellness philosophy has been to provide a temporary home for men and women recovering from substance abuse. At the Limen Recovery + Wellness, the resident learns to change their life and help themselves in an atmosphere of compassion and loving concern. They learn to be responsible for their own choices. The aim is truly restoration - a new life restored to the community.

The statistics on the devastation of alcoholism and drug addiction are staggering. The need for our program has grown over the years, but thankfully, so has the support of the surrounding community and friends of Limen Recovery + Wellness. Our sober living program for recovering alcoholics and addicts consists of four sober living houses, two houses serving women and two serving men, all in Wilmington, Delaware. We invite you to read more about the miracles happening at Limen Recovery + Wellness!

Limen House: How it all Began

Original Men’s Limen House
at 903 N. Madison St.
in Wilmington

The idea for Limen House, a halfway house for alcoholics and addicts recovering from their disease, came about in the Fall of 1968. The idea grew out of the experiences of people from St. Andrews Church in Wilmington, who had been working directly with alcoholics through AA and the St. Andrews social service program. The word li'-men is a scientific term of Latin origin which means threshold; the place or point of entering or beginning; the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced.

To get the endeavor off the ground took great effort. Collaborations took place with officials from the Alcoholic Commission, the Department of Mental Health, the Mental Health Association, Alcoholics Anonymous, and other community agencies that existed to facilitate rehabilitation of alcoholics.

Aegis House on Washington Street
click here for pictures of the dedication

At that time, there were no halfway houses in the state where the homeless could live while continuing their fight to retain sobriety and look for employment. Limen House was incorporated as a non-profit organization in March 1969.

Limen House has been supported by contributions from private funds: from individuals, industry, foundations, service clubs and churches. A continual source of funding was deemed necessary, since a halfway house cannot be self-supporting.

Community acceptance of the halfway house concept led to the opening of a Limen House for Women in August 1973. Presently, Limen House operates four separate recovery houses. These Houses serve as models for other halfway houses in Delaware and other states.

The current Men’s Limen House
in Wilmington.

In 2000, Limen House moved its primary care Men’s House from its original location to 600 W. 10th Street. This Men’s House provides space for up to sixteen (16) men engaged in early recovery. The Limen House also operates a transitional care Men’s House at 624 Broom Street—former location of the primary care Women’s House. This supportive housing for men began providing services in October, 2015 and offers lodging for up to nine (9) men.

Recently, Limen House has been able to expand the services it provides to women in recovery. In September, 2015, Limen House moved it primary care Women’s House from Broom Street to a newly renovated house at 1909 Baynard Boulevard. Due to this move, Limen House is now able to provide primary care services for eleven (11) women. In addition, Limen House opened a transitional care Woman’s House in January, 2017. This House, donated with love by Dr. Edward & Debi Hertzfeld, offers supporting housing for up to nine (9) women in recovery.

Women's Limen House

TRIAD's History

TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services was founded in 1976 as Trinity Alcohol and Drug Program by the then-rector of Wilmington’s Trinity Episcopal Church and a recovering alcoholic parishioner. It was created as a ministry of the church as a center where those struggling with addiction could come for help at a time when few other resources were available in the community.

In 2013 TRIAD filed for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and became an independent nonprofit organization. It recruited a volunteer Board of Directors which developed a strategic plan to guide the future of the organization. This included growing the counseling program, developing a network of referral partners in the recovery community, creating a program of educational seminars, and developing a plan for funding the organization.

Over the years TRIAD has provided free counseling for substance abuse and mental health disorders to thousands of addicts and their families, served as a drop-in center for people who just wanted someone to talk to, managed a 24-hour emergency hotline, assisted families in conducting interventions, and hosted thousands of 12-step meetings in the on-site Community Room.

The Merger

As of June 1, 2020, Limen House and TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services have merged into a single non-profit organization serving Delaware’s recovery community. Our new organization will continue to provide the same excellent services with an aim toward future growth. The Limen House and TRIAD merger provides a myriad of benefits to Delaware’s recovery community. The first beneficiaries are the Limen House residents. Each resident is given the opportunity to schedule with one of our licensed therapists that will address their mental health needs during their stay. The counselor will continue their support during their resident’s graduation and departure from Limen House. The future of the Limen House – TRIAD organization is bright. We anticipate that our presence in the recovering community will grow and many people impacted by addiction will be helped.

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