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What you need to know: addiction is a disease.

It is not a moral issue or a personal weakness. Addiction is a disease that causes two types of dependence:

  • Physical dependence is the result of physical changes in the brain through the use of an addictive drug, which produces symptoms of withdrawal in the absence of that drug.
  • Psychological dependence is the result of prolonged use of an addictive drug, causing an emotional need or compulsion to continue using it.
Learn more about the science of drug abuse and addiction

What you can do: Prevention, treatment and recovery help is here.

Prevention starts with education. Recovery begins with treatment.

To reduce the toll of addiction in Delaware, we’re working in those areas and others — education and prevention, control and law enforcement, and treatment and recovery. If you’re visiting this website, you want to know more about addiction, you are struggling with addiction or you know someone who is. We are here to help you. You’ll find information about prevention, treatment sources for detox and long-term recovery, and success stories that are proof that recovery is possible. The most important thing you can do is to act. Talk to your kids about the real dangers of alcohol and drugs. Get help or offer help to friends, family members or co-workers who have a substance abuse problem. It could save a life.