Help is here for addiction.

What is addiction?

Addiction is a disease that causes two types of dependence:

Physical 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
Psychological dependence is the result of prolonged use of an addictive drug, causing an emotional need or compulsion to continue using it.

Signs of Addiction

Physical signs

  • Altered sleep habits
  • Small or pinpoint pupils
  • Dramatic weight changes
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Frequent colds or illnesses
  • Itchy skin or unexplained cuts or scabs
  • Leg cramps
  • Poor hygiene

Emotional signs

  • A sense of desperation
  • Changes in personality or friends
  • School or work performance problems
  • Out of or in need of money
  • Nodding off or constant sleep problems
  • Paranoia
  • Secrecy

Start the conversation

Talk to your loved ones about your addiction.

Asking for help shows courage. You’ve taken the first step to recovery. It’s never too late to ask for help. Everyone needs support in their recovery.

Talk to your loved ones about their addiction.

If you suspect someone you love has a problem:

  • Choose the right time to talk. Be sure they are sober or have not been using.
  • Voice your concern. Begin by expressing your concerns without making accusations: (e.g. “Susan, can I ask you about your drug or alcohol use? I am concerned about you. Is there something going on we need to talk about?”)
  • Be specific. Explain what you observed that concerns you. For example, you found missing pills or an empty pill bottle, you’ve noticed a change in appearance that may indicate a problem, or their school or work performance had declined.
  • Be prepared for strong reactions. They may accuse you of snooping or say you’re crazy. Stay calm.
  • Reinforce what you think about drug use and its dangers. Tell them how much you care for them.
  • Get help from the experts. If you want to talk to someone about how to get treatment for their addiction, we can help.

Get help

Finding help can be overwhelming. We can help. Call us at 800-652-2929 in New Castle County or 800-345-6785 in Kent and Sussex counties for help using this list and finding the appropriate resources.

Name Age Gender Insurance Locations Phone Website
Delaware Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts
Age:10-19 Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Online resource Phone: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/facts-and-stats/national-and-state-data-sheets/adolescents-and-substance-abuse/delaware/index.html
Delaware School Survey
Age:11-18 Gender:All Insurance:No Locations: Phone: https://www.cdhs.udel.edu/seow/school-surveys/delaware-school-survey-%28dss%29
Delaware’s 24-Hour Child Priority Response Hotline
Age:Children Gender:All Insurance:No Locations: Phone:800-969-4357 or 911
Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
Age:17 and under Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Statewide Phone:302-633-2600 http://kids.delaware.gov/pbhs/pbhs.shtml
Heroin Alert Program
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:At local schools Phone:(302) 395-8062 http://www.heroinalert.org/
Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone:855-378-4373 http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://www.drugfree.org/
Prescription Drug Action Committee
Age:Adults Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/pdachome.html
Prevent Youth Suicide
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://getrightsideup.org/
Red Clay School Nurses
Age:Parents Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://www.smartmovessmartchoices.org/resources
Resources for talking with teens
Age:Parents Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resources-and-publications/info/parents/just-facts/
Strategic Prevention Framework
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsamh/prevention.html
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations: Phone:800-662-HELP (4357)
The Heroin Trap Program
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone:302-395-8050 http://www.theherointrap.com/
The Medicine Abuse Project
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://medicineabuseproject.org/
Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://beta.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking
Name Age Gender Insurance Locations Phone Website
Connections Community Support (Harrington)
Age:Adults Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Harrington Phone:302-786-7800 http://www.connectionscsp.org/
Dover Behavioral Health
Age:Adults Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Dover Phone:302-741-0140, 855-609-9711 http://www.doverbehavioral.com/
Fairmount Behavioral Health Systems
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Philadelphia, PA Phone:215-487-4100, 800-235-0200 http://www.fairmountbhs.com/
Hudson Health Services
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Salisbury, MD Phone:410-219-9000, 888-288-9086 http://www.hudson-health.org/
MeadowWood Behavioral Health System
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:New Castle Phone:302-328-3330, 800-289-8336 24-hr help line http://www.meadowwoodhospital.com/
Net Kirkwood Detox
Age:Adults Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-691-0140, 800-359-1367 http://net-kdc.org/
Rockford Center
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Newark Phone:302-996-5480, 866-847-4357 http://www.rockfordcenter.com/
Name Age Gender Insurance Locations Phone Website
Addiction Medical Solutions of Delaware
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Rehoboth Beach Phone:302-227-1320 http://www.amsdelaware.com/
Aquila of Delaware
Age:Adolescents and Young Adults Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Georgetown Phone:302-999-1106, 302-856-9746 http://www.aquilaofde.com/
Argo Institute of Aquila of Delaware
Age:18-30 Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-384-6926 http://www.aquilaofde.com/argo.php
ARS New Castle
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:New Castle Phone:302-323-9400 http://www.medicationassisted.com/
Brandywine Counseling
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Newark, Claymont, Georgetown, Ellendale Phone:302-656-2348 http://www.brandywinecounseling.org/
Brandywine Counseling RISE Program
Age:17 and under Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Dover Phone:302-302-5915, 302-346-5080 http://www.brandywinecounseling.org/
Catholic Charities
Age:17 and under Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown Phone:302-655-9624, 302-674-1600, 302-856-9578
Claymont Clinic
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Claymont, Elkton, MD Phone:302-792-0700, 410-620-6077 http://www.claymontclinic.com/
Connections Community Support (Statewide)
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Newark, Smyrna, Georgetown, Seaford, Millsboro Phone:866-477-5345 http://www.connectionscsp.org/
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Ellendale Phone:302-300-3105, 302-424-5680 http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsamh/
Dover Behavioral Health
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Dover, Georgetown Phone:302-741-0140, 855-609-9711 http://www.doverbehavioral.com/
Elkton Treatment Center
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Elkton, MD Phone:410-620-6077, 800-628-7326
Fellowship Health Resources
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Georgetown, Seaford, Millsboro Phone:302-856-1066, 302-507-3561, 302-934-1861 http://www.fellowshiphr.org/
Gaudenzia Fresh Start of Delaware
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-737-4100 http://www.gaudenzia.org/
Jewish Family Services
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Newark Phone:302-478-9411
Kent Sussex Community Services
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Dover, Georgetown, Laurel Phone:302-735-7790 http://www.kscs.org/
Latin American Community Center
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-655-7338 http://www.thelatincenter.org/
M.A.T.T. Program
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Belcamp, MD Phone:410-273-9700, 877-556-3809 http://www.mattprogram.com/
Main Line Health Center for Addictive Diseases
Age:14 and over Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Drexel Hill, PA, Exton, PA, Central Intake Phone:484-476-6543, 484-565-1130, 888-227-3898 http://www.mainlinehealth.org/addiction
Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Newark Phone:302-224-1400 http://www.midatlanticbh.com/
NHS Mid-Atlantic ACT
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-633-3415 http://www.nhsonline.org/
Open Door
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Newark, Claymont, Seaford, Dover Phone:302-731-1504, 302-731-1504, 302-798-9555, 302-731-1504, 302-678-4911
PACE
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-999-9812 http://www.paceinconline.com/
Psychotherapeutic Services
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Dover Phone:302-674-3366 http://www.psychotherapeuticservices.com/
Recovery Innovations
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Ellendale Phone:302-300-3111, 302-300-3105, 302-424-5680 http://www.recoveryinnovations.org/delaware/
RHD ACT
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Dover Phone:302-998-3624, 302-735-4750 http://www.rhd.org/
RHD ICM
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Dover, Seaford Phone:302-998-3624, 302-735-4750, 302-536-7090 http://www.rhd.org/
Salvation Army
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-654-8808 ext. 139 http://www.salvationarmydelaware.org/
Serenity Health
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Elkton, MD Phone:443-485-6544 http://www.serenityllc.net/
SODAT Delaware
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-656-4044
Sojourners Place
Age:Adults Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:302-764-4713 http://www.sojournersplace.org/
Thresholds
Age:Adults Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Milford, Georgetown, Lewes Phone:302-856-1835 http://thresholdsinc.com/
Name Age Gender Insurance Locations Phone Website
Addiction Treatment Services International
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Galloway, NJ Phone:866-506-8000 http://www.atsirehab.com/
Bowling Green
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Kennett Square, PA Phone:800-662-2438, 888-307-6237 http://www.bowlinggreenbrandywine.com/
Caron Pennsylvania
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wernersville, PA Phone:800-854-6023 http://www.caron.org/locations/caron-pennsylvania
Carrier Clinic
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Belle Mead, NJ Phone:800-933-3579 http://www.carrierclinic.org/
Connections Community Support (Wilmington)
Age:18 and older Gender:Female Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington Phone:866-477-5345 http://www.connectionscsp.org/
Eagleville Hospital
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Eagleville, PA Phone:610-539-6000 http://www.eaglevillehospital.org/
Fairmount Behavioral Health Systems
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Philadelphia, PA Phone:215-487-4100, 800-235-0200 http://www.fairmountbhs.com/
Fairmount Behavioral Health Systems
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Philadelphia, PA Phone:800-235-0200, 215-487-4100 http://www.fairmountbhs.com/
Father Martin’s Ashley
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Havre de Grace, MD Phone:410-273-2213 http://www.fathermartinsashley.com/
Gateway Foundation
Age:18 and older Gender:Male Insurance:Yes Locations:Smyrna Phone:302-653-3923 http://recovergateway.org/drug-rehab-centers/delaware/
Gaudenzia
Age:18 - 25 Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Wilmington, Delaware City Phone:302-737-4100 http://www.gaudenzia.org/
Hudson Health Services
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Salisbury, MD Phone:410-219-9000, 888-288-9086 http://www.hudson-health.org/
Keystone Center
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Chester, PA Phone:610-876-9000, 800-558-9600 http://www.keystonecenter.net/
Lighthouse
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Mays Landing, NJ Phone:800-852-8851 http://www.discoverlighthouse.com/
Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Bensalem, PA Phone:215-638-5200, 800-245-4746 http://www.livengrin.org/
Main Line Health—Center for Addictive Diseases
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Drexel Hill, PA, Exton, PA Phone:888-227-3898 http://www.mainlinehealth.org/addiction
Malvern Institute
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Malvern, PA Phone:888-643-3869, 610-647-0330 http://www.malverninstitute.com/
Maryland Recovery Program
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Bel Air, MD Phone:877-762-3766 http://www.marylandrecoveryprograms.com/
Park Bench Group Counseling
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Northfield, NJ Phone:609-377-5273 http://www.parkbenchgroup.com/
Psychotherapeutic Services
Age:18 and older Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Dover Phone:302-257-5818 (women), 302-257-0610 (men) http://www.psychotherapeuticservices.com/
Seabrook House
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Seabrook, NJ Phone:800-761-7575 http://www.seabrookhouse.org/
Valley Forge Medical Center
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Norristown, PA Phone:888-539-8500, 610-539-8500 http://www.vfmc.net/
Warwick Manor Behavioral Health
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:East New Market, MD Phone:410-943-8108, 800-344-6423 http://www.warwickmanor.org/
White Deer Run of York
Age:All Gender:All Insurance:Yes Locations:Norristown, PA Phone:717-840-2308 http://www.whitedeerrun.com/
Name Phone Website
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions
Phone: http://www.cadca.org/
GetSmartAboutDrugs.com
Phone: http://getsmartaboutdrugs.com/
Heroin Alert
Phone: http://www.heroinalert.org/
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program
Phone: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/high-intensity-drug-trafficking-areas-program
Hope Street DE
Phone: http://www.hopestreetde.com/
Prescription Drug Action Committee
Phone: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/pdachome.html
Resources for talking with teens
Phone: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resources-and-publications/info/parents/just-facts/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Helpline
Phone:800-662-HELP (4357)
The Heroin Trap
Phone: http://www.theherointrap.com/
The Problem with Prescription Opioids
Phone: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/prescribed.html
University of Delaware’s Center for Drug and Health Studies
Phone: https://www.cdhs.udel.edu/