Help is here for addiction.

Get connected to phone, in-person or online help now.

Choose the best way to get the care you need, right here in Delaware. All services are free, and any referrals are available to you, whether you have insurance or not.

By phone — Hope Line

Free 24/7 counseling, coaching, and support, as well as links to behavioral health services provided by individuals with lived experiences.

Call the Delaware Hope Line:
833-9-HOPEDE

By phone and mobile — Crisis Intervention Service

Free 24/7 crisis counseling by phone, or when needed by mobile response, to address urgent and emergent behavioral health needs.

Call the Crisis Intervention Service:

In person — Bridge Clinics

The four Bridge Clinics across the state offer more immediate access to services for substance use and mental health needs, and include:

  • Services available to all Delaware residents
  • No fee for services, whether individuals are insured or not, and regardless of their ability to pay
  • Screenings and referrals to treatment for opioid and other substance use and mental health disorders
  • Evaluations conducted by qualified, licensed clinicians
  • A navigational peer who connects individuals with support services in the care network
  • Transportation to and from the facility, when available
  • Training for administering naloxone, an overdose-reversal medication
  • Certified peers with the ability to support individuals during their journey
Mobile Bridge Clinic

The Mobile Bridge Clinic is located in front of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution and Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution. The Mobile Bridge van provides social support to individuals returning to the community from incarceration, including support for their families. Individuals and their families can receive services like phone charging, counseling referrals, toiletries, and an opportunity to connect with a peer specialist.


  • Kent County

    James W. Williams State Service Center

    805 River Rd., 3rd Floor, Dover, DE 19901

    M—F, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    302-857-5060
  • New Castle County

    DSAMH Central Office

    14 Central Ave. New Castle, DE 19720

    M—F, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    302-255-1650
  • New Castle County

    Hope Center (formerly the Sheraton hotel)

    365 Airport Rd. New Castle, DE 19720

    M—F, 8:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m.

    S—S, 8:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m.

    302-544-6815
  • Sussex County

    Thurman Adams State Service Center

    546 S. Bedford St. Georgetown, DE 19947

    M—F, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    302-515-3310

In-person support may be limited due to COVID-19. Please call the location for more information.

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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 833-9-HOPEDE for help using this list and finding the appropriate resources.

Name Age Gender Accepts Insurance Locations Phone Website
Delaware Libraries Virtual Library Event Calendar
Age: Gender: Accepts Insurance:No Locations: Phone: https://news.delaware.gov/2020/04/14/delaware-libraries-shared-virtual-library-event-calendar/
Lincoln Center at Home
Age: Gender: Accepts Insurance:No Locations: Phone: http://www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home
United Way Volunteer Opportunities
Age: Gender: Accepts Insurance:No Locations: Phone: https://uwde.galaxydigital.com/need/?s=1&need_init_id=2959
University of Pittsburgh Events Calendar
Age: Gender: Accepts Insurance:No Locations: Phone: https://calendar.pitt.edu/
Name Age Gender Accepts Insurance Locations Phone Website
Addiction Action Committee
Age:Adults Gender:All Accepts Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/pdachome.html
atTAcK addiction
Age:10-17 Gender:All Accepts Insurance:No Locations:Delaware State Police Troop 2, 100 Lagrange Ave., Newark Phone:302-593-0949 http://www.attackaddiction.org/get-involved/reality-tour/
Child Priority Response Services
Age: Gender: Accepts Insurance:No Locations: Phone:800-969-4357
Delaware Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts
Age:10-19 Gender:All Accepts 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 Accepts 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 Accepts Insurance:No Locations: Phone:800-969-4357 or 911
Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
Age:17 and under Gender:All Accepts Insurance:Yes Locations:Statewide Phone:302-633-2600 http://kids.delaware.gov/pbhs/pbhs.shtml
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Age:All Gender:All Accepts Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dsamh/prevention.html
Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Age:All Gender:All Accepts 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 Accepts Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone:1-855-DRUGFREE http://www.drugfree.org/Delaware
Prevent Youth Suicide
Age:All Gender:All Accepts Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://getrightsideup.org/
Red Clay School Nurses
Age:Parents Gender:All Accepts Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://www.smartmovessmartchoices.org/resources
Resources for talking with teens
Age:Parents Gender:All Accepts 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 Accepts 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 Accepts Insurance:No Locations: Phone:800-662-HELP (4357)
The Medicine Abuse Project
Age:All Gender:All Accepts Insurance:No Locations:Visit website for details Phone: http://medicineabuseproject.org/
Name Phone Website
Addiction Action Committee
Phone: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/pdachome.html
atTAcK addiction
Phone:302-834-8938 http://www.attackaddiction.org/get-involved/reality-tour/
atTAcK addiction
Phone:302-593-0949 http://www.attackaddiction.org/get-involved/reality-tour/
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions
Phone: http://www.cadca.org/
Delaware Goes Purple
Phone:302-858-4764 https://www.delawaregoespurple.org/default.asp
GetSmartAboutDrugs.com
Phone: http://getsmartaboutdrugs.com/
Hero Help
Phone:302-395-2811 https://www.nccde.org/1266/HERO-HELP-Program
Project Engage
Phone: https://christianacare.org/services/behavioralhealth/project-engage/
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)
Sussex County Health Coalition
Phone:302-858-4764 https://www.sussexcoalition.org
The Problem with Prescription Opioids
Phone: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/prescribed.html
TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services
Phone:302-655-1153 http://www.triadde.org
University of Delaware’s Center for Drug and Health Studies
Phone: https://www.cdhs.udel.edu/