I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

There are many different types of rehab programs and treatment options to consider. Here are a few of the decisions you need to make:

The main factors that determine which rehab options will be best for you are the severity of your addiction and your unique personal and financial situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab

The Highest Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Delaware

If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 31 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Delaware. Of those 31 centers, Millsboro Connections Community Support Programs in Millsboro received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.

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For more information about the five core metrics, head to the full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology

1. Millsboro Connections Community Support Programs

The Millsboro branch of Connections Community Support Programs scored an overall 7.1 points out of 10 possible points in our rankings. Connections offers outpatient services for adults, including veterans and young adults, with a focus on offering substance abuse treatment and detoxification services for individuals addicted to opioids, which encompasses heroin. The center had a perfect score for its cost options and ancillary services, as it offers a multitude of complementary services, such as tobacco cessation counseling, social skills development, domestic violence services and more, in an affordable setting in an effort to help patients sustain long-lasting recovery. The center’s lowest scoring category was due to the limited nature of the rehabilitation services it provides, although it does offer medication-assisted treatment. 

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 5
  • Treatment Approaches: 6.3
  • Cost: 10
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 6.66
  • Ancillary Services: 10

2. Brandywine Counseling & Community Services Newark Treatment Center

The Newark Treatment Center location of Brandywine Counseling & Community Services ranked second with 5.7 points out of 10 points. The center earned one of its highest scores for the rehabilitation services it provides, including numerous outpatient medication-assisted treatment options and even offering a SAMHSA-certified opioid treatment program. It had the highest score in the Cost category, as it accepts Medicare, Medicaid, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment, in addition to using a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. Brandywine scored lowest regarding its special programs for unique populations, but does still serve patients with co-occurring mental health disorders, military members, pregnant/postpartum women, and individuals with HIV/AIDS.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 6.3
  • Treatment Approaches: 5
  • Cost: 8
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 3.33
  • Ancillary Services: 5

3. Fellowship Health Resources

Located in Georgetown, Fellowship Health Resources earned a score of 5.6 out of 10 points. The center provides special programs for a wide variety of unique populations – members of the LGBTQ community, veterans and active duty military personnel, seniors, pregnant/postpartum women, victims of trauma and domestic violence and more – giving it the highest possible score in this category. FHR also scored 10 out of 10 points in the Cost category due to its accommodation of multiple payment options, such as Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, government funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment. However, scores for rehabilitation services and treatment approaches were both relatively low due to the limited range of medication-assisted treatments and therapy modalities.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 2.2
  • Treatment Approaches: 3.8
  • Cost: 10
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 10
  • Ancillary Services: 5

4. Aquila of Delaware, Inc. ARGO Institute

Scoring 4 out of 10 points, the ARGO Institute, which is part of Aquila of Delaware, Inc. in Wilmington, ranked fourth in our list of highest-rated low-cost rehabilitation centers in Delaware. The center offers intensive outpatient substance abuse services, and although treatment approaches and ancillary services are limited, the center provides medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence in adults and a trauma-informed treatment approach that also incorporates harm reduction strategies and the 12-step philosophy. Adults and adolescents can receive treatment here, but the center lacks special programs for unique populations, aside from patients with co-occurring mental health disorders. Despite the lack of overall varied services, the facility received a perfect score in the Cost category due to its acceptance of many payment options, including Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed insurance plans, TRICARE, private health insurance, and self-payment. A payment assistance program and a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors are also available to clients. 

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 2.2
  • Treatment Approaches: 3.8
  • Cost: 10
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 1.11
  • Ancillary Services: 2.5
The Top-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Delaware
RankRehabTotal ScoreContact Information
#1Millsboro Connections Community Support Program7.1315 Old Landing Road Millsboro, DE 19966 Main Tel: 833-886-2277
#2Brandywine Counseling & Community Services Newark Treatment Center5.724 Brookhill Drive Newark, DE 19702 Main Tel: 302-454-3020
#3Fellowship Health Resources5.6505 West Market Street Georgetown, DE 19947 Main Tel: 302-854-0626
#4Aquila of Delaware, Inc. ARGO Institute 4.01812 Newport Gap Pike Wilmington, DE 19808 Main Tel: 302-384-6926

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Delaware

Take the first step by entering the START system

In Delaware, the Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Transformation System (START), offered by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), is in place for individuals in the state who are seeking help with substance use disorders. They can enter into this system of care via a hospital admission, a recovery program, a physician referral, or by contacting the local Crisis Hotline directly. The Delaware Treatment and Referral Network (DTRN), which is part of the START system, is also available to help patients transition to providers that will meet their specific care needs. Learn more about START and DTRN here.

The purpose of START is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The Delaware DHSS is the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the Delaware DHSS Medicaid and medical assistance information page.

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Delaware recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.

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Treatment Apporaches
Service Setting
Age Groups Accepted
Ancillary Services
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Gender Accepted
Language Services
License Certification Accreditation
Payment Assistance Available
Payment Methods and Insurance Accepted
Special Programs Groups Offered

    What to Expect in Rehab

    Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.

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    For more on what to expect in rehab, read our guide on the addiction rehabilitation process.

    II. Substance Abuse and Rehab for At-Risk Groups

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

    Substance use disorder and PTSD go hand-in-hand for many veterans

    Veterans face unique challenges that can place them at higher risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population. The primary factor leading to this increased risk is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while other situations, such as unemployment, homelessness and chronic pain, can also be contributing factors. Furthermore, individuals – including veterans – with a substance use disorder are more likely to develop PTSD, so the problem is cyclical in nature.

    According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, as of early 2019, nearly one of every three veterans who seeks treatment for a substance use disorder also has a PTSD diagnosis. Similarly, over one in four veterans who has received a diagnosis of PTSD is also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in 10 of those individuals who visits a VA health care facility has a substance use disorder.

    1 in 3

    veterans seeking treatment for a SUD also has PTSD

    1 in 4

    veterans with PTSD also has a SUD

    According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, as of early 2019, nearly one of every three veterans who seeks treatment for a substance use disorder also has a PTSD diagnosis. Similarly, over one in four veterans who has received a diagnosis of PTSD is also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in 10 of those individuals who visits a VA health care facility has a substance use disorder.

    However, there is hope for veterans suffering from a substance use disorder, as they have access to additional resources for treatment for a SUD or co-occurring SUD and PTSD, and VA benefits often cover the cost of this treatment. To find help with substance abuse treatment from the VA healthcare system, follow these steps:

    Enroll: If you aren’t already enrolled, you can check if you are eligible for VA health benefits and then complete the application. You can also research the Department of Veterans Affairs Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program. This program is available in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics around the United States and provides a variety of treatment options, such as rehabilitation, detoxification, and psychiatric services, for veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol. Keep in mind that you must already be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be considered for the program.

    Discover: Find out whether your local VA medical center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA medical center is located, call the VA hotline at 800-827-1000 to find out or click here for a comprehensive search of VA locations around the United States.

    Find Treatment: Veterans in Delaware can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in their state. Additionally, they can locate information regarding services at the Delaware Commission of Veteran Affairs website and specifically the resource guide the Commission has created to assist veterans with finding help for substance abuse issues.

    Treatment is available for veterans in Delaware who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, five substance abuse treatment facilities in Delaware – representing 14.7% of all treatment facilities in Delaware – catered specifically to veterans.

    For more information, read our guide on Substance Abuse Rehab for Veterans.

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents

    Adolescents in Delaware use marijuana at rates higher than the national average

    8.1%

    of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017

    8.9%

    of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017

    Between 2014 and 2017, 8.1% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Delaware reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, over a full percentage point higher than the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 8.9% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Delaware had taken part in the behavior in the past month, which, conversely, is over a full percentage point lower than the national average of 10.1%. However, less than 0.05% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Delaware in 2017 were aged 12-17, which could indicate that the majority of youth in the state do not require substance abuse treatment or that youth who need substance abuse treatment don’t receive it. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.

    Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers

    The Delaware DHSS has collaborated with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to provide resources for parents and caregivers. The co-branded website offers abundant resources specifically for parents. The State of Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families information page also provides information about prevention and early intervention services for families affected by youth substance abuse.

    Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment

    Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.

    Mental Health Resources & Treatment

    If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.

    Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:

    Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.

    Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.

    Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.

    Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in Delaware:

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): The Delaware branch of NAMI has a website offering resources to assist residents with finding local mental health services, and the organization also provides mental health information specifically for youth and veterans.

    Mental Health Association in Delaware: The Delaware MHA website offers educational material on mental health and has a section dedicated to children and adolescents.

    Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenge posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

    III. Finding Aftercare in Delaware

    Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.

    12-Step Addiction Meetings in Delaware

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.

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    Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you

    The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.

    NameCityProgramTelephoneSpanish Hotline
    Central Delaware IntergroupDoverAA(302) 736-1567N/A
    Northern Delaware IntergroupWilmingtonAA(302) 655-5113;(302) 655-5999N/A
    Southern Delaware IntergroupMillsboroAA(302) 856-6452N/A

    Sober Living Homes

    Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.

    Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.

    Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.

    IV. Substance Abuse in Delaware

    Overview

    The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of Delaware between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Delaware population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.

    Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Delaware, 2016-2017
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+Total Ages% of Delaware Population% of National Population
    Alcohol1,00048,00049,0005.07%0.01%
    Cocaine016,00016,0001.65%<0.01%
    Heroin07,0007,0000.72%<0.01%
    Marijuana9,000110,000119,00012.3%0.04%
    Methamphetamine03,0003,0000.31%<0.01%
    Prescription Opioid06,0006,0000.62%<0.01%

    Source: 2016-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health State-Specific Tables, Table 81

    * ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.

    * ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.

    16.45%

    Delaware deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.71%

    of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Delaware between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Delaware compared to the national average.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Delaware, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths1813,92813,947
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths12,0242,025
    Total Deaths1,25495,86497,123
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.52%16.64%16.45%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    The following table details the number of admissions to state-funded treatment programs in Delaware in 2017, based on the primary substance for which the individual was seeking treatment.

    Admissions to State-Funded Treatment Programs in Delaware by Primary Substance, 2017
    Total Treatment Admissions% of All Treatment Admissions in Delaware% of All Treatment Admissions in the U.S.
    All Substances11,046100%0.59%
    Alcohol (Including Alcohol Usage with Secondary Drug)1,39112.6%0.07%
    Amphetamines (Including Methamphetamines)450.4%<0.01%
    Cocaine (Including smoked and other usage)4914.4%0.03%
    Hallucinogens100.1%<0.01%
    Heroin5,37148.6%0.29%
    Inhalants5<0.01%<0.01%
    Marijuana5424.9%0.03%
    Other Opiates (Including Prescription Opioids)5304.8%0.03%
    Other Stimulants90.1%<0.01%
    Other/Unknown Substances2,56823.2%0.14%
    PCP310.3%<0.01%
    Sedatives4<0.01%<0.01%
    Tranquilizers490.4%<0.01%

    Key Indicators of Substance Abuse Issues

    When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of Delaware, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.

    Over one hundred thousand Delawareans suffer from mental illness every year

    As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.

    4.7%

    of Delaware adults had a serious mental illness

    10.9%

    of Delaware adolescents had a major depressive episode

    Between 2013 and 2017, 4.7% of Delaware adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Delaware adolescents, 10.9% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national average of 12.1%.

    The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Delaware.

    Mental Health Issues in Delaware by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
    Ages: 12-17% of Delaware PopulationAges: 18+% of Delaware Population
    Major Depressive Episode8,0000.83%52,0005.38%
    Any Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data138,00014.27%
    Serious Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data36,0003.72%
    Serious Thoughts of SuicideNo DataNo Data31,0003.21%

    Suicide rates in Delaware are much lower than the national average

    The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.

    Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, Delaware witnessed a 5.9% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Delaware ranked 43rd in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.

    Suicides and Suicide Rates in Delaware and the United States, 2017
    Suicides in
    Delaware
    Suicide Rate Per 100,00Suicides in the U.S.Suicide Rate Per 100,000
    Ages 10-14No DataNo Data5172.5
    Ages 15-241411.76,25214.5
    Ages 25-443715.415,28317.8
    Ages 45-644417.016,54319.6
    Ages 65-74No DataNo Data4,62015.6
    Ages 75+No DataNo Data3,94818.6
    All Ages11211.647,16314.5

    Delaware has a significantly higher opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate

    Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.

    68.3

    opioid prescriptions per 100 Delaware residents, 2017

    58.7

    opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017

    After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in Delaware was consistently higher than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 92.7 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 68.3 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, although revealing a slightly higher decrease of 26.32%.

    Delaware and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017

    The rate of homelessness in Delaware is much lower than the national average

    A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.

    The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.

    11.2

    of every 10,000 Delaware residents were homeless, 2018

    17

    of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018

    By comparison, Delaware had approximately 1,082 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 11.2 of every 10,000 Delaware residents and much lower than the national average. However, this number reveals a 20.09% increase since 2014 when 901 homeless persons lived in Delaware.

    V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs

    The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Delaware by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in its three counties.

    New Castle County

    Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are lower in New Castle County than across Delaware

    15.12%

    of New Castle County deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    16.45%

    of Delaware deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Between 2008 and 2017, there were 7,804 deaths induced by drugs and/or alcohol in New Castle County. This number represented 15.12% of the total number of deaths among all ages during the same time period in the county and was over a full percentage point lower than the state average of 16.45%. Of the three Delaware counties, New Castle County’s drug- and alcohol-induced death rate was the lowest.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in New Castle County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths96,5846,593
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths01,2111,211
    Total Deaths78750,83051,619
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.14%15.34%15.12%

    Sussex County

    Sussex County’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is higher than the state average

    18.28%

    of Sussex County deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    16.45%

    of Delaware deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Located in the southern third of the state, Sussex County had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 18.28% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage is nearly two percentage points higher than the state average of 16.45% during the same time period. Among the three Delaware counties, Sussex County had the highest death rate due to drugs and alcohol.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Sussex County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths64,5784,585
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths1490491
    Total Deaths23427,53327,770
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths2.99%18.41%18.28%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Kent County

    Deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Kent County are slightly higher than the average rate across Delaware

    17.44%

    of Kent County deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    16.45%

    of Delaware deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Kent County experienced 3,092 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 17.44% of the total number of deaths in the county during that time period and coming in at nearly one percentage point higher than the average of 16.45% across all of Delaware during the same time frame. Compared to the other two counties in the state, Kent County fell in the middle for these types of deaths.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Kent County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths32,7662,769
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0323323
    Total Deaths23317,50117,734
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.29%17.65%17.44%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    VI. Take Action

    Substance abuse treatment is available in Delaware for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and enter the START System. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.