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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs in Delaware

National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports have indicated that rates of past month illicit drug use, past month use of an illicit drug other than marijuana, and past year marijuana use in Delaware have been at or above the national rates since 2002. On the contrary rates of past month alcohol use and past month binge alcohol use have generally remained at or below the national average. While rates of alcohol dependence have remained well below the national rate, rates of dependence or abuse on illicit drugs has generally remained above the national rates for all age groups, across all survey years since 2002.

Delaware Addiction Treatment Facilities

According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, Delaware has 43 treatment facilities. The majority of the treatment facilities in Delaware, 67% are private for profit. An additional 11 facilities are private for profit and the remainder are owned and operated by Federal, Sate, or local governments. Outpatient care is offered by 34 of the 43 facilities in Delaware with another 12 facilities offering residential care. There are another 4 facilities where methadone treatment is available as well as 24 physicians certified to deliver buprenorphine therapy. Of all the facilities in Delaware 63% received some form of Federal, State, county or local government funds, and an additional 23 facilities have agreements or contracts with managed care for the provision of substance abuse treatment services.

Data from the 2006 N-SSATS survey reported a one day census total of 4,042 client in treatment, with 3,754 or 93% in outpatient treatment. Out of the total number of clients in treatment on this day, 261 of them were under the age of 18.

Drug Rehab Admissions are Increasing in Delaware

Delaware has seen a steady increase of annual admissions to treatment. In recent years there there has been a decline in admissions mentioning alcohol as a substance of abuse upon admission, while admissions mentioning marijuana and heroin have been on the rise. Based on studies from 1992- 2005 alcohol only admissions have decreased by 32% and drug only admissions have increased by 16%.

Need for Drug Rehab Programs in Delaware

Delaware continues to be ranked below the national average for those needing and not receiving treatment for the abuse of or dependence on alcohol for all age groups. From 2005-2006, the rate for unmet treatment was among the ten lowest in the country for all age groups besides those between the ages 12-17. However, the rates for unmet drug treatment are substantially different. Data provided from the 2005-2006 survey indicated that Delaware ranked higher than the national average for unmet treatment for the abuse of or dependence on illicit drugs.