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Aquila of Delaware


Aquila of Delaware

Aquila of Delaware Review

Aquila of Delaware is an outpatient treatment facility for dual-diagnosed adolescents and young adults with three locations in Delaware. The program was founded in 1991 by Joan Chatterton, who is a registered nurse (RN), LCSW and certified in the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Since then, Aquila has set the treatment standard in Delaware for young adult substance abuse and dual diagnosis support.

Treatment and Staff

Aquila’s treatment plans are designed for clients between the ages of 13 and 26. The process begins with an assessment meeting with a counselor to determine the level of individualized treatment needed. Programs offered at the Wilmington and Georgetown locations include day treatment, partial day treatment and intensive outpatient (IOP). Aquila’s ARGO Institute in Wilmington provides a specialized, trauma-informed IOP treatment program for young adults 19 to 26.

Day treatment is a highly structured program designed for adolescents with substance abuse problems. The program meets for a total of 32.5 hours a week—Monday from 9 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm and Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Treatment includes five hours weekly of group therapy, a one-hour individual session and four hours of family therapy—including a weekly two-hour multi-family dinner and group session. Licensed and certified teachers conduct daily lessons at grade level for clients who are school-age. Treatment approaches include both DBT and the 12 steps. Clients are required to attend two on-site AA/NA meetings a week.

Partial day treatment allows adolescents to deal with their alcohol and drug problems while continuing to attend school. It can also be a step down from Aquila’s day treatment or inpatient treatment at another facility. Teens in the early stages of substance abuse are also considered for this level of treatment. The program meets for a total of nine hours a week—Monday from 3:30 to 7 pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 pm to 4:30 pm and multi-family dinner from 5 pm to 7 pm. Its components are similar to the day treatment program, but with a focus on successful return to school and relapse prevention. Clients are required to attend off-site AA/NA meetings and encouraged to get sponsors.

Aquila’s IOP is a home- and community-based, structured program geared toward adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. It includes five hours of treatment per week—Monday from 4 pm to 7 pm and the Wednesday multi-family dinner. The elements of the other programs are incorporated, with a focus on building family and community support and developing a strong recovery lifestyle, which includes attending required AA/NA meetings and getting a sponsor. Medication can also be integrated into treatment for clients with a dual diagnosis, and is overseen and managed by an on-site clinical psychiatrist.

Aquila’s ARGO Institute has its own IOP protocol. It includes 11 hours of weekly treatment—Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12 pm to 2:30 pm. Treatment includes the 12-step model, individual therapy sessions that focus on relapse prevention, trauma therapies like EMDR and experiential therapy, and education aboutthe effects of drugs and alcohol and life coping skills. This program also includes four hours a week of group therapy in addition to an hour-long one-on-one or family session.

The programs do not have a set length, though the ARGO Institute does encourage six to eight weeks of participation and commitment. Otherwise, the length of care is up to the individual and counselors.

Aquila’s counselors and therapists are all certified and trained in co-occurring conditions. Staff consists psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, RNs, LCSWs and CADCs.


Aquila encourages clients to live healthy, productive lives outside of treatment with a leisure skills group, which takes them on outings to movies and sporting events and helps them learn to socialize without the use of drugs and alcohol. Also offered are life skills groups and vocational counseling.

In Summary

Aquila offers a variety of unique and specialized programs for adolescents and young adults. By continuing to seek cutting-edge treatments for clients with co-occurring conditions, it provides the very best care at a decent price.

Aquila of Delaware Locations

1812 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE 19808

10 N Railroad Ave
Georgetown, DE 19947

Argo Institute
409 Larch Circle
Wilmington, DE 19804

Aquila of Delaware Cost

$880 (30 days at two visits per week). Reach Aquila by phone at 302-999-1106 for the Wilmington location, 302-856-9746 for the Georgetown location and 302-384-6926 for the ARGO Institute. Find Aquila of Delaware on Facebook

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