Adult Detox FAQs

  • What is the admissions process?

    You must be at the De Paul Treatment Center located in downtown Portland at 1312 SW Washington St., by 8:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Clients will be admitted on a “first come, first serve” basis, as well as an individual medical triage assessment. There is no guarantee of being admitted, it is dependent on bed availability. No private insurance admits over the weekend.

    To check bed availability in advance, call the Detox Availability Hotline at (503) 546-8311. The hotline will be updated throughout the day, every day when beds become available.

  • Is insurance required?

    Most insurance is accepted, including the Oregon Health Plan. For stimulant detoxification and MAT services only Health Share of Oregon Insurance accepted (Tuality not accepted).Please see list of accepted insurance. If you do not live in the tri-county area(Clackamas, Multnomah or Clackamas County) you need to be pre-screened before you come to De Paul. If you have private, CCO Umpqua or Western Oregon insurance or live outside the tri-county area you must call De Paul at (503) 535-1150 to have their insurance preauthorized before arriving at the facility.

  • How can I find out more?

    Call 503-535-1151 to speak with a De Paul Treatment Access Specialist.

  • Will I be allowed to smoke?

    Smoking is not allowed while in detox. Chewing tobacco and nicotine gum are also not permitted. We will provide nicotine patches to help with withdrawal symptoms if you need them.

  • Will I be able to make phone calls or receive visitors?

    No phone calls or messages are allowed while in detox to prevent relapse triggers. You can make 1 phone call while you are having an integrated alcohol and drug assessment with a counselor present for support.

  • What happens once I complete withdrawal?

    Upon completion of medication assisted withdrawal, De Paul staff will help you transition directly into the De Paul Residential Program, De Paul Day Treatment Program or De Paul Outpatient Program.

  • How long does withdrawal take?

    While in the medication assisted withdrawal program, your condition will be assessed daily by medical and clinical staff. Once the severity of your symptoms has decreased enough to allow you to be comfortable without medication and/or medical monitoring, you will be transitioned into the residential or outpatient program. This process can last anywhere from two to ten days.

  • What will I do during withdrawal?

    Our detox rooms are co-ed and you will share a room with up to one other person. Television, videos, and reading materials will be provided for you to use.

    A nurse will be assigned to care for you and offer support and treatment. You will meet with a provider for initial assessment and follow-up, when appropriate. A clinician will check in with you and offer support and information on transition to the residential or outpatient program. You will be expected to engage in A&D groups and educations groups after your first day of detox to help prepare you for success in recovery.

  • Does De Paul offer Suboxone for withdrawal?

    De Paul provides appropriate clients with buprenorphine for opiate detoxification.

    In collaboration with Dr. Paul Conti and Pacific Premier Group, you may be appropriate for continuing buprenorphine maintenance treatment.  This is a self-pay option for services while in residential.

    Clients may have withdrawal support medications ordered while they are in treatment and are financially responsible for medication and treatment costs after the transition to residential.

  • What medications will I be given while in withdrawal?
    • Diazepam, Librium, Lorazepam – for withdrawal symptoms
    • Buprenorphine – for opiate detoxification and dependence
    • Naltrexone – for opiate/alcohol dependence
    • Methocarbamol – for muscle/body aches
    • Trazodone – for insomnia
    • Hydroxyzine – for anxiety
    • Promethazine, Ondansetron – for nausea and vomiting
    • Clonidine – to control vital signs and anxiety
    • Dicyclomine – for abdominal cramps
    • Other medications, if needed
  • What is Medical Detoxification?

    The sustained use of certain substances causes adaptations within the body. Once the use of those substances is discontinued, those adaptations can result in discomfort, pain and sometime life-threatening complications. These are known as acute withdrawal symptoms and may include anxiety, restlessness, joint pain, stomach cramps, nausea, insomnia, and others. The goal of Medical detoxification is to provide a safe, comfortable withdrawal from these substances with the support of medical and clinical. Medical staff will help to provide control of acute withdrawal symptoms through supportive care, 24/7 nurse monitoring, medications and client education.