Adult Residential FAQs

  • How do I contact De Paul?

    Please call our front desk at 503-535-1151, and they can direct your call to our admissions staff and answer other questions.

  • What if I change my mind?

    If you decide residential treatment is not right for you, your counselor will work with you, your family and/or referent on a plan for continuing in De Paul outpatient services.

  • Will I need detox?

    You may need medical detox prior to entering Residential treatment if you are currently using Alcohol, Opiates or Benzodiazepines. DePaul will do an initial screening either in person or over the phone to help determine if detox is necessary. De Paul currently offer detox services for Alcohol, Opiates and Stimulants. We also offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  De Paul does not offer detox services for Benzodiazepines.  De Paul can do referrals to several detox providers in the community depending on the individual’s needs and ability to pay or their insurance plan. In cases where there is no insurance, OHP, or ability to pay De Paul can refer to the community detox using a priority admit. Each case is individual and detox is something which will be addressed with each potential admit.

  • Are you based in 12-steps?

    De Paul is closely connected to the 12 Step community. Meetings are held onsite every day and clients are expected to attend meetings while in treatment. Passes may be used to attend 12 Step meetings at other locations in Portland

    DePaul treats individuals holistically looking at the mind, body and spirit. Our core curriculum is based on Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral  Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Alcohol and Drug Education. We also have individualized curriculum choices  available so the individual can receive services which meet their specific needs. De Paul offers health and nutrition education, all within the umbrella of  Trauma Informed Care.

  • Can I make phone calls?

    Yes, you are allowed to make daily phone calls from the fifth day of treatment onwards.

  • Do we get to go on outings?

    Yes, there are opportunities for outings. Activities often include walks, running, park outings, and community events.

  • What are the rooms like?

    Two clients occupy each room and there are shared bathrooms on each floor. The floors are gender specific with women on the second floor and men on the third floor. There is no elevator at De Paul so clients must be physically able to navigate stairs multiple times a day.

  • How many people are there?

    De Paul’s adult residential facility has 56 beds for men and 24 for women.

  • Can I bring my cell phone?

    Cell phones and other electronics are not allowed in treatment.

  • When can I get passes to leave De Paul while I am in treatment?

    Passes are determined by your length of stay, stage in treatment and clinical team approval.

  • Can I smoke or use chewing tobacco while in residential treatment?

    Clients are allowed six scheduled smoke breaks daily. Smoking is not permitted inside the building; there are designated smoking areas outside. Chewing tobacco, vape pens, cigars, or other nicotine delivery devices are not allowed during residential treatment.

  • Can my family visit me?

    Family support and involvement is strongly encouraged in your treatment. Families are encouraged to participate in family therapy services through De Paul which include sessions with family members during residential treatment.

    Clients with children 17 and under can visit with their children at De Paul on the weekends during scheduled visitation hours.

  • Can you tell me more about what to expect in residential treatment?

    Clients spend 20 plus hours in residential and outpatient treatment groups and classes each week. Each client is assigned his/her own counselor who meets with him/her for one on one therapy sessions during the week. In addition, each client is assigned a “Core Group”. The Core Groups are intimate (8 to 10 clients) groups that are facilitated by a counselor and meet twice a week to allow clients to process with one another by hearing from peers who are suffering from the disease of addiction and learning how to gain support from others who are in recovery.

    Clients receive 3-5 hours of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) classes each week. DBT is especially good for people who suffer from the disease of addiction because it helps with out-of-control emotions and destructive behaviors common in people with substance use disorders. In addition to the 3-5 hours of classes, clients receive coaching on their personal use of the DBT skills from the treatment staff while they are living in the therapeutic community.

    Through the residential program, clients learn about their relapse patterns; pain management; how to identify and change the behaviors that have caused their substance abuse disorder; meditation practices; and 12-Step support groups. Clients experience the therapeutic community of recovery while in residential treatment.

  • How long will I be in residential treatment?

    Residential lengths of stay vary. Factors depend on the client’s needs, insurance and continuity of care. Residential treatment is a time for stabilization, and the ultimate goal is to continue the treatment in outpatient, where the client is back in the “real world” and gets to practice the skills acquired during treatment.

  • How do I get into residential treatment?

    There are several ways to enroll in treatment. You may self-refer or be referred by a family member, a parole officer, Department of Human Services, Drug court, your doctor or another referral agency.

    If you have private insurance or the Oregon Health Plan (CCO), they will likely cover some or all of the cost of residential treatment. 30 day packages are available for those who need to pay for treatment out of pocket.

    There are a limited number of government funded spots for those who do not have insurance or the means to pay for treatment. If you are interested in one of the spots, please come to our residential orientation group on Friday at 1:45pm. You do not need to sign up in advance to attend this group.