Frequently Asked Questions

Top Adult Detox Questions

  • 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.

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Top Adult Outpatient Questions


Top Adult Residential Questions

  • 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 can do referrals to several detox providers in the community depending on the individual’s 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.

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Top DUII Questions

  • How do I get started?

    Clients who had a DUII in the State of Oregon need a DUII evaluation from an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation Specialist (ADES). Normally the Alcohol and Drug Evaluation Specialist (ADES) faxes the document within 1-2 days of the ADES evaluation. ADES allows 30 days for clients to enroll in treatment from the date of their evaluation. When we receive the referral from ADES we will send you a Welcome Letter with information about getting started in our program.

    If you received a DUII outside of Oregon, we will need a copy of your court paperwork with an outline of your requirements and your DMV driving record.

    If you are no longer being supervised by the courts for the DUII charge, you will need to submit a DMV driving record.

    We have two primary locations where outpatient treatment services are available: Downtown Portland and Hillsboro. Call 503-535-1151 to schedule the assessment appointment.

  • What do I have to do to successfully complete the basic elements of the DUII program?
    • Complete a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of group (keep regular attendance)
    • Avoid having have more than two unexcused absences (two or more in succession may restart program)
    • Complete a minimum of 4 individual sessions
    • End the program with at least 90 days of consecutively clean EtG UAs (and self-reported sobriety)
    • Turn in proof of attendance to a minimum of 12 community support groups
    • Pay for all of your service fees prior to completion date
  • What if I only need a DMV certificate?

    In some cases the DUII offense has expired with the court system and a DMV certificate is needed to obtain a driver’s license. The treatment program requirements in these cases are the same as in-state (see descriptions above and below). We require the client (at the time of assessment) to submit a copy of the DMV document that includes: the arrest date, conviction date(s), and ODL number. This can be done by calling the DMV to order a copy of your driving record. If you have difficulty with this process you can call us at 503-535-1166 to provide you more information on how to obtain your records.

  • Can I do my DUII Program at De Paul if my DUII was out of state?

    Out of state DUII clients are accepted at our program and will complete treatment at the discretion of their counselor based upon the requirements of their out of state DUII evaluators, and any further recommendations of the counselor. Prior to or at the start of treatment, clients need to submit copies of the out of state DUII paperwork and requirements so De Paul staff can help our clients be successful in fulfilling all program requirements.

  • Does De Paul offer all Levels of Care (DUII, DUII education only, outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential)?

    Yes, De Paul offers DUII treatment, DUII Information Only, Level I Outpatient treatment (one to three times a week), Level II Intensive Outpatient treatment (three or more times a week), Residential treatment and Detox. De Paul Treatment Centers offers additional services provided by our master’s level counselors who can also address mental health issues. Evidence shows that participation in treatment services with family or other support persons can dramatically improve success rates. De Paul offers an array of family services for clients and their identified support persons.

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Top Family Services Questions


Top Youth Residential Questions

  • How about physical activity?

    Physical exercise is an integral part of our treatment approach. De Paul Youth and Family Center opened the doors of its 1000 SF DP Fit Gym in June 2011. De Paul Youth enrolled in the DP Fit Program learn about proper exercise safety and technique, the physiology and anatomy of fitness and receive high school credit for participating. The program is staffed by De Paul counselors. De Paul’s program includes a “Sport of the Week” that the youth participate in.

    While in treatment clients also go on hikes, sporting events or other activities off campus.

  • Tell me more about the alternative school.

    While in residential treatment clients attend our alternative high school which is accredited through Portland Public Schools. For those who choose not to work towards traditional high school credits we offer GED preparation and facilitate testing. If a client has already earned a GED or Diploma they can work on getting into/taking college course or another independent project. Our clients spend 4 hours per day in school in addition to treatment groups, individual sessions, family sessions, community activities and recreational activities.

  • Can you accommodate adolescents with mental health disorders such as ADHD, depression, PTSD, anxiety etc.?

    On our staff we have a nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner to provide health and mental health services. They are able to complete psychiatric evaluations and prescribe medications if necessary.

  • Who is the primary person responsible for my child?

    Each client is assigned a primary counselor and a family counselor with whom they meet weekly for therapy sessions. These counselors are also the primary contacts for families and referents once clients are enrolled in our program.

  • Will my child have passes to come home?

    As a client transitions out of the residential level of care they may be eligible for one 4-6 hour pass. Eligibility requirements include completion of all treatment work, academic work, family treatment plans, and compliance with De Paul rules.

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