De Paul’s youth residential treatment is individualized and based on the needs of each teen.
Our substance use disorder treatment program includes structure and staff supervision 24/7. Residential stays at the De Paul Youth & Family Center location in Northeast Portland vary depending on the client’s needs, insurance and continuity of care. The majority of treatment activities, including group and individual counseling, the academic program, and recreation, focus on an in-depth exploration of the causes and negative consequences of drug and alcohol use by teens and how to create a more positive and less troubled life.
De Paul combines recreational activities with a strong academic program provided within in a therapeutic milieu that emphasizes individualized and evidence-based approaches. Youth in residential treatment at the De Paul Youth & Family Center are assigned an individual counselor who works closely with each young person to create a Plan for Success which is updated as goals are met.
Structure is an essential element of chemical dependency treatment and each day a schedule of activities, school and individual and group counseling assists young people to make the transition to a life free from drugs and alcohol. Treatment is designed to educate and create opportunities to learn and practice the skills needed to become responsible adults. Sports and other recreational activities are integrated into the therapeutic environment.
Learn more about our residential program groups for youth at De Paul:
De Paul supports young people to get back on track with their education.
School is an integral part of treatment. The De Paul Alternative School is fully accredited and is connected with Portland Public Schools. Academic classes consume four hours a day, Monday through Friday. Because De Paul students are at different grade levels, much of the instruction is individualized. Students at the schools participate in core classes such as math and English, and also choose electives such as photography, art, fitness, and astronomy. Credits earned at the De Paul School transfer to the student’s home school once they leave treatment. In some cases, students may prepare to take the GED exam or graduate from the De Paul Alternative School.
Safety, separateness and structure
Safety, separateness and structure are key components of residential treatment at De Paul. Young people and staff work together to integrate the skills and knowledge gained during residential treatment and transition to intensive outpatient or outpatient treatment.
Many clients who come to De Paul Treatment Centers have co-occurring mental health issues; this is called having a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is treated by counselors who are Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP) and are trained in mental health assessment and counseling. Medication management is offered by the De Paul medical team.
De Paul’s counselors are professionally trained to work with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. De Paul has a medical team led by our medical director, Dr. Paul Conti. The team consists of a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner.
Activities at De Paul
The DP Fit gym at the De Paul Youth & Family Center provides an opportunity to improve fitness and strength under supervision from the staff. Every week we offer the “sport of the week” to build fitness and self-esteem, while encouraging pro-social behavior and teamwork. Young people also give an “energy gift” to the community by volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank and Oregon Humane Society. Other outings may include hikes, movies, and cultural and sporting events. All outings are supervised by staff.
Family involvement at De Paul
Family involvement is a critical part of the substance abuse treatment process for youth. Every youth in De Paul’s youth residential treatment has a family counselor assigned to work with the family to assist with family communication and to help parents and guardians create a home environment that will support the young person’s journey into recovery. In addition to multi-family group, a family brunch event and family therapy sessions, family members are encouraged to visit twice a week.
De Paul introduces young people to community support groups such as the 12 Step Programs. We take youth out to meetings in the community and volunteers from the community are available to answer questions and provide support. We also provide young people information about recovery groups and activities outside of the 12 Step community.
All young people must provide a urine specimen at assessment. Review the helpful links below prior to the assessment appointment for treatment:
For more information, call 503-535-1151 or email.