De Paul Detoxification FAQs
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
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
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
• Promethazine, Ondansetron– for nausea and vomiting
• Clonidine– to control vital signs and anxiety
Does De Paul offer Suboxone for withdrawal?
At this time, De Paul provides appropriate clients with bupenorphine for opiate detoxification.
Clients who desire long term treatment are financially responsible for medication and
What wil I do during withdrawal?
You wil share a room with up to one other person of the same gender. Television, videos, and reading materials will be provided for you to use while you are in your room. Activities outside of your room wil be scheduled with the staff.
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.
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 al ow
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
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 or De Paul Outpatient Program.
Wil I be able to make phone cal s or receive visitors?
You can make calls to your identified support people on Day 3. You will be asked to identify 1-2
support people during the admission process. Due to space and census on the unit, the length
and number of calls will be limited. Staff will do as much as possible to accommodate one 15
minute call per shift. Family members can call 503-535-1173 for information and to leave
messages for clients in detox. Wil I be al owed to smoke?
Smoking is not al owed while in detox.
Chewing tobacco and nicotine gum are also not
permitted. We wil provide nicotine patches to help with withdrawal symptoms if you need
them. How can I find out more?
Call 503-535-1151 to speak with a De Paul Customer Service Representative.
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