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I. Getting Help

I. The 8 Best Rehab Facilities in Des Moines, IA

To be sure we are recommending the best facilities, our team of researchers developed five core metrics to determine the quality of each treatment center. These metrics cover key aspects such as cost, treatment approaches, and rehab services provided. For more information, read the full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology.

The 8 best rehab facilities in Des Moines, IA are:Des moines


St. Gregory Recovery Center

St. Gregory

601 2nd Street
Bayard, IA 50029
888-919-2880
Stgregoryctr.com

St. Gregory Recovery Center provides residential rehab services to men and women living with addiction. This facility uses an empowerment-based recovery program and state-of-the-art brain functioning research to help clients learn how to manage stress, depression, and anxiety without relying on drugs or alcohol. It uses an alternative model to the traditional 12 Steps program and advertises that it is the only program in the nation with a documented track record of success. Its program is results-based, and the length of each resident’s stay depends on their needs. Its facility features semiprivate suites, and residents enjoy amenities like a pool table, basketball, a workout room, and a computer lab. St. Gregory is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

What patients are saying:

One former client said, “This place is the best recovery treatment center I could ever imagine going to. They have the best counselors, best staff, not to mention BEST food. Their program is amazing, I learned so much. The place really became my home. I highly recommend this place to everyone. It’s not just about your addiction. It’s about your body, mind, and spirit.”

Reviews:

  • 3.55 stars
  • 44 reviews

The Abbey Center

The Abbey

1401 Central Avenue
Bettendorf, IA 52722
800-438-7535
Theabbeycenter.com

The Abbey Center has been providing affordable addiction treatment services for over a decade and successfully treats hundreds of clients annually. This facility is state-licensed to provide an array of drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, including traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and high-intensity residential services, including sober living. Most clients who enter into the partial hospitalization or residential program engage in four weeks of clinical work and then step down to a lower level of intensity. Progress is re-assessed regularly, and the intensity and frequency of treatment is modified based on each client’s needs. The facility also addresses co-occurring mental health concerns, such as trauma and depression. The facility is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

What patients are saying:

Former clients and their families speak highly of The Abbey Center, with one client saying, “The Abbey is not only a beautiful place to recover, but the program is above and beyond anything I’ve experienced. The program is informative, engaging and taught by true professionals.” A family member of a client shared a similar sentiment, saying, “After many years of counseling, outpatient treatment and one inpatient treatment, my son made HUGE progress at The Abbey.”

Reviews:

  • 3.72 stars
  • 13 reviews

Area Substance Abuse Council

Area Substance Abuse

3601 16th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-390-4611
Asac.us

Area Substance Abuse Council provides medication-assisted treatment and residential and outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Cedar Rapids, about 130 miles to the northeast of Des Moines. It offers several treatment paths for residential clients, including unique programming for men, women who are pregnant or have children, and adolescents age 13 to 18, as well as co-ed programming for men and women ages 18 and over. The center also provides outpatient treatment services with group meetings that meet at various times, including groups that are specific to gender, age, culture, and issues associated with a person’s substance use. Treatment for both programs is self-paced, and lengths of stays are dependent on each client’s needs and progress.

What patients are saying:

One former patient of Area Substance Abuse Council said, “ASAC helped save my life. If it wasn’t for their residential, halfway and transitional living I wouldn’t be here today. I would and do recommend this program to anyone. They really helped me learn how to live life without drugs and alcohol and to be the parent my children deserve!”

Reviews:

  • 3.44 stars
  • 44 reviews

United Community Services, Inc.

UCS

4908 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-280-3860
Ucsonline.org

United Community Services, Inc. provides outpatient therapy services with individual sessions and group therapy for men and women living with addictions to drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Therapy sessions cover a wide array of topics to help clients identify the root causes of their substance use disorders, and they are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening to accommodate clients’ schedules. The center is also among the few in the state to provide medication-assisted treatment for clients living with addictions to opioids and alcohol, including pregnant women. For clients who have completed programming, UCS provides a relapse prevention program with weekly group sessions. The facility also specializes in serving members of the LGBTQ community.

What patients are saying:

Many former clients recommend this facility, with one saying, “They are the best!!! They take care of you and they don’t judge you for anything, the staff is very friendly, from the first day they learned my name, they really care about you. They are always available to help you; they are very loving with people who need help.”

Reviews:

  • 4.33 stars
  • 33 reviews

Bernie Lorenz Recovery

Bernie Lorenz

4014 Kingman Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50311
515-255-3373
Bernielorenzrecovery.org

Bernie Lorenz Recovery, a program of Prelude Behavioral Services, is a nonprofit residential program that provides a substance-free living environment for women who are transitioning from acute rehabilitative services back to a home environment. The program lasts from 60-90 days and is designed to help women maintain sobriety while they secure safe living arrangements, enhance vocational and life skills, develop a financial budget, establish a daily schedule and support system, and enroll in a post-rehab care program. Clients address personal challenges that contributed to their drug or alcohol use, including unhealthy family dynamics, self-esteem issues, abuse, grief and loss, and physical and mental health issues.

What patients are saying:

A former client said, “The staff are well trained, know their business and deliver real help to those in such great need. The grounds are calm, clean and inviting. This place is great. The facility is an overall family atmosphere. The staff friendly and caring, they seemed to be knowledgeable in what they were doing and to really care about the patients going through their treatment. I really liked all the things I learned.”

Reviews:

  • 3.85 stars
  • 17 reviews

Urban Dreams

Urban Dreams

601 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
515-288-4742
Urbandreams.org

Urban Dreams is a substance abuse treatment center that provides outpatient substance abuse services in five locations, including Des Moines. Participants attend group and individual counseling sessions, assessments, and aftercare classes to ensure long-term success in addiction recovery. In addition to its outpatient services, this state-licensed facility provides OWI jail diversion weekend classes in 12-hour, 48-hour, and 96-hour formats.

What patients are saying:

Many current and former clients of Urban Dreams spoke highly of the guidance and attention they received while participating in group therapy at this facility. Several people reported that they felt that the staff understood what they were going through and that the class they took was relevant and effective.

Reviews:

  • 4.54 stars
  • 62 reviews

Prelude Behavioral Services

Bernie Lorenz

3451 Easton Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50317
515- 262-0349
Preludeiowa.org

Prelude Behavioral Services is an accredited substance abuse and behavioral health treatment center that has served Iowans for over 50 years. It provides a full continuum of care for men and women, including early intervention, evaluation, medically supervised detox, residential and outpatient treatment, transitional housing, and case management. Its residential care program is its most comprehensive level of care provided and features intensive care and supervision in a 24-hour setting. Most clients stay in residential treatment for 20-40 days, depending on their needs and progress. Its outpatient program features individual and group counseling sessions for adolescents, adults, and families. The center also services for those living with gambling addictions and is state-licensed to provide 12-hour OWI courses.

What patients are saying:

Clients who recommend this facility report that it offers effective programs and a supportive staff. One former client said, “With this program help I have changed my entire life for the better. Addiction can be beaten with their programming. I am walking proof of that. Thank you for a job well done to the staff.”

Reviews:

  • 2.44 stars
  • 16 reviews

Beacon of Life

Beacon of Life

1717 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-244-4713
Beaconoflifedm.org

Beacon of Life is a nonprofit organization that provides substance abuse treatment for women. It uses a whole-person philosophy that focuses on physical and mental health and wellness, financial empowerment, employment, and addiction recovery. Upon entering the program, clients meet with a case manager to discuss personal goals. The program features five phases, which are generally completed in 6-12 months. The facility can accommodate up to 34 women and is equipped with a pantry, a kitchen, a laundry room, an activity room, and around-the-clock staff. It has a home-like environment where residents have responsibilities, such as finding a job, paying their share of rent and bills, participating in meal preparation and house chores, observing curfews, and committing to self-improvement.

What patients are saying:

Former clients have high regard for the programming offered at Beacon of Life. One client said, “Beacon of Life is such a great program. If you want to change your life and are willing to put the work in then you definitely should jump on the opportunity. I was there for 7 months and I live up the street from there now. I still have a close bond with staff and residents.”

Reviews:

  • 4.17 stars
  • 30 reviews

II. Methodology

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 28 substance abuse treatment centers in the Des Moines area. To determine which provide the highest quality of treatment and the most resources for recovery, we used the following five core metrics to evaluate each facility.

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For more information, feel free to read a full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology.

III. Getting Help in Des Moines

Start by determining your coverage

To determine your best options for a rehabilitation center, it is important to first learn about your health insurance coverage. Reach out to your private or healthcare marketplace insurance provider to find out which substance abuse treatment centers are available to you. Regardless of the type of coverage you have, both public and private insurance companies must cover substance abuse treatment for qualified individuals.

To learn more about addiction and the rehabilitation process in your state, read our guide to rehab in Iowa.

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Iowa recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Enter your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.

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    IV. Des Moines Rehab FAQs

    Do I need to go to rehab?

    Substance abuse and addiction have high costs, often adversely affecting work performance, personal relationships, and your physical health. To help you determine if you may be addicted, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has an Alcohol Use Screening and a Substance Abuse Screening to help you find out.

    How long does rehab last?

    Different programs and levels of addiction require different program lengths. Common rehab lengths are:

    How much does drug rehab cost?

    Pricing depends on the program, services, and amenities offered. Typically, outpatient programs are cheaper than inpatient, and live-in inpatient facilities are the most expensive. To learn more, read our guide on The Cost of Rehab.

    How does rehab work?

    Rehab is made up of four basic steps:

    • Assessment
    • Detox
    • Therapy
    • Aftercare

    To learn more about the rehab process and each step, read our guide to The Addiction Rehabilitation Process.

    How important is aftercare? 

    One of the most important steps in the rehabilitation process is aftercare – the continuing support and accountability offered through counseling and 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

    To find an AA or NA meeting near you, use the directory below.

    NameCityProgramTelephoneSpanish Hotline
    24 Hour Answering ServiceDavenportAA(309) 764-1016N/A
    Ames IntergroupAmesAA(515) 232-8642N/A
    Answer Plus Answering ServiceCedar RapidsAA(319) 365-5955N/A
    Central Office/IntergroupDes MoinesAA(515) 282-8550;(800) 207-2172N/A
    Clean & Free Area NAClean & Free Area (Waterloo)NA(319) 291-8803N/A
    Dist. 13 IntergroupIowa CityAA(319) 338-9111N/A
    Dubuque Area IntergroupDubuqueAA(563) 557-9196N/A
    Freedom & Serenity Area NAFreedom & Serenity Area (Cedar Rapids)NA(319) 202-7727N/A
    Heartland Area NAHeartland Area (Ames, Marshalltown, Toledo)NA(641) 485-6272N/A
    IIIowa IntergroupDavenportAA(563) 324-5655;(309) 764-1016N/A
    Iowa Region NAIowa RegionNA(800) 897-6242N/A
    North Central Iowa Area NANorth Central Iowa Area (Mason City)NA(641) 512-5007N/A
    Quad Cities Area NAQuad Cities Area (Davenport, Clinton)NA(563) 328-5228N/A
    Siouxland Area NASiouxland Area (Sioux City)NA(712) 279-0733N/A
    Siouxland IntergroupSioux CityAA(712) 252-1333N/A
    South Central Area NASouth Central Area (Des Moines)NA(515) 244-2277N/A
    South East Iowa Area NASouth East Iowa Area (Iowa City, Coralville, Muscatine, Burlington, Ft Madison, Keokuk, Mt Pleasant)NA(800) 897-6242N/A
    South West Iowa Area NASouth West Iowa Area (Council Bluffs)NA(402) 660-3662N/A
    Waterloo/Cedar Falls IA AAWaterlooAA(319) 291-3627N/A

    For more FAQs visit our rehab FAQ page.