Iowa Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts


An addiction to alcohol or drugs can ruin your life, and often professional help is the only way to completely conquer a drug abuse problem. A variety of addiction treatment programs and treatment providers are available that offer help to those with a drug or alcohol addiction in overcoming the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. 

Throughout Iowa, substance abuse has become a rampant problem, as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that more than two percent of all adults in the state abuse illicit drugs and over eight percent are dependent on alcohol. Alcohol abuse is a leading cause of death in the United States today. If you or a loved one falls into either of these drug use categories, learning more about your treatment options can help you set a course to addiction recovery.

Rehab Centers Type & Length of Care

Long-Term Treatment Programs (90-Day)

Individuals who seek treatment from a long-term inpatient program receive 24-hour-a-day care and support in a group-oriented residential setting. Typically after completing a detoxification program, these patients reside at the facility and receive group and individual counseling. Long-term treatment facilities emphasize the need for resocialization and the development of personal responsibility in order to overcome psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol.

Short-Term Treatment Centers (28 / 30 Day)

Utilizing similar community-based residential settings as long-term recovery programs, short-term facilities offer a more intensive treatment regime that is based on the principles of the 12-step approach. Following the end of inpatient treatment, many short-term programs help patients transition into a longer-term outpatient program that can help reduce the potential for relapse.

Outpatient vs. Inpatient Rehab Centers

Outpatient programs are often aimed at those who cannot attend an inpatient drug rehab program due to school or work commitments as well as those who have already completed an inpatient program and need ongoing support. 

Partial hospitalization programs offer the most intensive outpatient treatment, with as much as 20 hours per week spent in group and individual counseling. Intensive outpatient programs are generally more flexible, with nine to 12 hours of weekly counseling sessions.

Residential Treatment Services


For many, their substance abuse problem is driven partially by a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol, and a detoxification program can help these individuals as the first step in addiction treatment. Suddenly stopping the use of drugs or alcohol can lead to extremely painful and potentially dangerous side-effects including death. 

Through what is known as medical managed withdrawal, physicians can administer medications such as Methadone, Naltrexone, or Suboxone that help control the symptoms of physical withdrawal. Since these detoxification programs will not be able to address any psychological aspects of addition, detox is almost always accompanied by further comprehensive addiction treatment.

Sober-living house

Following the completion of an inpatient drug treatment program, many recovering addicts find that they are not yet equipped to return to their home environment. Perhaps they do not have a sufficient support system, or they believe that they need more ongoing support to avoid challenges to their sobriety. 

Sober-living houses can provide the bridge that these addicts in recovery need between an inpatient program and home. While not recovery centers themselves, sober-living houses provide a supportive aftercare environment from which to attend outpatient treatment.

Dual diagnosis

Many who struggle with substance abuse face a mental health diagnosis at the same time. For these individuals, dual diagnosis programs exist that can treat co-occurring disorders of drug addiction and mental illness simultaneously. 

Typically provided by inpatient rehabilitation centers, dual diagnosis treatment combines therapy and medication to address mental illness with counseling for addiction. Mental health, or behavioral health, is a critical component of not just dual diagnosis rehab programs, but all substance use and alcohol rehab programs.  Substance use disorders often escape mechanisms for underlying psychological needs. 

Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs

Recent reports released by the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy reveal that heroin and prescription drug overdoses are on the rise in the state as is the use of methamphetamine. A study conducted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy found that marijuana is most common reason that Iowans seek professional drug treatment, followed by methamphetamine and other stimulants.


Seeking professional help may be the key to saving yourself or your loved one from the ongoing effects of a substance abuse problem, and the best time to begin your addiction treatment process is today. Since many people who abuse drugs and alcohol find their addictive behaviors are reinforced by peers and a familiar environment, attending an addiction rehabilitation program far from home can prove to be more effective. 

Treatment centers may be found in the following locations:  Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Iowa City, Davenport, Council Bluffs, St. Gregory, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Burlington, and Dubuque. Ways to pay include self-pay, insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, and other options. Recovery service centers are often orient towards individual needs gender specific (e.g. women only).  

If you are an Iowa resident who would like to find out more about your options for a high quality drug or alcohol treatment, please reach out to us today for immediate help.