Bridges of Iowa offers hope and help to those suffering with addiction.

Our substance use disorder treatment program stands out from other facilities in many ways, beginning with a long-term, community-based approach. People do not fall into addiction and ruin their lives in 30 days, so it makes little sense to think these behaviors that are years in the making can be effectively changed with a 30-day program. Read More

Residential Treatment

The program begins with highly structured, supervised residential treatment that consists of:

    • Group therapy
    • One-on-one counseling
    • Health & Wellness
    • Community service
    • Support groups including AA/NA, SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery

Halfway House Treatment

The Middle Phase entails clients taking on more responsibility and accountability while also gaining more freedom. This is the part of the program where they become employed. In this phase we help clients with:

    • Resumes
    • Interviewing skills
    • Transportation
  • We work with a multitude of local employers to help clients:
    • Find a job
    • Maintain that Job
  • We administer trust accounts for all our clients that help:
    • Manage their money
    • Save money for graduation and becoming self-sustaining.
  • Bridges of Iowa accepts individuals directly into our halfway house treatment program. Participation in our high-intensity residential treatment is not required for admission into this level of care.

Outpatient Treatment

This last phase of our program is when clients move out of our residential facility and into their own living arrangements where they:

    • Continue their treatment in our outpatient program in the East Village which includes:
      • Weekly group therapy sessions
      • Monthly individual counseling sessions.
      • Compliance with weekly drug testing
    • Bridges of Iowa accepts individuals directly into our outpatient treatment program. Participation in our residential treatment is not required for outpatient admission.


Upon completion or graduation from our program, our clients are:

    • Clean and sober for nearly a year or more
    • Employed and contributing financially to a portion of their treatment costs
    • Participating in a sober support network through, family, friends,12-steps, church, and other groups.

It is obvious to see how our long-term continuum of care truly prepares them for success. 

We conduct bi-monthly graduation that include brief speeches from graduates and their families and conclude with a “crossing the bridge” ceremony.

    Paying For Treatment

    We accept Medicaid (with Managed Care Organizations Amerigroup, Iowa Total Care and Molina Healthcare starting in July 2023), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Beacon Health Options

    Our program is structured in three phases starting with intense, focused treatment and cognitive-behavioral change therapy. As clients progress, they become more accountable, earn more independence, find employment and learn to overcome obstacles such as transportation.  These first two phases occur in our facility, which is the unlocked West Wing of the Polk County Jail. Bridges clients at the West Wing are not incarcerated. They wear their own clothes, decorate their own rooms and go outside for regular breaks.  When clients progress to the third phase, which is largely outpatient care, they are employed, and they have secured safe living accommodations. The facility is not built around resort-like vistas with cushy accommodations. In fact, it is this austerity that allows BOI to reach hundreds of people every year who otherwise would not have access to addiction treatment. They would remain lost to their families, friends, and communities. 

    In the end, it’s not the amenities that help our clients make meaningful enduring change. It’s the warmth, compassion, experience, and knowledge of the Bridges staff who guide each person along their individualized journey to recovery that makes the difference. We truly care about our clients, and helping them cross over the bridge to a better life – to regain their health, reunite with their families, and return to productivity in the workplace.

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