Who We Help

Bridges of Iowa offers a full range of substance-abuse treatment services targeted toward those with limited access to other options. Too often, the cycle of substance abuse leads to other problems such as legal involvement and homelessness that create a burden on individuals, their families, and their communities. Our goal for treatment is to prevent or to correct these issues so that our program particpants can live as successful, productive members of society.

We are located in the greater Des Moines area and primarily treat people located in central Iowa. We offer a full continuum of substance-abuse-treatment programming designed to help people at any stage of substance abuse or addiction. We also offer employment services including job placement and career-readiness training and support with financial management. Bridges of Iowa strives to provide the people in our program with the tools they need to lead better lives.

“About 90% of all prison inmates, regardless of the crime they are imprisoned for, misuse alcohol or other drugs. Studies have shown that substance use disorder (SUD) treatment reduces not only drug use but related crime as well. Iowans are safer when offenders returning to their communities have completed treatment.”

Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) from the 2019 Iowa Drug Control Policy


Our Program

The full Bridges of Iowa program can last as long as a year. The initial, concentrated substance-abuse portion of our program lasts roughly six weeks and participants focus on learning the skills needed to change their lives. From there, transitional housing and job placement programming allows people to transition back into society over the course of several months. Finally, ongoing outpatient treatment allows people to continue to check in on a regular basis as they return to their daily lives.

Substance-abuse Treatment

The Bridges of Iowa program is built on effective, evidence-based practices and interventions. We offer a full range of substance-abuse-treatment services that allows us to individualize program intensity based on client progress. As a result, we are able to customize treatment to meet the specific needs of program participants. The Bridges of Iowa treatment program has helped thousands of people and families in central Iowa. Call us today to find out how we can help you.

In addition to clinical services lead by certified treatment professionals, our program offers a range of auxilary services based on the recommendation from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) that addiction manifests in four dimensions, biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. Wellness education, exercise, and other physical activity help participants develop healthy lifestyle alternatives to substance use and help in repairing the body from long-term abuse. Participants also have the opportunity to leave the facility for community service in which they can practice using the skills that they are learning in clinical sessions while also realizing the importance of how their actions impact the broader community. We also provide the opportunity for program participants to engage spiritually and to grow in and deapen their practice of their faith tradition.

Transitional Living

Following intensive substance-abuse treatment, we offer transitional living that offers support needed for many in overcoming the barriers they face to reentry into society. Regular continued treatment focuses on learning to practice and to apply the skills learned previously in a real-life environment. A supervised living environment with regular drug testing provides accountability. Job placement and readiness training help people find stable employment with a living wage. Financial management and budgeting support help participants learn to manage their finances to build a positive future.

Outpatient Services

Our outpatient programming is designed to support people who have the skills needed to live and function in their daily lives but who need some regular check-in and support to ensure that they continue to grow and to thrive. Sessions occur between one and three times per week in the evenings and drug testing is also provided. The emphasis on outpatient programming is working through any specific barriers or challenges that participants face as they go about their regular lives.