Our Program

Bridges of Iowa has a unique and comprehensive program structure which can be described in three distinct phases, the first two of which take place here in the West Wing of the Polk County Jail

Our Program

Bridges of Iowa has a unique and comprehensive program structure that can be described in the following three distinct phases. The first two phases are delivered in the unlocked West Wing of the Polk County Jail.  It is important to note that we lease this wing from Polk County and it is not part of the jail system. You are not incarcerated at Bridges of Iowa. We have our own entrance.  You wear your own clothes and go outside on regular breaks.  In every sense of the word, Bridges of Iowa is a substance use disorder treatment center similar to others you may be familiar with, though Bridges stands out in many ways. Bridges of Iowa provides the residential portion of its long-term program from a space that generously would be described as sparse and even bleak. But it’s not the décor, walls, and floors that define what Bridges delivers to hundreds of people seeking treatment for substance abuse and addiction every year. It’s the warmth, compassion, experience and knowledge of our staff that make the difference.  We truly care about our clients and want to see you be successful.

Residential Treatment

The Front End of the program is a 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 manage trust accounts for all our clients to help them:
    • 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.

Graduation

Upon completion or graduation from our program, our clients:

    • Have been clean and sober for nearly a year or more
    • Been employed and contributing financially to a small portion of their treatment costs
    • Have built 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 sets them up for success. 

  • We conduct bi-monthly graduation (Graduation ceremonies are currently on hold due to COVID-19) where we do a “crossing the bridge” ceremony.

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