Powell Chemical Dependency Center in Des Moines, IA

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700 East University Avenue
Des Moines IA 50315

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Areas of Specialization

Outpatient, Family Program

Facility Highlights

Anger Management
Individualized Treatment Planning
Crisis Management

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ABOUT POWELL CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY CENTER

Powell Chemical Dependency Center (CDC), located at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa offers inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment along with medically managed detoxification to adults struggling with alcohol and substance abuse addiction. A weekend outpatient program is also available. Powell CDC has been providing treatment since 1973, emphasizing to individuals that it is possible to live life substance-free.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Treatment at Powell CDC is voluntary and begins with a self-referral. After requesting an appointment via phone or online, clients undergo a comprehensive in-person evaluation and treatment planning session to place them at the appropriate level for treatment.

The facility offers inpatient treatment in a hospital or residential setting as well as various levels of outpatient care, including day treatment and evening or weekend sessions.

All programs are based on medical principles focused on rehabilitation and steady recovery. Emphasis is placed on teaching the skills required for sustainable recovery and preparing clients to make social networks that will assist in sobriety and develop connections in the community.

The facility also offers family counseling, community-based education, an alumni association, and continuing support for those who want to be a part of ongoing recovery groups.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The treatment team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and advanced alcohol and drug counselors along with master’s and Ph.D. level mental health counselors, chemical dependency techs, and clergy.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, three alumni polled at the time of this writing by Rehabs.com gave a mix of two, three, and five out of five stars for accommodations & amenities offered by the facility.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

At the time of this writing there have been four alumni polled by Rehabs.com. The alumni had mixed opinions of the facility with two alumni giving positive reviews and two leaving more neutral/negative reviews. One alum, C.D. gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations & amenities, and meals & nutrition while another anonymous alum gave these same metrics three stars each. The third alum only reviewed treatment effectiveness for which he gave five stars and the fourth gave four stars treatment effectiveness, two stars for accommodations & amenities, and three stars for meals & nutrition.

C.D. agreed that the facility strictly offered a faith-based program and that there were many counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference. The anonymous alum was neutral when asked if the facility was clean and well maintained; if the facility staff were experienced and well-trained; and if the treatment and services offered at the facility were worth the cost.

The third alum, Joel, had an overall positive experience at the facility giving five out of five stars for the quality of individual counseling and quality of group counseling he received. He gave the facility an overall score of five stars and wrote, “I am so thankful to Powell and the staff for what they did for me.” C.D. also added, “This program saved my life. The staff is awesome and treats its patients with respect. Nice facility with great medical and psyche staff. Highly recommended.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

At the time of this writing there have been two friends or family members polled by Rehabs.com. The loved ones gave generally positive feedback regarding the facility. One anonymous family member gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, three stars for accommodations & amenities, and four stars for meals & nutrition. The second anonymous loved one gave four stars for treatment effectiveness, three stars for accommodations & amenities, and four stars for meals & nutrition.

Both loved ones agreed that the facility was adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders and that the facility staff were experienced and well-trained. The first alum was neutral when asked if family and loved ones were able to participate in treatment through facility programming but the second loved one agreed with this statement.

Both respondents felt that a strength of the facility was friendly and caring staff/counselors. The first loved one felt that the facility could improve upon how often family members are allowed to visit the clients. Overall, both individuals strongly agreed that they would recommend this facility to a friend or loved one who was considering rehab.

FINANCING

The cost of treatment at the facility is not published but they do accept Medicare, Medicaid, military insurance, private insurance, along with self-pay clients. Financial assistance is available to those in need through UnityPoint Health, which is part of the Powell Chemical Dependency Center.

Published on August 2017

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A 7-14 day inpatient program that tried to hold me for 30 days inpatient because of my insurance. It's a good program but I think they allow the business side of the program interfere with the actual treatment.

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Good counselors. Friendly yet firm staff. Understanding staff

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A caring team dedicated to helping my mother recover. I didn't see her as much as I would have liked. My mother recieved the help she needed. Sadly it wasn't lasting help because she is back to her old ways.

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There was both in patient and out patient treatment for alcohol and drugs but too many counselors

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Strengths: Strong direction towards AA and NA. Great staff. Great compasion for patients needs. Weaknesses: Size of facility. This program saved my life. The staff is awesome and treats its patients with respect. Nice facility with great medical and psyche staff. Highly recommended

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I am so thankful to Powell and the staff for what they did for me, I only wish I would have followed the advice they gave to me just a little more closely and I probably would still have the same sobriety date. Knock on wood that I won't have to change it again. I relapsed 4 years after leaving the facility because I made the decision to stop doing what I knew I needed to do to stay sober

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