Prelude Behavioral Services in Iowa City, IA

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(4.3 of 5)
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430 Southgate Ave.
Iowa City IA 52240

Prelude Behavioral Services Philosophy

This supportive, homelike program is designed to help women prepare to rebuild their lives after recovery. Through a prescription of 12-step meetings, individual and group therapy, life skills education and vocational counseling, clients assume increasing responsibility for their addiction, their behavior and long-term recovery.

Areas of Specialization

  • Educational and Vocational Skills
    Through sobriety and abstinence from drugs, these women desiring recovery will enhance their educational and vocational skills to better their lives. By doing so, they will also improve their alcohol and drug related challenges such as parenting, homemaking, nutrition, comparison-shopping, job interviewing and searches, family of origin and self esteem issues, physical and sexual abuse, grief and loss, spirituality, relationships, physical and mental health concerns, and financial budgeting.

  • Discharge Planning
    Discharge planning from the Bernie Lorenz Recovery program begins upon admission. Counselors assist the women in arranging appropriate living accommodations, developing a budget, establishing structure for their daily schedule and support system, and enrolling in a continuing care program to strengthen their quality of life and their abstinence from chemicals.

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Prelude Behavioral Services is a CARF-accredited organization that provides substance abuse, gambling addiction, and mental health treatment services for adults throughout Iowa. Formerly known as MECCA, this location in Iowa City offers comprehensive residential and outpatient programming for individuals struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues. Detox services are available on-site.


Provided in a safe and nurturing setting, highly personalized evidence-based residential treatment aims to treat both substance abuse and any co-occurring mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, according to the center’s website. Typically lasting from 20 to 40 days, the length of stay depends on clients’ progress. Graduates are highly encouraged to take advantage of Prelude's support services, which can take place on a weekly or monthly basis.

Outpatient programming for adults, adolescents, and families, as well as for those seeking gambling addiction treatment is also available. Clients can expect to work with assigned counselors, and have access to individual and group sessions that focus on various topics. According to the facility's website, individuals seeking gambling addiction treatment may qualify for up to four initial free services.

Other behavioral health services are offered next door to the main treatment center at a facility called Synchrony.


The center’s website notes the clinical team at Prelude Behavioral Services, including for facilities outside of Iowa City, consists of physicians, licensed nurses, certified substance abuse counselors, recovery assistants, licensed social workers, prevention specialists, and licensed mental health counselors.


Though information on the living arrangements is currently limited, three reviewers polled by awarded four-star ratings for accommodations on average.


To date, the five alumni who were surveyed by at the time of this writing provided positive reviews. They mentioned they would recommend the center, and rated the center highly for treatment effectiveness.

Alum T.L. was appreciative of the "supportive" staff, and alum S.S. indicated that the facility gave them the "tools to get back on track" after a relapse.

Former client Maria spoke highly of the one-on-one counseling, educational classes, and arts therapy programming. “They use different tools to help inspire you in different areas,” she wrote. “You go to classes and learn a lot about yourself.”


The one staff member who was polled by at the time of this writing left positive feedback. They noted they would recommend the center for friends and family.

“I feel the counselors are very good about working with clients where they are in their individual motivation to change / enter recovery,” they wrote.


According to the center’s website, Prelude Behavioral Services accepts Medicaid, insurance, and self-pay, and financial staff are available to help determine insurance coverage and coordinate payment plans.

Updated March 2017

Published on May 2016

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Supportive counseling but inexperienced staff. Its really not bad I enjoyed my stay

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They keep you busy, in groups all day. They have grief groups and men's/ women's groups. The nurse lead groups need to be updated. Sometimes we talked about the same thing over and over until I asked if we could have different groups, like ones that we could learn more about how drugs effect our body....I really like this program, they also had a detox so if your using and need to get away to detox than you can do that there. I live far away and wanted to detox but had no where to do it. At the time I was living in my van. I couldn't detox in my van! So I set up a date to come in for a 21-28 day treatment for heroin. I have not used since!

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I relapsed one month after leaving, but facility gave me the tools to get back on track.

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I feel the counselors are very good about working with clients where they are in their individual motivation to change and why he or she entered recovery. I also feel the staff is very qualified and professional. Some additional strengths of the facility are the client focus and counseling skills.

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