Alcohol Detox Center West Des Moines IA

Using a drug to treat addiction may seem ironic, but doctors say it can work. How? The drug blocks the brain receptor that may associate reward benefits with drinking. There are other drugs to help with alcohol addiction, but they have to be taken daily, and often with pretty harsh side effects like sweating, vomiting, and rapid heart beat.

MECCA Services
5525 Meredith Street, Suite C,
Des Moines, IA50311
(515) 262-0349
www.meccaservices.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Access to Recovery

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Specializing in DUI/DWI offenders

MECCA Services is a community-based, not-for-profit organization offering substance abuse and behavioral health services from eight locations in the primary service area of Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Polk, Warren, and Washington Counties.
MECCA programs and services span the entire treatment and prevention continuum. Our staff is committed to providing the best possible individualized care to our clients. MECCA is licensed by the Iowa Dept. of Public Health to provide substance abuse and problem gambling services and is accredited as a mental health care provider through the Iowa Dept. of Human Services.
Bridges of Iowa
1985 Northeast 51st Place,
Des Moines, IA50313
(515) 287-8255
www.bridgesofiowa.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Access to Recovery

Specializing in Men, Criminal justice clients

Mission Statement
Bridges of Iowa is a faith-based substance abuse treatment program which addresses the root causes of addiction and criminality building a bridge to a productive life in service to society.
The BOI Vision Statement
Graduates of the Bridges of Iowa program will live a transformed and successful life by remaining free from alcohol, drugs and crime. They will continue an individual spiritual journey and further develop a relationship with God. They will be successfully employed and contribute positively to their families and to the communities in which they live and work
United Community Services
4908 Franklin Avenue,
Des Moines, IA50310
(515) 280-3860
www.ucsonline.org

Hotline Phone Numbers: (515) 280-3860

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE), Access to Recovery

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Specializing in Women, Men, Criminal justice clients

United Community Services (UCS) is an Iowa-based non-profit corporation and is licensed by the State of Iowa to provide substance abuse treatment services. The current organization was incorporated on November 11, 1997. UCS is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and the day-to-day operations are managed by the Executive Director.
The mission of UCS is to provide quality care in a recovery focused system. Our vision is to provide care in partnership with persons served and in collaboration with the community to improve health and quality of life. Individuals served are the cornerstone of our business and clinical standards. Our relationship with them must be built upon honesty, credibility, professionalism, and mutual respect.
Our motto is: Recovery Begins with Hope.
Over the past three years, UCS has treated approximately 2,400 individuals for addiction. Services provided include: assessment, treatment planning, individual and group therapies and medication assisted treatment. Our staff is comprised of certified addiction counselors, three pharmacists and one physician who all work together to use various best practices and philosophies to tailor an effective plan for each individual client, as well as, family members in certain cases. Aftercare services are provided along with community resource referrals. Case management services provide financial, job, health and housing resources to clients.
Please contact United Community Services at 515-280-3860. UCS staff members will answer any questions you may have and provide assistance as needed.
Iowa Lutheran Hospital
Powell Chemical Dependency Center
700 East University Avenue, 4th Floor,
Des Moines, IA50316
(515) 263-2424
www.iowahealth.org/powell

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines provides coordinated clinic, hospital and home-based care for patients in Des Moines and Central Iowa.

We are led by nearly 290 physicians and providers working in more than 50 UnityPoint Clinic locations. They are supported by our state-of-the-art UnityPoint Health - Des Moines hospitals - Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Children's Hospital and Methodist West Hospital - and cancer center along with our home health care services, UnityPoint at Home.

Monthly Shot Could Help Fight Alcohol Addiction

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Monthly shot could help fight alcohol addiction

Kafi Drexel

Friday, February 08, 2008

It''s an uphill battle many alcoholics struggle with: resisting the craving to drink. While it''s certainly no cure, some doctors say a monthly shot could help more alcohol-dependent patients fight the urge.

“Vivitrol is an injectable form of a medicine known as Naltrexone. Naltrexone is available in oral form, but this is an injectable form, which is given to the patient once-a-month for several reasons: to increase compliance, so patients don''t have to worry about taking the pill; and it delivers a level of drug, which is really very adequate for dealing with alcohol issues,” says Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Dr. Steven Lamm.

Using a drug to treat addiction may seem ironic, but doctors say it can work. How? The drug blocks the brain receptor that may associate reward benefits with drinking. There are other drugs to help with alcohol addiction, but they have to be taken daily, and often with pretty harsh side effects like sweating, vomiting, and rapid heart beat.

Doctors say the once-a-month injectable cuts down on that. One patient says she wouldn''t call the shot a miracle drug, but it''s the only thing that''s helped her with 15 years of addiction.

“It''s been very helpful. I haven’t been drinking as much. I don''t drink every day. I used to before I took Vivitrol and when I do drink, I drink a lot less than I used to,” says the recovery alcoholic, who asked to remain anonymous.

While the shot doesn''t necessarily stop alcoholics from drinking, doctors say being able to dramatically reduce the amount of heavy drinking days for patients has a huge impact on physical and emotional health.

“Our belief has been that abstinence is the goal for alcoholism and I believe that myself, but at this point I am at least satisfied my patients are drinking significantly less,” says Dr. Lamm. “When they are drinking less there quality of life and t...

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