Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Des Moines IA

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

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.

The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

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The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

Cindy Weir

Friday, September 14, 2007 I have read many articles on the subject of alcoholism and AA. Most are full of misinformation, misunderstanding and untruth. This is my attempt, as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, to help you understand this cunning, baffling and powerful disease and how AA helps us live sober, one day at a time.

The disease of alcoholism, (yes, it's a disease), is a threefold illness- physical, mental and spiritual. There is no cure for alcoholism. What we have is recovery and discovery. It is not a program of self-improvement of self-help. It is a program of self-discovery.

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

The first aspect of the disease is physical. An alcoholic processes alcohol differently than the "normal" drinker. Of course the term normal includes all ranges of drinkers. But only the alcoholic develops what is known as the phenomenon of craving. In essence, an alcoholic is allergic to alcohol. This allergy manifests itself in this craving making it impossible for us to stop drinking. It is the FIRST drink that gets us drunk, not the last. When one drink is ingested it sets off this phenomenon of craving and makes us want more and more and more. We do not stop until we pass out, black out, go to jail, experience many consequences, and/or die.

The mental obsession is the second aspect of the disease of alcoholism. This obsession crowds out all other thoughts, including the reminders of all the pain, heartache, injury or other consequence that we have experienced. The disease of alcoholism centers in the mind. Therefore, the mind of the alcoholic cannot differentiate between the true and the false. We have just as much a thinking problem as we do a drinking problem.

If these two aspects sound grim, that is because they are what leads us to the desperation, futility and hopelessness that we feel while we are in the throes of the disease. We are either drinking, or we are thinking about drinking. Either way, we have no positive results.

This leads us to the third aspect of alcoholism- the spiritual. An alcoholic must experience an entire psychic change to overcome the physical and mental parts of our disease. There is a "black hole" that we feel and all we know to do is fill it with alcohol. Yet alcohol is only a symptom, our temporary solution to help us not have to feel. We self-medicate, and once we put any form of alcohol, including some in pill form, we set off this allergy/phenomenon of craving and we are gone. And, when we are not drinking, all we can do is obsess over the next drink- when and how we're going to get it. It is a vicious, never-ending cycle which leaves t...

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