How to find rehab in Iowa - Withdrawal

How to find rehab in Iowa

Finding detox in Iowa can be difficult. Here's everything you need to know about IA rehab options and how to find local treatment as soon as possible.


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    Types of rehab in Iowa

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    How to pay for detox in Iowa

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    State-funded-rehab in Iowa


In a sign of the toll that addiction can take across America, the state of Iowa saw more than 130 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2018, according to the Iowa Department of Health[1]. Also, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that excessive drinking of alcohol costs 775 deaths in Iowa per year.[2]

Substance abuse not only costs human lives, it can wreck careers and pull families apart. American Addiction Centers are ready to help Iowans confront their substance abuse problem. Our facilities provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to patients with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.[3]

Whether you are need treatment or are helping a loved one with an addiction problem, this page helps you learn the differences between types of treatment services, options for payment, and how to find the best program that meets your needs in Iowa.

Withdrawal Treatment Types in Idaho

Many addiction programs begin with detox and withdrawal treatment, continue with inpatient care, and often include outpatient care, all depending on the severity and nature of your substance abuse problem.

“Detox,” or detoxification treatment, involves the safe clearance of drugs or alcohol from the body and can last up to several weeks. For people with extensive addictions, the withdrawal and detox period can lead to uncomfortable and even dangerous symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, nausea, and aching muscles. In severe cases, people may experience delirium tremens (DTs), lasting from 2-3 days to a week and sometimes bring on a stroke or heart attack.[4] Consequently, detox treatment emphasizes safe physical stabilization under medical supervision before encouraging patients to advance to a long-term addiction therapy program.

Inpatient and outpatient treatment offer two different approaches to therapy. Inpatient treatment seeks to establish 24-7 medical stabilization and can last between 1 and 3 months. Inpatient settings require the patient to reside on-site and follow the facility’s programming, which may include group therapy, one-on-one sessions, or other therapies.

Outpatient treatment emphasizes continued care, helping people sustain healthier habits and coping mechanisms to return to their normal lives. Rather than staying in a residential setting, the client resumes their routines while attending weekly therapy sessions. Outpatient treatment can help people who may not be able to suspend work obligations or family responsibilities temporarily.

This table from 2018 shows how Iowa has 167 facilities that offer different types of treatment. Experts find that the longer patients stay in treatment, the more effective the programs will be in the long run.

Type of Care, by number and percent
Facilities
No. %
Outpatient 155 92.81%
Regular 149 89.22%
Intensive 96 57.49%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 20 11.98%
Detoxification 12 7.19%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 25 14.97%
Residential (non-hospital) 33 19.76%
Short Term 29 17.37%
Long Term 28 16.77%
Detoxification 8 4.79%
Hospital Inpatient 7 4.19%
Treatment 4 2.40%
Detoxification 7 4.19%
Total 167 100.00%

Paying for Withdrawal Treatment in Iowa

The National Institute of Health projected that addiction treatment spending in the United States would reach $42 billion in 2020.[5] That is only a fraction of the $740 billion annual toll of U.S. tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse, but it can pay off: Some studies estimate that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs sees a return of $4-$7 in reduced drug-related crime and criminal justice costs.[6]

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Iowa expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, giving more residents access to health insurance.[7] Nevertheless, treatment can be expensive, including care from licensed medical professionals, on-site room and board, medications, and staff supervision.

Paying for treatment can be the biggest concern for people who need to attend rehab or detox. Before you choose a provider to ensure that the facility will suit your treatment needs, determine whether to attend a state-funded facility or a privately owned one. Then decide on the best payment plan for you.

Private and State-Funded Treatment in Iowa

Private addiction treatment facilities are typically supported by patients with either personal financial means or employer-based health insurance that can cover the costs. These programs generally have higher quality services, can have a higher ratio of staff to patients, and are less likely to have the limitations of some government or state-funded programs.

State and government-funded treatment programs may be more accessible to those who do not have private insurance or personal funds for private treatment. These facilities often accept patients on an as-needed basis as they may not have the capacity for new clients at a given time. Consequently, clients with the most severe addictions usually receive treatment first, while others may be placed on a waitlist. The accessibility issue with government programs can make private programs preferable for many patients.

This table breaks down the number of Iowa treatment facilities by whether they are private non-profit, private for-profit, locally-funded, or federally-funded.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
Facilities
No. %
Private Non-Profit 128 76.65%
Private for Profit 31 18.56%
Local, county, or community government 2 1.20%
State government 2 1.20%
Federal Government 2 1.20%
Tribal Government 2 1.20%
Total 167 100.00%

American Addiction Centers Accepts Private Insurance

At American Addiction Centers we know that treatment costs and the ability to pay are major factors in your decision to seek help. We consult with insurance companies across the country to help people access affordable treatment and overcome their addictions. We offer you resources to instantly verify your insurance benefits before you call to help you decide in a timely manner. We also operate a confidential helpline and have treatment facilities across the nation to make sure you can find the closest possible option.

Withdrawal Treatment Payment Options in Iowa

Spending on drug treatment through private insurance has stayed mostly stable in recent years. Total alcohol and other drug treatment spending in the country has declined since 1986, when private insurance contributed nearly 30 percent to substance abuse treatment.[8] The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a mandate that insurance plans cover substance use disorder treatment, but not everyone can afford a plan through the ACA Marketplace.[9]

In 2019 the Health Access Survey found that 4.7 percent of Iowans had no health insurance. [10]. Seeking treatment without health insurance can seem challenging but should not stop people from attempting to find help.

This table breaks down the typical payment methods used and shows how many Iowa facilities accept each payment type.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 163 97.60%
Private Health Insurance 148 88.62%
Medicare 41 24.55%
Medicaid 147 88.02%
State-financed Health insurance 119 71.26%
Federal military insurance 74 44.31%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 2 1.20%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 6 3.59%
Other payments 0 0.00%
Sliding fee scale 116 69.46%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 71 42.51%
Total 167 100.00%

The table above shows that 148 of the 187 total treatment facilities in Iowa accept private insurance, while 163 accept cash or self-payment as well. At least 119 of the 187 accept state-financed health insurance and 74 work with federal military insurance plans. Lacking a private insurance plan could limit your options, but don’t let that stop you from seeking the help you need, as some treatment facilities offer assistance programs.

Withdrawal Treatment Center Accreditations in Iowa

After figuring out the level of care you need and the provider that best suits your payment method, you may want to review the treatment facilities’ accreditation under your consideration. Accreditation means that a facility has undergone evaluations that reveal its quality standards in client care, based on such factors as long-term effectiveness of treatment and patient satisfaction.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF, provides accreditation to operators worldwide at the request of health providers, including 87 in Iowa. In addition to the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (also known as the Joint Commission) has been providing accreditation to treatment centers in Iowa for decades.[11]

The Iowa Board of Certification promotes standards and a code of ethics for professionals to improve service quality in such areas as addiction and behavioral health.[12]

This table identifies the typical accreditations along with the number of facilities who hold each type:

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 166 99.40%
State substance abuse agency 132 79.04%
State mental health department 53 31.74%
State department of health 133 79.64%
Hospital licensing authority 8 4.79%
The Joint Commission 15 8.98%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 87 52.10%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 1 0.60%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 11 6.59%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 0 0.00%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 4 2.40%
Total 167 100.00%

No matter the type of treatment you need or how you plan to pay for it, many reputable providers with accreditations serve the state of Iowa.

Find Withdrawal Treatment in Iowa Today

A 2013 report from Trust For America’s Health found that only 1 in 10 people with a substance abuse disorder receives treatment in the United States.[13] You can be one of those who take action against addiction. When looking for withdrawal treatment in Iowa, consider one of our facilities.

American Addiction Centers provides detox and all forms of treatment across the country while being dedicated to addressing any co-occurring mental disorders that may impact your addiction. We operate a free and confidential helpline, where our team members can help you get the information you need to start you on the road to recovery. Call 1-888-935-1318. If you need help, don’t delay.


[1] “Opioids Taking Scores of Iowan Lives Each Year.” Des Moines Register.
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/health/2019/12/02/narcan-naloxone-iowa-opioid-crisis-overdoses-responses/2588043001/
[2] “Iowa: Excessive Alcohol Use.” Centers for Disease Control. https://www.cdc.gov/psr/2013/alcohol/2013/IA-alcohol.pdf
[3] “Mission Statement, American Addiction Centers. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/about-us
[4] “What is Alcohol Withdrawal?” WebMD, WebMD.com. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/alcohol-withdrawal-symptoms-treatments#1.
[5] Health Aff, “Despite Resources From the ACA, Most States Do Little to Help Addiction Treatment Programs Implement Health Care Reform,” U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, May 2015. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4706741/
[6] “Is Drug Addiction Treatment Worth Its Cost?” National Institute on Drug Abuse, January 2018.
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/drug-addiction-treatment-worth-its-cost
[7] “Iowa and the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion.” HealthInsurance.Org. https://www.healthinsurance.org/iowa-medicaid/
[8] Maureen T. Stuart and Constance M. Horgan, “Health Services and Financing of Treatment,” Alcohol Research & Health, 2011, 33(4), 389-394. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3860539/
[9] “Mental Health & Substance Abuse Coverage,” HealthCare.gov, https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/mental-health-substance-abuse-coverage/

[10] “Iowa: Health Coverage and Uninsured.” Kaiser Family Foundation. https://www.kff.org/state-category/health-coverage-uninsured/?state=IA
[11] “Evolving With Care,” The Joint Commission, https://www.jointcommission.org/
[12] “About Us.” Iowa Board of Certification. https://www.iowabc.org/about
[13] “Prescription Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic.” Trust For America’s Health, https://www.tfah.org/report-details/prescription-drug-abuse-strategies-to-stop-the-epidemic/