Outpatient Substance Use Treatment Services

Outpatient services focus on integrating people back into their families, jobs, and communities following residential treatment. Outpatient treatment is also available for individuals not requiring the intensive level of service offered in a residential/inpatient setting. This treatment format allows individuals to live at home, to work, and to care for themselves and their family while receiving support in remaining drug and alcohol free. Substance use disorders affect the whole family in very destructive ways. The cycle must be broken before recovery is possible.

Community and Family Resources’ outpatient programming offers several treatment options to meet individual needs, goals, and objectives. Each treatment option/track offers a mixture of individual counseling, group counseling, random drug screens, and opportunities for family participation and support. Clients referred to outpatient treatment will develop their own individualized treatment plan which guides their treatment and helps promote a positive treatment outcome. Clients move from one level of care to another based on their clinical need. All treatment services are provided by skilled professionals.

Same Day Access Hours

Adult Services
Evaluation and Assessment

Individuals may call to schedule a session for a comprehensive and confidential substance use evalualation. Same-day evaluations are available at our Fort Dodge, Ames, Des Moines, and Iowa City Outpatient offices. Family members and other concerned persons may call Community and Family Resources for help; referrals may also be made by physicians, healthcare workers, social service workers, or employers. Community and Family Resources is also a provider of mandatory OWI evaluations when required by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Evaluations are conducted by professional counselors and consider the individual’s physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral conditions, as well as family information and addiction related concerns. Upon completion of the evaluation, the extent of the potential problem with substances, gambling, and/or mental health is shared with the individual and effective treatment options are explored. Referrals are then made to the most appropriate level of service at Community and Family Resources or to other community resources when needed.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Extended Outpatient (EOP) Programs
These counselor-led therapy groups use various curriculums that explore early recovery skills, relapse prevention, and include a family education component. Topics include triggers, thought stopping, boredom, trust, stress reduction, emotional health, and compulsive behaviors. Counselors explore with individuals the possible changes to make to reduce or eliminate further problems and how to maintain those changes after leaving treatment.

Specialty areas include:

  • Gender Specific Programming
  • Integrated Co-Occurring Services (Mental Health, Substance Use, and/or Problem Gambling Services)
  • Anger Management
  • OWI Programming for Residential Correctional Facility clients (321J)
  • Jail Based Programming
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Continuing Care (CC)

These counselor-led therapy groups and individual sessions focus on relapse prevention skills. Statistics prove the longer one is engaged in treatment, the more successful they are at maintaining recovery.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT combines prescription medications with counseling in order to treat substance use disorders (primarily for alcohol or opioids). Research has demonstrated that this treatment combination can assist in achieving and maintaining recovery. CFR offers counseling treatment programs, and MAT prescription medication is available in Iowa City and in Fort Dodge, Ames, and Des Moines through a partnership with UCS Healthcare.

Adolescent Services

Community and Family Resources offers several treatment options for adolescents with substance use disorders, as well as services for their families. Our Adolescent Counselors meet with the adolescent and his/her family to discuss the appropriate program intensity, treatment schedule, and expected length of treatment. Treatment topics include: substance use/mental health disorder education, emotional health, group exercises/activities, role playing, relationship building, and learning the recovery skills necessary to implement and maintain a recovery-based lifestyle.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

This program track offers 6 hours of group services per week and is 12 weeks in length.

Extended Outpatient Program (EOP)

This program track offers 4 hours of group services per week and is approximately 6 weeks in length.