Residential Substance Use Treatment Services

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Individuals entering a residential-based substance use treatment program need a safe place that will offer education, support, and encouragement to interrupt the cycle of addiction and develop the life skills necessary for productive, healthy lives. Community and Family Resources offers residential treatment opportunities and programming to help clients complete each step of the recovery process. Individualized treatment plans include group therapy, individual counseling, education, and recreation activities to help clients make the transition to a recovery-oriented lifestyle. 

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Adult Services

Community and Family Resources offers adult residential treatment programs in Fort Dodge, Des Moines, and Iowa City for individuals with substance use concerns. These programs are designed to meet the various needs of individuals who need a residential setting to be successful in addressing their substance use, mental health, and related concerns. While attending residential services, the clients live in a safe, drug-free, and gambling-free environment that allows them to address their identified needs.

Residential Treatment

At intake, clients complete a comprehensive assessment that aids them in identifying their physical, mental, and emotional needs; in building motivation for recovery; in identifying personal relapse dynamics; and in building recovery support. Recovery support includes building family relationships, examining vocational options, achieving spiritual goals, and identifying and using community resources. Clients participate in 50+ hours of programming each week with our trained clinical staff, which is designed to aid them in achieving their personal recovery goals.

Intensive Outpatient Program with Room

Individuals participate in 9 or more hours of programming each week.

Halfway House

Clients ready to leave primary residential care can enter our Halfway House level of care where they may gain additional personal freedom and more responsibility. Client recovery is reinforced and strengthened while they hold jobs and prepare to rejoin their families and communities. Individuals participate in 5 or more hours of programming each week.

Adolescent Services


The Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescent Recovery and Success (STARS) program, located in Fort Dodge, offers several individualized treatment options for adolescents and their families. A counselor meets with the client to determine the appropriate program intensity, treatment schedule, and expected length of treatment. Treatment topics include: substance use, emotional health, group exercises/activities, role playing, relationship building, and learning the recovery skills necessary to implement and maintain a recovery-based lifestyle.

Typically the residential portion of treatment lasts from 30-90 days and the outpatient group portion of treatment lasts 10-16 weeks and may be followed by aftercare. Adolescents are encouraged to attend 12 step meetings to further support their early recovery and help develop a recovery-based support network.

  • Residential Treatment: Adolescents participate in 50+ hours of programming each week.
  • Intensive Outpatient with Room: Adolescents participate in 20 or more hours of programming each week. Normal length of stay varies, but can last longer than 90 days.

While in treatment, the adolescent’s counselor will schedule individual and/or family sessions to review the adolescent’s and family’s progress in treatment, update/revise treatment plans, discuss discharge planning, answer questions, and discuss family concerns and/or referral options. A Teacher is on site to allow adolescents to explore their educational needs and continue classes while in treatment.