Bridges of Iowa Inc.

Bridges of Iowa Inc.


Bridges of Iowa Inc., located in Des Moines, Iowa, offers residential and sober living treatment to men and women struggling with addiction. The facility works specifically with individuals who are in the criminal justice system as a result of drug-related offenses. Bridges of Iowa is a faith-based, non-profit organization. The facility’s mission is to “address the root causes of addiction and criminality building a bridge to a productive life in service to society.”


The facility’s treatment program is based in Christian faith using the 12-steps. The treatment program involves three phases and runs for a length of one year. At the time of writing, 85% of the facility’s clients remained sober five years after treatment, 100% of clients were employed at program graduation, and 6% of clients returned to prison after completing the program.

In the first phase of treatment, clients at Bridges of Iowa receive education and programming based around the four manifestations defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM): biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. In the second phase of treatment, facility staff assist clients in improving their resumes, learning interview skills, and identifying potential employers. After program participants begin working, their paychecks are held in a trust managed by Bridges of Iowa. Clients also learn budgeting and financial management in phase two. Phase three of the treatment program involves transition into sober living, which offers clients a less structured environment in which to reintegrate into society.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. However, one alum surveyed by gave Bridges of Iowa a four out of five-star rating when asked whether facility staff are experienced and well-trained.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. One alum polled by gave Bridges of Iowa a four out of five-star rating for accommodations and amenities, a two-star rating for meals and nutrition, and a four-star rating for cleanliness.


At the time of this writing there has been one alum polled by The reviewer gave Bridges of Iowa good reviews and said she would recommend it to a friend or loved one seeking treatment. The anonymous client gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations and amenities, and two stars for meals and nutrition. She disagreed when asked if there were many counseling options to choose from, but agreed that facility staff are experienced and well-trained. She felt that a strength of the facility was that the program was faith-based when she completed treatment. She felt that the facility could improve upon their programming for family members of clients, the “safe program,” saying “its awful.” She also added that “They have completely changed this program now…Im not sure how I feel about it. They took the faith outta the program…and the 12 steps. But kept the awful safe program.”

On the facility’s Google page, there is an overall rating of 2.8 out of five stars based on nine total reviews.[1] Reviews are polarized, with several alumni giving five-star reviews, and others giving one-star reviews. Loved one of a client K.C., who gave five stars, expressed that she was happy her loved one had received treatment at Bridges of Iowa. She wrote, “it was a relief to know where they were and that they were SAFE. Strict rules and an empathetic staff that prevents enabling allow most clients to find their way.” R.P., an alum, did not agree with that viewpoint. She gave one star and wrote, “If I could give this facility zero stars, I would. This place is no place for a recovering addict who wants a sane, healthy environment.”


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its costs. However, an alum surveyed by gave the facility a three out of five-star rating when asked about the affordability of Bridges of Iowa. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding the cost of treatment.


Bridges of Iowa Inc. Reviews

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • When I went through the program it was a faith based program which allowed me to start a live as a Christian and i feel that is what has kept me clean and sober for 23 months. Thank you God. they have a program that is called the "safe program" for family members of addicts..its awful. The gentlemen that runs its..well..he sucks. They have completely changed this program now. I believe it is called Alps. With St. Gregory s. Im not sure how I feel about it. They took the faith outta the program...and the 12 steps. But kept the awful safe program..with that crap instructor.