Powell Chemical Dependency Center

Powell Chemical Dependency Center


Powell Chemical Dependency Center (CDC), located at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa offers inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment to adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health concerns. The facility is also one of just 10 (6.1 percent) treatment facilities to offer medically managed detoxification services available on-site. A weekend outpatient program is also available. Powell CDC has been providing treatment since 1973.


Treatment at Powell CDC is voluntary and begins with a self-referral. After requesting an appointment via phone or online, clients undergo a comprehensive in-person evaluation and treatment planning session to place them at the appropriate level for treatment.

The facility offers inpatient treatment in a hospital or residential setting, as well as various levels of outpatient care, including day treatment and evening or weekend sessions. Emphasis is placed on teaching the skills required for sustainable recovery and preparing clients to make social networks that will assist in sobriety.

To that end, clients may participate in individual and group counseling sessions, educational classes, coping skills workshops, and may be introduced to community-based fellowships, such as 12-Step. Medication management may also be available to dually diagnosed clients, and clients may also meet with clergy for spiritual guidance and counseling.

The facility also offers family counseling, community-based education, an alumni association, and continuing support for those who want to be a part of ongoing recovery groups.

Once a client completes residential care, clinicians may encourage individuals to “step-down” to a less-intensive level of care as part of their continuum of care.


CDC’s treatment team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and advanced alcohol and drug counselors, along with master’s and Ph.D.-level mental health counselors, chemical dependency techs, and clergy. In Iowa, 99.3 percent of all substance abuse treatment centers have higher education requirements for staff. Of the 12 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date, the four survey respondents polled on the matter generally approved of the staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 3.5/5


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the five survey respondents polled on the matter felt the quality of facilities could improve.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 2.8/5


At the time of this writing, there have been 10 alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com, and they provided mostly positive feedback. Joel had an overall positive experience at the facility, giving five out of five stars for the quality of individual counseling and quality of group counseling he received. “I am so thankful to Powell and the staff for what they did for me,” Joel wrote. Alum C.D. added: “This program saved my life. The staff is awesome and treats its patients with respect. Nice facility with great medical and psyche staff. Highly recommended.”

Khatrina, on the other hand, expressed frustration that none of the treatment staff had experienced addiction themselves. Still, another anonymous former client wrote, “Good program. good counselors,” and Regina cited “counselors, rules, groups, one on one meetings, activities and church” as facility strengths.

As of this writing on Google, four individuals each provided five out of five stars for this facility, with no written feedback.[1] Likewise, 12 users provided a perfect five-star rating on Facebook, where the facility can manage the page’s content.[2] In a representative review, M.C.M. wrote: “The best staff anyone could ever even hope for… truly caring and compassionate.”


At the time of this writing, there have been two friends or family members polled by Best-rehabs.com who gave generally positive feedback. Both individuals agreed that the facility was adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health concerns, offering four- and five-star ratings for the survey metric.

Both respondents also felt that the staff were a strength of the facility. “A caring team dedicated to helping my mother recover,” one loved one wrote, while the other added: “Good counselors. Friendly yet firm staff.” While one survey respondent felt visitor policies could improve, both individuals strongly agreed that they would recommend this facility to others, offering five-star ratings for this metric.


Powell Chemical Dependency Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, military insurance, private insurance, along with self-pay clients. Financial assistance is available to those in need through UnityPoint Health, which is part of the Powell Chemical Dependency Center. The four individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com concerning the facility’s cost offered moderate opinions.

Affordability: 3.3/5

[1] GoogleReviews

[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/Powellcdc/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Powell Chemical Dependency Center Reviews

good program. good counselors.
waste of time.
Staff really cared about each individual. Very perceptive and effective treatment plan. The aftercare was good as well.
This facility does not have even one counselor including the man who runs it that has ever had any kind of addiction themselves. I as a recovering addict can relate to one better that actually understands and has been through similar not who is just book educated on it.
I've been sober almost 3 years now. This treatment center helped me learn the tool coping methods and everything I needed. I have my self esteem back. Strengths included: counselors, rules, groups, one on one meetings, activities and church.