Prelude Behavioral Services

Prelude Behavioral Services Iowa City Iowa

This supportive, homelike program is designed to help women prepare to rebuild their lives after recovery. Through a prescription of 12-step meetings, individual and group therapy, life skills education and vocational counseling, clients assume increasing responsibility for their addiction, their behavior and long-term recovery.


Prelude Behavioral Services is a CARF-accredited organization that provides substance abuse, gambling addiction, and mental health treatment services for adults throughout Iowa. Formerly known as MECCA, this location in Iowa City offers comprehensive residential and outpatient programming for individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Detox services are available on-site.


Provided in a safe and nurturing setting, highly personalized evidence-based residential treatment aims to treat both substance abuse and any co-occurring mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, according to the center’s website. Typically lasting from 20 to 40 days, the length of stay depends on clients’ progress. Graduates are highly encouraged to take advantage of Prelude’s support services, which can take place on a weekly or monthly basis.

Outpatient programming for adults, adolescents, and families, as well as for those seeking gambling addiction treatment is also available. Clients can expect to work with assigned counselors, and have access to individual and group sessions that focus on various topics. According to the facility’s website, individuals seeking gambling addiction treatment may qualify for up to four initial free services.

Case management, continuing care, transitional housing, and drug testing are also offered by Prelude. Other behavioral health services are offered next door to the main treatment center at a facility called Synchrony.


The center’s website notes the clinical team at Prelude Behavioral Services, including for facilities outside of Iowa City, consists of physicians, licensed nurses, certified substance abuse counselors, recovery assistants, licensed social workers, prevention specialists, and licensed mental health counselors.


Though information on living arrangements is currently limited, three reviewers polled by awarded four out of five stars for accommodations on average.


The three alumni surveyed by at the time of this writing provided positive reviews. They mentioned they would recommend the center and rated the center highly for treatment effectiveness.

Alum T.L. was appreciative of the “supportive” staff, and alum S.S. indicated that the facility gave them the “tools to get back on track” after a relapse. Former client Maria spoke highly of her experience. “They keep you busy, in groups all day.”

Elsewhere online to date, ratings from alumni are moderate. On the facility’s Facebook page, which it has the ability to edit, seven ratings averaged 3.7 out of five stars.[1] While former client Patrick gave five stars and noted “amazing staff,” Jay awarded the lowest rating of one star and wrote: “Wouldn’t recommend to anyone,” noting high prices for evaluations.

Additionally, there are 12 ratings on Google that averaged 3.2 out of five stars at the time of this writing, though many did not leave commentary.[2] Dan gave five stars and wrote: “Awesome folks and truly concerned for clients,” while James’s two-star review described the rehab as “28 days to hide from the world, it is what you make of it.” An additional disgruntled alum noted issues with medications and expressed that treatment was too short.


The one staff member who was polled by at the time of this writing left positive feedback. They noted they would recommend the center for friends and family. “I feel the counselors are very good about working with clients where they are in their individual motivation to change / enter recovery,” they wrote.

Ratings elsewhere online from employees are mostly positive. There are two four-star ratings and one for five out of five stars on Indeed to date. [3] “This is a fun place to work, but you need to be able to handle stress well and fast paced work,” one reviewer wrote, while another added, “Monthly meetings and annual training to keep up with business practices.”

Additionally, there are six ratings on Glassdoor to date that average 3.6 out of five stars, though several reviews are for different locations.[4] Those who served in Iowa City noted issues with communication, a lack of staff, and low pay.


According to the center’s website, Prelude Behavioral Services accepts Medicaid, private insurance, and self-pay, and financial staff are available to help determine insurance coverage and coordinate payment plans. Financial assistance is also available for those who qualify.


Prelude Behavioral Services Reviews

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  • You get what you pay for. Facilities are in disrepair and dirty, not enough counselors and is a center for younger and court appointed people.
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  • Supportive counseling but inexperienced staff. Its really not bad I enjoyed my stay
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  • They keep you busy, in groups all day. They have grief groups and men's/ women's groups. The nurse lead groups need to be updated. Sometimes we talked about the same thing over and over until I asked if we could have different groups, like ones that we could learn more about how drugs effect our body....I really like this program, they also had a detox so if your using and need to get away to detox than you can do that there. I live far away and wanted to detox but had no where to do it. At the time I was living in my van. I couldn't detox in my van! So I set up a date to come in for a 21-28 day treatment for heroin. I have not used since!
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  • I relapsed one month after leaving, but facility gave me the tools to get back on track.
    I feel the counselors are very good about working with clients where they are in their individual motivation to change and why he or she entered recovery. I also feel the staff is very qualified and professional. Some additional strengths of the facility are the client focus and counseling skills.