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180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Waukee, Iowa 50263

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3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
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Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Powell Chemical Dependency Center

Powell Chemical Dependency Center, located at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, IA, is a safe and supportive setting where individuals can face their drug and alcohol abuse and learn to recover. Powell CDC allows individuals to work with their families and significant others to rebuild their lives and the lives of others affected by the uncertainty, pain, loss, helplessness and fear created by drug abuse.It is possible to live life substance free. We provide the highest quality drug and alcohol addiction treatment services in central Iowa.

What to expect from Powell CDC

Our purpose at Powell Chemical Dependency Center involves several important individual and community goals:

  • Provide the highest quality alcohol and drug addiction treatment in central Iowa
  • Teach the basic skills needed for recovery
  • Connect people with the best social supports needed to remain sober
  • Treat the whole person: body, mind, and spirit
  • Provide individualized treatment planning for every patient based on his or her own unique needs
  • Contribute positively to the Des Moines area and the treatment and recovery community of central Iowa
  • To continuously strive to meet these objectives

Quality through experience

Treatment and recovery from alcohol and drug abuse can begin at Powell Chemical Dependency Center. Since opening in 1973, Powell CDC has treated thousands of patients for alcoholism and addiction. Our dedicated staff of professionals continues to lead the field in providing alcohol and drug addiction services to individuals and their family members. Our highly-trained staff includes certified addiction counselors, masters and doctoral level clinicians, advanced addiction counselors and thoroughly qualified nurses and technicians. From our counselors to our medical team, the professional staff of Powell Chemical Dependency Center is specially trained, capable, and ready to help.


We know that sensitive issues can surround the use of alcohol and drugs and privacy is important to recovery. At Powell CDC we take this seriously and provide professional, competent, and confidential services.


Chemical dependency is a treatable illness. While many think of addiction and alcoholism as a personal or moral failing, research proves a different story. Addiction is a treatable condition of the brain, which has been created by an individual's choices to use or drink abusively. Often, it is related to genetics and family history, and left untreated, is chronic, progressive, and fatal. And yet, through abstinence and learning the skills necessary to begin and keep a new way of sober living, people can and do recover. Powell CDC will help you get there.

Here at Powell CDC we treat a wide variety of addictions. A few would be:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Prescription Stimulants
  • Heroin
  • Inhalants
  • Kratom
  • LSD
  • Marijuana 
  • MDMA 
  • Methamphetamine
  • Dextromethorphan (DXM)
  • PCP
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids

Services Offered

Alcoholism and substance abuse are treatable illnesses. Treatment and recovery can begin with the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines alcohol and substance abuse treatment services. We offer services to adults, 18 and older. Our alcohol and substance abuse treatment services are located at Iowa Lutheran Hospital.

Evaluation and Assessment

Individuals call to schedule a session to evaluate the seriousness of their substance abuse. Please call (515) 263-2424.


Detoxification takes place with strict medical supervision in a hospital setting.


Several treatment levels are offered: inpatient care in a hospital or residential setting, day treatment, evening outpatient or relapse specified outpatient. Patients move from one level of care to another, based on their clinical need. All treatment is provided by a skilled interdisciplinary staff team.

Family Program

Powell CDC provides a unique family treatment program for concerned persons who have been negatively affected by addiction. By understanding chemical dependency and receiving support, concerned persons can better cope with the stress special family dynamics often caused by addiction. Without treatment, family illness can continue to progress. Surprisingly, recovery for family members can occur even if the chemically dependent person keeps using. Please contact Teresa Furneaux at (515) 263-2429 for further information.

Continuing Care

Counselor-led therapy groups, peer support groups, individual therapy and co-dependency education.


Powell CDC offers eighteen, volunteer-led, aftercare growth groups with people in recovery to stay connected on a regular basis with others who are recovering too. Aftercare groups are held at Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Methodist West Hospital. Groups are available during the day and evening hours. Please contact Tom Swift or Cheryl Tharp at (515) 263-2422.

Education and Consultation

Public information, counselor education and internships. Please contact Teresa Furneaux at (515) 263-2429.

Powell is a complete abstinence based program. We ask patients and clients refrain from using any type of drugs and alcohol other than prescriptions that are non-addicting and not habit forming as well as any behavior that is additive or exhibits addicting behavior such as gambling as it can lead to relapse. For our in-patients who use tobacco products, they may be offered nicotine gum, nicotine patches, as well as referrals for smoking cessation as we strongly encourage patients to quit all tobacco products as well.

More questions? 

The dedicated, compassionate and caring staff at Powell Chemical Dependency Center is ready to discuss with you or someone you know any questions you have. For more information, call us at (515) 263-2424 or contact us online.