Prescription Drug Treatment in Iowa

Created On Thursday, 02, March 2017
Modified On Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Prescription drug addiction is a serious issue that has plagued Iowa and many other states in the country.

By prescription drugs, we mean medications that can only be dispensed or possessed legally with a valid prescription from a medical professional. Many people view these as a step toward illicit drug abuse, but prescription drug addiction is a problem all on its own. Residents who become addicted to them often seek out Iowa prescription drug treatment services to get their life back before they're lost.

Not all prescription drugs are commonly abused. But those that are can be extremely dangerous and can cause physical dependence. Physical dependence is a phenomenon that occurs when a person regularly consumes certain substances. These substances mimic naturally occurring chemicals and trick the body into thinking it no longer needs to supply them. This "chemical readjustment" is why the person will crave the drug and become physically ill when they don't have it. There is now an imbalance in their system, and they will experience drug withdrawal.

Thankfully, Iowa's prescription drug detoxes help people overcome the withdrawal symptoms associated with coming off these harsh chemical substances. A detox is a facility specializing in helping people get off drugs and manage the withdrawal symptoms that accompany this process. Withdrawal symptoms occur because of the imbalance that comes with stopping drugs when someone is dependent on them. They can be excruciating and usually are the opposite of the pleasant effects that the prescription drug produced. Detoxes are not treatment. Their focus is narrow but vital.

Once detox is completed, the person should enter treatment immediately. Waiting for any period before entering treatment greatly increases the risk of relapse. That's because the person hasn't yet learned the skills needed to maintain recovery.

Some detoxes are stand-alone facilities, but most are attached to or part of a treatment program, so this shouldn't be a problem.

After detox, there are many different options for prescription drug treatment. Bust, most of these, come down to a few main forms, such as traditional rehab. Traditional models have been saving lives for decades and are what most people think of when they imagine rehab. They are usually 28 days in length and are modeled around the twelve steps developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Traditional programs are usually inpatient and help people become drug-free.

Another good choice for treating prescription drug addiction is holistic treatment programs. Holistic drug treatment uses no unnecessary medications at any point of their program. They focus on health instead and breaking the dependence on chemical substances. This is done through exercise, nutrition, and, most importantly, intensive counseling. These programs aim to address the underlying reasons people begin using drugs, so after they leave treatment, they don't continue to turn to them to cope.

It should be noted that more and more programs are using prescription drugs to treat prescription drug addiction. Not only is this harmful because it reinforces the coping mechanism of using substances to deal with life, but it cannot truly be considered rehabilitation. If the person is now legally addicted to prescription drugs, has their life improved? Many who use these "quick-fix" programs receive outcomes equivalent to the work and effort put in.

Below, you will find a list of medical detox for Prescribed Medication addiction in Iowa. The list may be incomplete, so if you have a hard time finding the proper service, call one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Medical Detox for Prescription Drug Abuse in Iowa


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on November 9, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.