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Powell Chemical Dependency Center

700 East University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50316
Powell Chemical Dependency Center of Iowa Lutheran Hospital provides treatment services for adults and adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse. Individualized treatment options geared toward healing mind, body and spirit include assessment, medically supervised detoxification, residential and outpatient programs, along with aftercare and recovery skills training designed to support long-term abstinence.

Facility Highlights

  • Detoxification
  • Holistic Approach
  • Medication Management


  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
  • Outpatient

    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

Meet the Staff

  • Kimberly Brangoccio
    Kimberly BrangoccioClinical Supervisor
    Kimberly Brangoccio is our clinical supervisor and brings a wealth of experience in guiding successful substance abuse treatment programs. Kim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and an Advanced Chemical Dependency Counselor with 30 years of experience. She has been in Des Moines for 16 years and lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA and eastern Iowa prior to that. She is very involved in church and also enjoys running, swimming and entertaining in her leisure time. She is married and has a son and daughter.
  • Deb Gomez
    Deb GomezCounselor
    Deb Gomez has worked in the addiction field since 1989. She began as a counselor at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services in Davenport, Iowa, working with adults in an outpatient setting, and then as the case manager in a women's program. She joined Powell CDC in March of 1999, as an evening outpatient counselor, then as a family counselor. She has been a day treatment counselor since 2002 working with outpatient and residential patients. Deb has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Upper Iowa, and an Associate of Arts Degree from Mary Crest College in Davenport, and she is an advanced certified alcohol and drug counselor (ACADC) in Iowa.

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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 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 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 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 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

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