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Prairie Ridge, established in 1969, is a private non-profit dedicated to alcohol and drug treatment. While its main facility is in Mason City, Iowa, there are outreach offices in Algona, Hampton, Charles City and Forest City. Prairie Ridge offers a variety of outpatient and inpatient options, including gender-segregated residential programs.

Accommodations and Food

Prairie Ridge’s male and female facilities are a short distance from each other on the same campus in Mason City, all surrounded by foliage, tree-lined walking trails and peaceful prairies. With 30 beds each in double-occupancy rooms, both residences are furnished professionally but comfortably. Each resembles a college dorm with communal areas (with TVs), living rooms, seating areas and bedrooms with attached bathrooms. Each facility also has a kitchen, a meeting area with Internet, an exercise room with basic gym equipment, an office and on-site laundry.

Mealtimes are developed with the approval and supervision of a licensed dietitian. Food is planned and prepared by qualified cooks and all meals are eaten together. Special dietary needs can be considered, but only if they are clearly communicated to staff before admission. Family members may not bring in special foods.

Treatment And Staff

Once clients complete an evaluation, they are assigned to a licensed counselor who helps them coordinate a treatment plan. The inpatient program averages 28 days and focuses on coping strategies and real-life skill acquisition through individual and group therapy. Treatment methods fall under a goal-oriented DBT framework which includes Motivational Interviewing (MI), solution-focused counseling, critical incident management (CISM) and work-life coaching. Relapse prevention techniques are also a focus as clinicians work with residents to develop aftercare plans. Programming consists of a minimum of 50 therapeutic hours per week.

Those who choose Intensive Outpatient (IOP) may select a low or high-intensity option. Low-intensity clients are required to attend a minimum of nine clinical hours per week, while high-intensity clients meet for 20. These programs are mostly the same as inpatient care, though they also include mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness through the Matrix Model. Prairie Ridge recommends clients undergo IOP for six weeks, whether as a standalone plan or as a step-down from residential treatment.

A typical day for those in outpatient consists of combined therapy sessions with inpatient residents between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Clients alternate between individual and group therapy in the day and evening.

Prairie Ridge’s staff is made up of certified addiction counselors, prevention specialists, support staff and clinical assistants. Access to psychiatry is also available to assist with co-occurring disorders and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).


In addition to alcohol and drug treatment, Prairie Ridge offers help in job searches and other “soft skills,” such as choosing the appropriate attire for an interview.

In Summary

Prairie Ridge’s long-established history and commitment to helping addicts in Northern Iowa community make it a solid option for compassionate, goal-oriented care. Many of their dedicated staff have been at Prairie Ridge for decades, and all work closely with residents to make sobriety an attainable lifestyle change.

Prairie Ridge Location

320 N Eisenhower Ave
P.O. Box 1338
Mason City, IA 50402

Prairie Ridge Cost

Sliding scale (Medicaid and most insurance accepted). Reach Prairie Ridge by phone at (641) 424-2391 or by email at Find Prairie Ridge on Facebook

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