A tragedy is sometimes a painful but necessary instrument of change. Many things can come from a tragedy. The three rehab facilities that operate under the banner of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers were the fruits of such tragedies, the Olivia House, especially since its namesake, was killed at the hands of an abusive partner.
Tragedy can also be stretched out over time. Neglect is just as harmful as malicious intent, and when the decision was finally made to create a comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment program in the state of Alabama, the only way for a person to get help treating their addiction was to check themselves into a mental institution.
As stated above, before 1974, a person with a serious drug or alcohol dependency was forced to commit themselves to a mental institution of which there was a total of 2 in the state of Alabama. The Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers were the remedy to that scarcity.
Currently, the three treatment centers of the ADTC are Pearson Hall, Olivia’s House, and the Zukoski Center. The priority demographic of these treatment centers focuses on pregnant women who abuse intravenous drugs, pregnant substance abusers, and intravenous drug abusers. Each center offers different services from inpatient stabilization to outreach services directed to those in the community afflicted with HIV.
Pearson Hall is where residents receive most inpatient services. There are detox facilities at both Pearson as well as Olivia’s House, but the latter is where pregnant women, as well as women and their children, are sheltered as mothers undergo substance abuse treatment. The Zukoski location offers both intensive outpatient programs as well as educational classes and lectures on how to live with and treat an HIV diagnosis.
Once the medically supervised detox has passed, patients get admitted to the inpatient program. Men and women get placed in separate quarters, but all those who pass through the doors at Pearson Hall get bombarded with the love and affection that help begin the healing process.
Afterward, residents construct their treatment methodologies in consultation with the medical staff at Pearson Hall, which also marks a significant step in their recovery.
Treating the Person
Inpatient stays at Pearson Hall are marked by educational classes. Residents attend lectures on substance abuse that seek to inform them about their addiction.
Group and individual therapy are provided along with treatments geared toward restoring a body depleted by chemicals and self-harm. Physical fitness programs and nutritional guidance are given to patients at Pearson Hall to help them learn and keep healthy living habits.
Residents are introduced to self-help therapies like NA and AA, as a way to ensure a long-lasting recovery.
Counselors and other staff at Pearson Hall are always on hand not only to monitor your progress but to provide support and further counseling. Since Pearson Hall and its satellite locations primarily serve the most vulnerable members of society, there are few other amenities available when you are not in session or receiving treatment.
A Way Out
Graduates from the inpatient program receive sustained aftercare through an introduction to a network of support groups located throughout Birmingham. Alumni and their counselors also keep in continual contact.
Women in the inpatient program at Olivia’s House receive a similar track of care, with child-care service provided so that their children continue their schooling and intellectual development while their mothers are in treatment. Parenting classes and other support services like transportation and housing assistance are also given through the inpatient program.
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center is spread out through greater Birmingham, and services the most vulnerable segments of the population with services like drug and mental health treatments, referrals to other local programs, crisis intervention and educational classes on sexually transmitted diseases. All three centers of the ADATC network continue filling a long-neglected need in the community.
Prices for Pearson Hall: Sliding scale