Aletheia House is a not-for-profit organization that offers gender-specific substance abuse treatment for men and women as well as long-term and transitional housing and support services for expectant women, single mothers and veterans in need. Aletheia House for Men is residential substance abuse treatment for men ages 18 and over.
Aletheia—the Greek word for “truth”—was founded by a group of community volunteers who wanted to provide help for indigent teens living on the streets of Birmingham. Its core values are work, discipline, responsibility, sobriety and faith. Located in the heart of Birmingham, Aletheia House has been a beacon of hope for men seeking recovery in Alabama since 1972.
Accommodations and Food
The men’s house is next door to the administrative offices, all situated on a fenced-in corner lot. The one-story brick facility resembles a school and accommodates up to 40 men in seven bedrooms. Men sleep six to a room in twin-sized beds and share four YMCA style bathrooms.
There is a community lounge area furnished with sofas and a flat screen television, an on-site gym, kitchen, dining area and a laundry room. There are four additional rooms reserved for group and individual therapy sessions. There is also a large yard with outdoor furniture where clients enjoy free time.
Meals are traditional American fare served three times per day and prepared by staff. While special dietary requests are not accommodated, the basic food groups are included in each meal. Snacks are not provided. Cell phone use is permitted after one week and smoking is allowed outside during designated breaks. The residents are responsible for keeping their personal spaces clean and are assigned a weekly house chore. Visitors are permitted on Sundays from 1-3 pm and must be approved by staff prior to entering the facility.
Treatment and Staff
The typical length of stay is 90 days, but is often longer depending on each client’s individual progress. Each resident is assigned a primary counselor who develops an individualized treatment plan. The day begins with breakfast at 7 am followed by clean up and chores. Morning meditation group is from 9–10 am. Clients attend groups throughout the day with topics that include anger management, addiction studies, relapse prevention and coping skills. In addition, outside speakers facilitate lectures on subjects such as money management, job search strategies and resume writing. Dual diagnosis clients see a psychiatrist for medication management and attend a co-occurring disorder group.
After a lunch break at noon, groups resume until 3 pm when residents have free time until 5 pm. After the evening meal ends at 5:30, clients either have study time, an in-house meeting or are taken to an off-site AA/NA meeting.
Family education is on Friday nights from 7-9 pm and includes addiction education followed by discussion. After 30 days of treatment, the men are granted eight-hour off-campus passes. Outpatient services are also available for men which include employment services, individual and group counseling, housing assistance and referrals to outside services.
In addition to the men’s services, Aletheia House also provides specialized treatment options for women, expectant mothers and mothers with children. These programs follow the same basic treatment structure as the men’s track, with additional services as needed.
Veterans with financial hardship may benefit from Hope for Heroes, a service that connects veterans with affordable housing and referrals to community support programs.
The residential substance abuse program for men at Aletheia House provides structure and shelter in a no-frills residential environment. While accommodations are not luxurious, men receive quality substance abuse care and a support network to lean on for the long-haul.
Aletheia House for Men
201 Finley Ave West
Birmingham, AL 35201
Aletheia House for Men Cost: State funded. Reach Aletheia House for Men by phone at (205) 324-6502. Find Aletheia House on Facebook
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