Since 1972, Aletheia House has been providing substance abuse treatment services to low-income families and men and women in need of treatment in Birmingham, Alabama. The organization offers inpatient and outpatient programs for men, an outpatient program for women, and an outpatient program with transitional housing for mothers and pregnant women. Aletheia—the Greek word for “truth”—was founded in 1972 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.
Accommodations and Food
Aletheia House’s programs for women include an outpatient program called Women’s Hope and Mother’s Hope, the program for expectant mothers, newly postpartum mothers and mothers with dependent children that combines outpatient care with transitional living. There are 30 single-family homes in the Mother’s Hope network, with each home being a private residence for each client and her family. All houses have two bedrooms (one for the mother, the other for her child) one bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. The homes are furnished comfortably and come with on-site laundry facilities. Transportation to and from treatment and childcare are also provided.
Women in both treatment programs are expected to provide their own food and prepare all meals. For women requiring public assistance, Aletheia staff assist in securing food stamps and navigating the state and federal bureaucracies.
Treatment and Staff
All treatment programs use CBT methodology for individual therapy, group, family therapy and couples therapy. Clients attend individual therapy once a week and daily group sessions. Family therapy is scheduled separately, with typically two or three sessions per week. One of the sessions is dedicated to parenting and child care, the other to partner relationships and building trust.
The Aletheia House program also provides life-skills coaching, employment and housing assistance, addiction education and parenting classes. Participation in 12-step programs is encouraged but not required.
In addition to their specialized treatment programs for women and mothers, Aletheia House offers residential and outpatient programs for men and homeless veterans. The programs follow the same basic structure of the women’s programs and also include transitional housing options as well as employment services.
Aletheia House provides a range of specialized treatment options for women, expectant mothers and mothers with children. With 30 single-family homes for transitional living in addition to basic outpatient services, women have the services, support and community they need to build new lives and maintain their sobriety.
3512 7th Ave
Birmingham, AL 35201
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