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The Basics

For more than 20 years, Sober Living America has been delivering top-rated addiction education programs and sober living services at four facilities in Birmingham, Alabama, Tampa, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. Though all are similarly managed under the SLA banner, they vary in size and and style. But what generally sets Sober Living America apart from many facilities is its career development program, in which SLA partners with businesses in the community to provide jobs for residents.  Since it was founded, Sober Living America has provided affordable housing and recovery services to more than 50,000 people.

Accommodations and Amenities

All SLA residences are co-ed, housing clients in gender-specific apartments. The Birmingham facility accommodates 49 residents in seven apartments. Atlanta SLA consists of 21 apartments that accommodate up to 84 residents. In Jacksonville, the complex has 20 units that house as many as 62 men and women. The Tampa facility has 10 units and can accommodate up to 61 residents, roughly six to an apartment. There are two bathrooms in each unit. The living areas are comfortable with two couches and cable TV. In all locations, amenities include Internet access and transportation is provided if needed. There’s also a swimming pool and playground on most of the properties.

Residents are expected to buy and prepare their own food, but SLA staff helps them qualify for food stamps or state benefits if they don’t have adequate resources.

Rules and Regulations

Residents are asked to commit to SLA for six months, though they may stay for as long as they feel is necessary to achieve lasting sobriety. Once a resident moves in, finding employment is a primary focus. Residents are required to look for work—job training is available— or to engage in volunteer service or attend school.

With a strong 12-step foundation, SLA offers on-site meetings, which residents are required to attend in addition to off-site meetings. For the first 30 days of residence they’re required to attend two meetings a day on the premises, after which they are required to attend between three and five meetings each week. Within the first 30 days of living in an SLA house, residents are required to be back on the premises by 6 pm and indoors by 10. Those in residence longer than 30 days have a curfew of midnight during the week and 1 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Staff members live on-site to assist residents and to administer random drug tests. If a resident tests positive on a drug test, he or she will be referred to detox and can then be re-admitted into the house.Any resident found to have drugs in their possession or to be using drugs is automatically expelled.  On smaller infractions—if someone gets into an argument with another resident or misses curfew, for example—the consequences are considerably more lenient—they’re required to complete a writing “assignment” about a step or a short paper on some aspect of the Big Book.

Extras

SLA facilities admit residents on the day they apply, without a waiting period. In a spirit of forgiveness, residents who leave before staff feels they are ready will be welcomed back, provided they demonstrate a renewed commitment to recovery.

SLA also provides in-house group or individual therapy, led by a CADC.

In Summary

For people of limited means living in Birmingham, Tampa, Jacksonville or Atlanta who are post-treatment and ready for the next phase in recovery, Sober Living America offers not only a safe living environment but also a dynamic work development program that includes career guidance, job readiness, on-the-job training, and job placement.

Sober Living America Locations

Sober Living America
1217-G Beacon Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35209

Sober Living America
2530 Peachwood Circle, Suite 2
Atlanta, GA 30345

Sober Living America
9047 San Jose Blvd, Suite 523
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Sober Living America
10610 N. 30th St., #42A
Tampa, FL 33612

Sober Living America Cost: $680 (30 days). Reach Sober Living America by phone at (205) 983-7647. Find Sober Living America on Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and on their blog.

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