Located in the heart of the historic area of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, St. Anne’s Home is a nonprofit that provides residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation for women, outpatient services and aftercare counseling for alumni. A pioneer in treating women with substance problems, St. Anne’s was founded in 1964 by Hermolyne Liles. According to Liles, there were four shelters at the time for men and a humane society for animals, but “no place in the city of Birmingham where a woman with alcohol sickness [could]live.” The original St. Anne’s Home occupied the basement of a private home and housed just three women. Today, it houses 16 women and provides structured care from caring clinicians in a stable, upscale environment.
Accommodations and Food
St. Anne’s clients live in a tasteful Tudor-style mansion in historic downtown Birmingham. The grounds are lush and rocking chairs on the front porch evoke a traditional Southern feel. The interior is full of refined touches like hardwood floors, leather couches, Persian rugs and chandeliers. The Women’s Hope residential program offers supportive housing that consists of 16 beds. As women move through the program, they leave supportive housing for transitional housing consisting of apartment units in a nearby complex.
An on-site cook prepares clients’ meals while they are in supportive housing, but when they move to transitional living they prepare their own meals. St. Anne’s does not allow clients to have cellphones, computers and other electronics on the grounds. Smoking is allowed, but only in outdoor areas.
Treatment and Staff
All residents of St. Anne’s are women over 19 years old. Requirements for residency include having attended a primary treatment facility in the previous 12 months. There is a waiting list for prospective residents, but the facility provides “pre-admission counseling” with a trained addiction counselor. Clients must either bring a treatment plan from their primary facility or be evaluated at St. Anne’s and have an individualized treatment plan created for them. St. Anne’s offers no detox program, but supports clients with co-occurring disorders.
Daily life at St. Anne’s is highly structured. Clients attend individual therapy regularly and group therapy daily for three months on average. Groups have a heavy emphasis on 12-step principles. Residents take educational classes that focus on life skills like improving self-esteem, anger management, budgeting and parenting. They also receive HIV prevention education and vocational rehabilitation.
Residents are required to attend 12-step meetings ever night. Participation in community volunteer opportunities and household and landscaping chores is also mandatory. In the past, volunteers from St. Anne’s have worked with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing.
There is zero tolerance for any drug or alcohol use at St. Anne’s. Residents are tested upon returning to the facility from any outing, and failing a test or refusing to take one are grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
After clients complete St. Anne’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), they can attend aftercare counseling on an outpatient basis for a $50-per-session fee. Aftercare is designed to assist those who have relapsed or are concerned they may relapse. St. Anne’s also provides family counseling for the same price.
The staff include Master’s-level counselors and social workers with Alcohol and Drug Counseling (ADC) certification. All staff are required to be certified in CPR.
To treat the “whole person,” physical fitness is stressed at St. Anne’s. Group exercise is provided by certified personal trainers and individual fitness programs by the local YMCA. Residents also enjoy book study and discussion and time for personal reflection and journaling.
St. Anne’s offers drug and alcohol compliance testing for non-residents whom the courts have ordered to be drug-tested.
Online testimonials from former residents attest to the loving care provided by St. Anne’s Home. This facility was an early provider of female-specific addiction treatment and, for women looking for an upscale and experienced residential treatment program, it may be an excellent fit.
St. Anne’s Home
2772 Hanover Cir. South
Birmingham, AL 35205
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