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Located on the sprawling green campus of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, the UAB Addiction Recovery Program is an Alabama rehab offering residential recovery services as well as a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The University, which enrolls an estimated 18,568 students from more than 110 countries yearly, is also affiliated with the UAB Health System, one of the largest academic medical centers in the United States.

Accommodations and Food

All of UAB’s addiction recovery programs emanate from one of the on-campus medical centers. Clients in the residential program stay on the fifth floor of the facility and never more than 10 residents participating in the program at one time. Residents stay in dorm-style rooms with twin beds and one roommate each. There are bathrooms attached to each room. 

Clients can expect three hot meals throughout the day, with all food provided through the University cafeteria. There is a dining area on the fifth floor where residents eat all their meals. There is also a common room and pool table next to the dining area where they can unwind at the end of the day. Those attending either PHP or IOP are expected to provide their own meals.

Treatment and Staff

Those participating in the residential program typically stay for four to six weeks. There is a medical detox offered as well. Clients in need of this service still stay in the residential rooms at the medical facility, but in special cases requiring close medical supervision they can receive their own room on another floor.

The core program at UAB Addiction Recovery is comprised of daily group therapy and lectures with a focus on CBT. Besides the basics of addiction and recovery, topics at these sessions include spirituality, relationships, pain management, sexual abuse, grief and trauma. There are also weekly individual therapy sessions and time for recreation five days a week, during which residents take trips to the UAB’s gym facilities. The program is very 12-step oriented, with clients in the residential program attending local AA meetings every night, including at least one on weekends. While there is no specific dual diagnosis track available, psychiatric evaluations are available when needed. 

Discharge planning is also available at the end of treatment to set clients up with an aftercare plan. They often step down to one of the outpatient programs. PHP offers a similar mix of group and individual sessions plus seminars with clients attending from 8 am to 3:30 pm every week day. Those participating in IOP attend sessions from 8 am to noon, Monday through Friday.

There are two physicians on staff at the UAB Addiction Recovery program, one of which is a psychiatrist. Though there is no mental health component to the recovery program, clients can still schedule appointments as needed with the psychiatrist. The group and individual sessions are led by LADCs, along with a team of social workers and certified counselors. Clients meet with their individual counselors for check-ins and to keep tailoring the program to their needs.


The UAB Addiction Recovery Program also believes strongly in family involvement. As a result there are individual sessions offered for individual family members themselves, in addition to family sessions which include the clients.

In addition to the daily visits to the campus gym, clients can enjoy weekend field trips to downtown Birmingham and nearby Railroad Park, a public 19-acre park that opened in 2010 and serves as a vibrant cultural hub for the city. Though not an official part of UAB’s program, clients also frequently make weekend trips to participate in equine therapy, rock climbing excursions and more.

In Summary

Clients participating in the University of Alabama Addiction Recovery Program receive the benefit of aligning themselves with one of the country’s major academic medical programs, set in the bustling hub of the UAB campus and located close to downtown Birmingham. Clients can be sure of a 12-step oriented recovery program that is tailored to their individual needs, with small group sessions and plenty of opportunities for recreation, extracurricular trips and a firm emphasis on family involvement.

University of Alabama Addiction Recovery Location

1802 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

University of Alabama Addiction Recovery Program Cost

Depends on program. Reach University of Alabama Addiction Recovery Program by phone at (205) 934-3411 or by email.

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