ADATC - Pearson Hall Philosophy
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Areas of Specialization
Medical Detoxification, Aftercare Support
Rehabs.com Editorial Review
ABOUT ADATC — PEARSON HALL
Pearson Hall is one of three treatment centers operated by Birmingham’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers (ADATC). From a quiet street on the outskirts of Birmingham, Ala., the center offers medically supervised detox for the indigent community and short-term crisis stabilization/residential care for adult men and women who are struggling with substance abuse.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
This treatment center offers a traditional program, including an introduction to the 12-Steps plus individual, group, and family counseling. During the day, there are also educational lectures and film screenings, and clients are enrolled in nutritional and fitness programs. The facility’s website indicates that psychiatric services are available, but does not indicate whether this is on a referral basis, or on-site.
ADATC also stresses the importance of family involvement. For starters, Pearson Hall helps to arrange assistance with childcare for parents in need of detox. And a family program includes individual counseling, informational lectures, films, and group meetings. In the long-term, families are encouraged to attend Al-Anon and Alateen meetings.
The aftercare program consists of weekly group sessions, plus regular attendance at AA/NA meetings.
The facility’s website notes that services are provided by “medical and counseling staff,” but does not detail their credentials. Each of the three individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it four or five out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photographs published on the facility’s website show sparse common areas and simple, shared bedrooms with twin beds. The six individuals polled to date on the facility’s offerings across a variety of treatment metrics gave it ratings of 3.83 for its cleanliness and 4.67 stars for its food.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the four reviews received by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, two were positive and two were negative. Two alumni praised the food, but otherwise, there was little correlation in reviewers’ comments. “Awesome learning experience,” K.G. wrote; “Good food, safe detox, awesome staff and councilor,” Kimberly added.
At the other end of the spectrum, A.R. wrote that the facility was in a bad neighborhood and the staff were unhelpful, while M.B.S. wrote: “It was horrible. There were no strengths, everything was a weakness.”
Secondary sites yielded just one review. “Great place if you want help,” Chasity wrote in a four-star review on Google, before giving very warm praise to a particular staff member.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones skewed more positive. Of the three reviews received at the time of this writing, two were positive and one was mixed. Each of the three reviewers gave the facility four or five stars for its family program, holistic options, and overall treatment effectiveness.
Praise was awarded to the hands-on approach to treating clients and the facility’s cleanliness. Yet one loved one echoed an alum by writing: “It needs to be in a different neighborhood.” Another added: “Some of the treatments are not what I think they should’ve been,” though they did not give further details.
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs, however, the page for the Zukoski Center, another of ADATC’s three facilities, indicates that that center accepts Medicaid and charges on a sliding fee scale, based on the client’s income and expenses. The Zukoski Center’s website also indicates that no one is denied services on the basis of their inability to pay. The four individuals polled on Pearson Hall’s affordability to date gave it an average rating of 2.5 out of five stars.
Updated September 2016
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