The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers - Olivia's House in Birmingham, AL

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(3.8 of 5)
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8017 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35206

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Individual Therapy, Family Program

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Alabama’s first residency house for women struggling with addiction and their children, Olivia's House provides a recovery program for pregnant and postpartum women who are chemically dependent. Uniquely, the rehab has a child wellness program that includes psycho-social evaluation and support for clients’ children under the age of 10, who remain with their mothers during recovery.

The maximum length of stay is one year, but clients may apply for an extension based on severity of illness, response to treatment, and availability of space. The facility also accepts clients from prison and women who have legal issues. Detox services are offered at nearby Pearson Hall, an affiliated short-term crisis stabilization treatment and indigent detoxification program serving men and women.


In seeking admission, a client must have had a recent state psycho-social assessment or undergo assessment at Olivia’s House. If she meets certain requirements, she is contacted by the admission coordinator and informed of the date at which space will be available. Arrangements for assistance with child care are made with Olivia’s House prior to detox.

The 12-step program integrates other methods that include behavioral modalities. Clients participate in group sessions that address addiction education, relationships, domestic violence, and parenting. They also see their counselor on an individual basis. Medication management is provided as needed.

Olivia’s House distinguishes itself by offering a comprehensive program for the children of addicted mothers. A case manager and child development staff member assess each child who remains with their mother during her treatment, and up to three children are allowed to remain during residence.

Children at Olivia’s House undergo a developmental, physical, mental and educational evaluation, and separate records are kept. Physical assessment includes nutritional and dental evaluation. Children in need of services are referred to the appropriate state agency.


Olivia’s House has a staff of 20 to 49 that include case managers, nurses, and addiction counselors. Its consultants are psychologists, educators, and nutritionists. It should be noted, however, that in November 2014, a manager of Olivia's House was arrested for allegedly smoking crack in her car, with her five-year-old daughter in the back seat. Police charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia, chemical endangerment of a child, and possession of cocaine.


The rehab is located in a modest brick ranch-style home in a suburb of Birmingham. Living quarters are functional but comfortable, with shared rooms and basic furnishings.


Few reviews are available for Olivia’s House, and they are mixed. K.D.M. gave the facility five stars across the board, saying: “This place was amazing! The people here and the place saved mine and my families lives!!! I love everyone here!!!” April, another alum, had a more moderate review of the facility, giving it average ratings and saying: “It was affordable. However, there were no leisure or relaxation opportunities.”


Olivia’s House offers financial aid in the form of facility payment assistance.

Updated September 2015

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This place was amazing! The people here and the place saved mine and my families lives!!! I love everyone here!!!

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It was affordable. However, there were no leisure or relaxation opportunities.

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