The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center - Birmingham in Birmingham, AL

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(4.7 of 5)
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2100 11th Ave North
Birmingham AL 35234

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Set in downtown Birmingham, Ala., the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) provides free shelter, rehabilitation, and hope for a new start in life for adult men aged 21+ who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. In addition to addiction treatment services, the nonprofit organization also offers shelters for the homeless, workforce training, job placement assistance, and transitional housing once a client has successfully completed treatment. Detox services are not offered on-site.


As with The Salvation Army in general, this facility is based on Christian spiritual principles, describing itself as “a spiritual ministry, motivated by both a love of God and a desire to meet the practical needs of humanity.”

Most who apply are admitted within a couple of days, and the average stay lasts six to nine months. Clients partake in individual as well as group counseling during treatment.


There is currently no information provided on the facility's website or otherwise regarding its treatment staff. The only individual polled by to date on the staff’s level of support gave it four out of five stars.


The Salvation Army ARC in downtown Birmingham is a 110-bed facility that provides clients with the essentials: food, clothing and shelter.


Alumni reactions to the facility are limited, but those available are positive. Alumni praised the effectiveness of treatment. One alum, Brad, gave the facility an overall score of five out of five in a survey submitted to and wrote “…it is free and they do give you the tools to leave drug free...if you want it.” though he also noted that treatment here is not luxurious or easy, writing: “It isn't the the "Country Club" style rehab centers… it is a very hard program but for me was well worth it.”

The facility’s Facebook page, which can be internally vetted, has received four five-star reviews.[1] One of those came from Scott, who wrote: “The Salvation Army ARC in Birmingham Alabama is heads and shoulders above any other program I know of, it offers both spiritual and life skills… It's given me hope , direction and meaning in life.”


Services are provided free of charge. All costs are funded by proceeds from the area’s Salvation Army thrift stores.

Updated December 2016


Published on January 2017

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It was free program and they were able to admit me in a very short period of time. It isn't the the "Country Club" style rehab centers but it is free and they do give you the tools to leave drug free...if you want it. It is a very hard program but for me was well worth it. I even stayed for an additional 6 months after actually completing the program while I found work and saved money to move out on my own.

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