ADATC - Pearson Hall in Birmingham, AL

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(3.8 of 5)
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2701 Jefferson Avenue SW
Birmingham AL 35211

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Areas of Specialization

Medical Detoxification, Aftercare Support

Facility Highlights

Group Counseling
Educational Lectures
Nutritional Counseling 360 Guide

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Pearson Hall, named for J. Richmond Pearson, is one of three treatment centers operated by Birmingham’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers (ADATC). It is certified by the Alabama Department of Mental Health-Mental Retardation, and focuses on providing care to specialty groups. 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.


This treatment center offers a traditional program, including individual, group, and family counseling. During the day, there are also educational lectures and film screenings. To promote total wellness, clients are enrolled in nutritional and fitness programs to improve their recovery. 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. A family program is also available to help family members with any issues during the recovery process. It includes individual counseling, informational lectures, films, and group meetings.

The aftercare program consists of weekly group sessions, plus regular attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. In extended treatment options, families are encouraged to attend AA and NA meetings to assist clients with maintaining their sobriety.


The facility’s website notes that services are provided by “medical and counseling staff,” but does not detail their credentials. The facility itself is accredited by the Alabama Department of Mental Health. Pearson Hall is directed by Alcoholism Recovery Services, Inc. as well.


Photographs published on the facility’s website show sparse common areas and simple, shared bedrooms with twin beds.


Of the five reviews received by at the time of this writing, three were positive and two were negative. The alumni did not agree on which aspects of treatment were strengths and which were weaknesses.

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.”

On its unofficial Facebook page, the facility earned five out of five stars from three reviews to date.[1] The alumni praised the staff. In a representative review, alum Tosha wrote: “It was my first rehab and everyone they was grate people i learned alot been clean sent july and when i went in i never thought i could do it i fid made it throw.”


The three reviews from loved ones were 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 out of five stars or higher 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.


The facility’s website indicates that the company accepts insurance, but does not specify which plans. Information listed for the Zukoski Center, an associated treatment facility run by the same organization, 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 April 2017


Published on June 2017

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Cleanliness, proper care - when I walked in it was clean like a hospital. but some of the treatments are not what I think they should've been

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This place is in the middle of Fairfield between miles college and Westlake mall which is a terrible neighborhood. Most of the staff are pretty bias...If you ask them for something they act like you've ruined they're day. Also, it's government funded and a lot of the patients come because it was here or jail. The food was good and I would say it's better than jail but don't come here if you have a choice. Bottom line it's a government "business", not a real business, so they're getting paid either way.

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it needs to be in a different neighborhood

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I was detoxing off pain medication and nerve medication. I had no insurance and was scared so badly because I had no clue as to what type of place I was going to. I'm so glad I choose Pearson Hall! Good food, safe detox, awesome staff and councilor. The overall treatment I would give a 4. For the financial bind I was in, and with me having no insurance, I will still able to be safely detoxed and really caring people. I chose to not seek more treatment, which I now regret!! I believe it takes a little longer and wished I did follow up with a program they could have helped with. There were 4-6 group sessions a day beside weekends. You do also the first 3 days, if not feeling good can stay in, but group meetings is what brings you back to life again and builds and motivates you! Even just the staff that watches you is very concerned in your sobriety and it means a lot!! For the money, which had to be paid after my stay, it was the best thing I should have done! I actually enjoyed this facility and loved their ways!

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It was horrible. There were no strengths, everything was a weakness.

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Awesome learning experience.

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