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Areas of Specialization
Individual Therapy, Family Program
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ABOUT THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT CENTERS - OLIVIA’S HOUSE
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 suffering from substance abuse issues. The rehab has a child wellness program that includes psychosocial 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 not available on site, but are offered at nearby Pearson Hall, an affiliated short-term crisis stabilization treatment center.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
In seeking admission, a client must have had a recent state psychosocial assessment or undergone assessment at Olivia’s House. If she meets certain requirements, she will be 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 mothers with substance abuse issues. A case manager and child development staff member assess each child who remains with their mother during her treatment, and up to three children can 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.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND AMENITIES
The rehab is in a modest brick ranch-style home in a suburb of Birmingham, AL. Living quarters, as they are show on the facility’s website, appear to be functional but comfortable, with shared rooms and basic furnishings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Few reviews are available for Olivia’s House, but those that are available are mostly positive. While K.M. indicated that she was thrilled with her stay at Olivia’s House, April, the only alum to evaluate 15 metrics at the time of this writing, had a more moderate review of the facility. She gave just one out of five stars for the facility’s opportunities for exercise and leisure, holistic offerings, and family participation; however, she lauded the center’s affordability with a perfect five-star rating and indicated that she would recommend treatment to others with a four-star rating.
User feedback on secondary sites was sparse but positive. On the facility’s Facebook page, Olivia’s House had received a four- and a five-star rating, and on Google, three perfect five-star reviews. Contrary to April’s feedback regarding the quality of family participation, Google reviewer Courtney valued the opportunity to keep her son with her during treatment.
While there is no information available on the facility’s website regarding pricing, Olivia’s House offers financial aid in the form of facility payment assistance.
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. Facility response notes that the former employee “was on leave when the incident occurred and has not returned to work.”
Updated May 2017
Published on June 2017
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