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Sober Living America Inc

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Counseling, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Join Sober Living America and Fight the Addiction Epidemic - Stand Up/Friends Care. SLA grew out of the need to provide a safe, sober and structured living environment for men and women who are beginning their recovery from alcoholism and drug abuse, regardless of their financial condition. Their target recipient is unemployed or underemployed, often homeless, and without the means to utilize expensive medical recovery facilities. With facilities in 6 states and housing more than 325 residents, Sober Living America strives to provide a hand up for those who want a sober, productive life.

Results: 60,000 Families Served 6 States 325 Beds Serving over 2,700 families annually

Target demographics: homeless/destitute suffering with substance abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,150 families suffering the pains of addiction

Geographic areas served: Atlanta

Programs: Housing, food, recovery, spiritual, and work development.

Community Stories

203 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tampa location!! Sober living America has changed my life this place has kept me from jail institutions and death!! The staff here Gary Julie Levi truely care about people and want people to succeed!! This place has structure and gives you the tools you need to succeed in life!! Would recommend over and over again!! - Chris B

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a graduate of Sober Living America, I am proud to say the program saved my life! I was a lost soul with no want to live. I lost my children, husband, family and everything I had ever had. Down to a few items of clothes and a worn out pair of boots, I finally had given up. I was done, sick, tired and completely fed up with my lifestyle and the little bit of "nothing" i had left to my name! I called the BDC and asked for another chance at learning a new way of life because I had tried it 6 months prior to this call and was not ready to change. Now I was done. I wanted to live. I wanted to see my kids again. I wanted to be me again. So in January 2016, I came to Atlanta and dove head first into recovery. I would not change anything now. Im no longer restless, irritable and discontent. Im happy, joyous and free. Im sober! I will be picking up my year medallion in January 2017. Thank you Sober Living America for helping me change my life! Ill forever be grateful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is great! The Atlanta campus may not be the newest facility, but this place is clean and the staff truly cares about you. They took me in from detox where i had no where to go and the slightest bit of will to live. People bash recovery programs all the time thinking they have found and easier softer way. If they have then bless them, but more then likely they haven’t. BLESS EM
Thank God for places like Sober Living America if not i probably wouldn’t be here today and for just that i reason i am forever grateful!

Review from Guidestar

Mary Q.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Mary Q. and I am a grateful recovering addict at the Atlanta, Georgia Sober Living America location. Let me begin by saying, God has truly blessed me and it is nothing short of a miracle that I am alive and able to write this today.

Prior to entry into the Sober Living America In-House program, I had hit what I believe to be my rock bottom! I had allowed my addiction to take hold of every aspect of my life. I had become a shell of the person I once was......the person I saw in the mirror had spiraled downward and left me feeling helpless, hopeless, useless, depressed, angry, guilty, resentful, confused, riddled with self-pity and self-loathing. The thoughts of my many failures and losses never stopped and only added to the vicious cycle of addition…….simply put, I was LOST and BROKEN and had no fight left! I could see NO light at the end of the tunnel and my addiction had depleted me of my will to live! I had allowed my addiction rob me of the relationships with my family, my friends, my employment, my car, my home, my personal belongings and on numerous occasions nearly my life due to overdoses! At the end of my active addiction, I felt as though suicide would be my only way out. I had two previous suicide attempts on my record and thought for sure that "I could be successful at my third and last attempt." I had gone from having no criminal history to being arrested for two felonies, in two different counties. I was left with NO money. Homeless. Unemployed. No Car. No Phone.......I had burnt every bridge…….my addiction had all but WON!

Walking through the doors of the Atlanta, Georgia Sober Living America (SLA) In-House program saved my life! It has provided me with HOPE and a sense of PEACE! It has provided me with the tools I need to regenerate my LIFE! I now have the desire to wake up and live life! I am learning how to live a genuinely happy, joyful and SOBER life! I feel as though I now have purpose! With the A.A. program, the SLA Community and God’s continued love, guidance and grace there is NOTHING that I have lost that I cannot regain! I am blessed with the opportunity to mend the once lost and shattered relationships and blessed with the awesome gift of reaching out to the still sick and suffering addict, the opportunity to develop relationships with the newcomer and those already living a life of active RECOVERY. Lastly and most importantly, SLA has provided me with the opportunity to live another day! God is good!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came into Sober Living America in March of this year. Outside of my family, I have never encountered such support that I have recieved here. The General Manager of the program, Christy Nemeth is like a second mother to me. She has never ever ever given up on me and continues to believe in me. I am by no means a saint and often question if I deserve such a woman in my life. I try and extend the same warmth and love to other residents that she shows me on a daily basis. If I wasnt in this program, the odds arent terrible that I wouldnt be on this Earth. I have also had the blessing of being under the tutelage of two great directors..Randy Craft and Berkley Hayes. When I came into the program, I thought I knew everything, AA/NA was a joke and firmly believed no one could tell me anything I didnt already know..twice. A lot of negative reviews it seems come from people that expected recovery to be easy. Randy was what I needed. He shot it to me straight and was very firm. Admittedly, I got in my feels a lot in the beginning but I came to realize that his firm but fair brand was what I needed. I didn't need to be coddled anymore and I needed to be shown HOW to recover. HOW to work the steps. HOW to trust another man. HOW to be an adult. HOW a man treats his family. Randy along with my sponsor helped guide me into this new way of life. Mr. Berkley Hayes is a man full of unconditional love. He is one of the most loving, kind hearted and caring men I have met in my life. He truly cares about his residents more than himself. He spent money out of his own pocket to make sure Greenville had a Thanksgiving...and had one as a family. Thank you to Berkley, Natalie, Teddy and Mike for that. After we ate, I cried in my apartment. I felt like a human again. Again, part of something. SLA is my family..I have made bonds here that I will have for the rest of my life. One thing I love about Greenville is that we HAVE FUN. I never in a million years thought that I would be able to have sober fun. I am laughing all day with the Greenville crew. I can't praise God enough for leading me to Charlotte and Greenville. Writing a review is the LEAST I could do for SLA after what they have done for me. With all this being said, the ONLY reason that I have experienced this love is because I got serious about recovery and worked my steps. A year ago, if I would have read this review, I would have never thought it was myself who wrote it. Thank you to Christy, Randy and Berk for helping to give my sons their father back, my Mother her son back and helping this son find his Father.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SLA gave me life. I was so very lost! All I knew was street life. I have recreated my life.
I have been shown a love, patience, and tolerance that I never even existed.
Today I have a family, I have sobriety, I have the tools and the network to remain Sober, I have a job, and not only am I loved, but I know how to love today.
Thank you SLA!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with SLA Jacksonville has been wonderful. I cam for recovery from alcoholism, and was sober over a year, and relapsed. The staff was very understanding, and took me to detox and brought me back home to SLA. Where I came to realize revcovery is everyday thing. Missy and Gary came and really turned things around for the better. Gary was very instrumental in finding full time work for women in temp agencies. And providing transportation for interviews and work. In the 18 months I've been here I've never seen the community come together as I do now. We have a tremendous staff. Missy as director, Gary as work development, John as guest services, and Nisha and Leigh as drivers are like a DREAM TEAM!

Client Served

Rating: 5

when I was at my lowest point in life I really thought the answer was to end it all I made one last phone call to sla tampa and Julie answered the phone and said I have a bed come on over now 82 days clean later I owe my life to sla tampa I could never repay what I owe I owe my life to sla tampa especially Julie thanks for giving me my life back

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at the Nashville locations in June 2016 and scheduled to complete in December. In addition to a core base of recovery other skill sets are available, building a strong work ethic, personal accountability, and team building and social interaction. The Nashville has an active and involved staff and offers the client an opportunity to take recovery in whatever direction they wish to go..."it works if you work it""

Client Served

Rating: 5

After completing inpatient treatment, Sober Living America has furthered opportunities for me to prepare myself to get back home. I'm grateful for this program because they offer us a work contract. Most places doesn't offer this. SLA has great staff here that are willing to help. Our meetings are great, as well. Another benefit that we have is they offer us transportation for work and necessities. We are like a big family here. It really is a great place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Natalie Bennett
Before coming to Sober Living America, I had giving up on myself. I had isolated myself from family, friends, and even my own children. I hated myself and what I had became. I had given up, but God had not. It hurt to breath and there was not enough drugs and alcohol to ease the pain. I finally made a decision to go to detox, again. I had been to 9 detox centers in the past 10 years. I knew that this was my last chance to get it right. In detox, i was told about Sober Living of America. A few days later, I was on the bus to Charlotte, NC.
When I arrived I was scared to death. But I soon was welcomed into the community of wonderful people, just like me, sick and wanting and needing help. I recently transferred to Greenville,SC. I found here exactly what I found in Charlotte, amazing people. I have been blessed in so many ways by this experience. I am learning to be a productive citizen in society. I am now in contact with my family, friends, and my 3 handsome baby boys. I will forever be amazingly grateful for the staff, community, and the new family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SLA has been a life saver for me. It has allowed me to recreate my life and give me a new direction. I came here broken and with no hope what so ever for a future. i have been here now for 11 plus months and have a future free from drugs and a life i can be proud of. it was not easy at first but that was my own doing. once i surrendered and accepted that i could not get high anymore things got so simple and then things that i never thought was ever gonna be achievable came to pass. i can only speak for myself but without SLA i would be either in jail or worse DEAD. Thank you for allowing me to come here and learn a new way of life that all my friends and family said i could never get. I love this place and no matter what I dont have to use today. And i didnt know that when i got here

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing this review to thank Sober Living America for what they do for people like me. For the past 4 years, our daughter was completely lost to us, wrapped up in a prescription pill addiction that we just couldn't help her get past. We tried several treatment programs and in-patient programs, but nothing seemed to help her stay clean for more than a few months. Every time she left, she would relapse. Finally, we found this program, that was willing to take her in with no money down.
Our daughter has been at the Nashville location for a few months, and we are so pleased with her progress! She has really come back to us for the first time in years. She seems to much more like her old self, and I feel like she has really learned the tools this time to help make this a long-term commitment. Thank you- to the program manager and directors, for taking care of our little girl and helping her find her old self again. We know she couldn't have done it without your support!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Greetings from nashville. I have been a resident here for just over 3 months and my experience has been evolving since day 1. Getting clean and sober has not been easy however attempting this journey at SLA has made it doable. Within my first week I was able to obtain employment start attending meetings and retain a sponsor. I have had the comfort and support of other addicts attempting to achieve sobriety which seems to make it easier. SLA has provided a box of tools to include transportation employment meetings supportive staff recovery activities just to mention a few. I am extremely grateful to participate in the nashville program and am excited about what a sober future holds. Thank you for the opportunity to express my view of the program and my gratitude to the Nashville staff

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I find it rather troublesome that this has become a dumping ground. The staff at SLA does the VERY best they can. I know that I personally have given them a run for their money. I used and got discharged for 5 days. Christy told me to let her know I was okay everyday while I was on discharge and that if I needed anything to give her a call. Not only did she come and bring me a couple burgers she also took me to a meeting. She let me know that regardless of where I was that she cared. I couldn't find a ride back and called her. She sent a uber to pick me up. I have known this lady a total of 17 days and she has an extended more compassion then some friends I have known all my life. This place is truly changing my life

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a resident of sober living America it's proving to be one of the best choices I've ever made, in the beginning I didn't like the way I was loved on, however I now know that it was the best thing for me!! I was pushed to get a sponsor to work the 12 steps and to have Fellowship with the community... they got me a job and has told me how to stand on my own along with other life skills!! I started off at the Atlanta location, and later own transferred to Greenville so that I would be near my family!! I highly recommend this program for anyone serious about wanting to get and stay sober and live a great life!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Well.... again this place has proved to be a joke and a game. Please don't ever go here or send a loved one here. It's a trap.. all they fare about is your program fees. They dont care about the residents or staff unless your christys friend or family. I'm in greenville and just watched my director who's done nothing but speak good about christy to us get thrown on the street with nothing really for what seems to be nothing serious in the blink of an eye. They cover up drug use, they select who gets kicked out for using and who stays. We just had a girl fail for using cocaine after only being back 6 days from a dischagre for getting high on meth. I mean really? But then a second later theh will kick someone out for meth or getting drunk their 1st time. They toss you out with nothing and dont think twice. They are not fair and consistent with anything. If your liked, you'll get a pass, If your a girl...chances are you can relapse over and over and not get discharged, especially if your pretty. This place really needs to be investigated starting with the money and then with the treatment of staff and residents. I'm in the Greenville location and just saw a perfect example. Christy, who does nothing but protect her friends and family come in on an ego trip, this was my first time seeing her and she is not what hunter described to us, i didnt see a friend or someone who cares, i saw someone with blinders on and nothing more. now this is the same person that preaches about gossip to the point hunter beat it in to our heads its her pet peeve with aqusations based on gossip and hear say.. just started aqusing. She just acted on ego and exercise her power and kick out a director and put him on the street with nothing and not a second thought. Hunter was not perfect at all, but he cared about us all, he just got fired and kicked out for back talking christy trying to defend himself, what I heard was she had an attitude from the start and he got mouthy. Who wouldn't when your boss shows up 4 deep like that, I felt bombarded and I'm a resident. This place was over crowded and often times didn't have money for gas and yes has drug use but that's to be expected in a place like this. We're told if you fail a drug test you get a 5 day discharege.. if your "in" or liked it doesn't apply to you and residents had to put their own money in to make it to work sometimes. Where is the $180 a week charge per resident going? Christy says she cares but clearly it's a front because I just witnessed her caring side. Other directors use heroin and steal and get placed in other city's then back on staff?!? They put these bad reviews off on upset residents, fired staff.. ect. Im sure they will about this, some are I'm sure.. Well im an active resident and im here to svae money and get on my feet so i try to stay out of it. But evetything that happened in greenville was a complete joke. How does someone who supposivly cares come in 4 deep, remove a director for "insubordination" and just dump him on the street? Then place a girl who has been getting high for weeks in his position? The other rumor was he had a girl in his room or something. Now i was at the night meeting when they got there but i saw someone with an anjenda and attitude when i got there. I mean i fekt bad, hunter didnt stand a chance. Then he's replaced with Kayla who was guest services who's nice and all but has less clean time then most of us, has been on suboxone for weeks. Kayla.. if you read this.. you need to becareful who you talk infront of or let know things.. your roomates talk. Anyways, Point Blank, they don't care unless your christys friend. She proved that by brining the charlotte director and this guy berkley who she post all over Facebook about being her best friend and this guy Kane who I know recently used because he was in my aparmtent. But is another best friend of hers. It is what it is.. I'm frustrated because Hunter didn't deserve that.. We as residents didn't deserve that again.

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Donor

Rating: 1

A very unhealthy and usable environment. There is no sobriety here. Sober Living America just uses people. A complete joke. Very sad that this place is allowed to be in business.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We partner with the Sober Living to employ the residents while they are going through the program. Sober Living has been a great partner for us and the residents are great workers that represent us well. Sober Living is a great program that truly gets their residents on track with a job and helps the residents get back on track and into the community. Highly recommend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the SLA Greenville almost a month ago. So far everything has been amazing they took me in, and we're willing to help with the balance due till I could find a job. I ended up finding an amazing job with great pay, and amazing overtime! This program has been nothing but good to me! The director here is an amazing guy he does his best to accommodate everybody's needs, and is very serious about his job here. As far as the rest of the community here is great my roomates have helped me with items I didn't have comming in and have feed me every night till I can get on my feet. It's almost like one big family here everyone looks out for each other, and is there for each other when needed! This is an amazing place to come to recover that's if you are serious about it!

Jordan Sapp