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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Counseling, Human Services, 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

213 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Do not get involved with them. I think that all of the positive reviews are set up. This place is horrible. It is not FARR certified which means that they do not meet the States requirements to operate. SLA was a horrible experience for my loved one. I wish that I could take back what happened to my loved one there. It will take years to recover from the trauma.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can honestly say that Sober Living America has saved my life. I struggled with drug abuse and alcoholism for so many years.... I allowed my life to spiral further and further out of control, until finally I was reduced to basically nothing.... I lost my home, my family, my true friends... I had allowed my husband to beat me down, both physically and emotionally. I lost my SELF. When I had nowhere else to go, Sober Living America invited me in and immediately provided a safe, healthy environment in which I could grow and heal, and begin to rebuild my life. The staff have been amazingly supportive and respectful. They truly know and understand the REAL struggles that addicts experience, and are available whenever and wherever their help and expertise are required. I really am truly, eternally grateful to SLA and highly recommend the program to any and every addict that still struggles. Thanks to SLA, my future is bright and once again full of promise.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is outstandingly effective! It's giving me the oppurtuinty to reconnect with what I once lost within myself. Honestly, the way the program works is amazing! Staff is always Respectable. I was at a point, where i lost most of my faith and dignity. Now i can say i have rebuilt my entire mind-set! I could'nt agree more with what the program is trying to do. it has worked tremendously for me and i know it can for you too!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

sober living of america has saved my life. i have been addicted to heroin for 6 years and have been through rehab after rehab. it wasen’t until i came to sober living America did io finally find the answer i have been searching for. I will forever be in debt to this wonderful place for saving my life. I have learned many life skills since i have been here. including what i think would be a must and thats gratitude. sober living America has shown me a new way of life that i will carry forward for the rest of my life. i have learned here that life on lifes terms is sometimes difficult, but now i have been given the tools necessary to succeed. my life will be forever changed. my foundation is now rock solid. instead of the sand i have lived on for years. GOD BLESS SOBER LIVING AMERICA

Client Served

Rating: 5

L. Taylor. sober Living America saved my life. I had tried several recovery programs, and they just didn't work for me. When a counselor told me about sla. I thought why not try it again. being on probation I needed help with all of that, but my lawyer was sent a letter of residency explaining the program and sla. reported my progress monthly to him. SLA. gave me suggestions and the tools to help me in my recovery. They found me employment through one of their staffing agencies, and provided transportation not only to meetings, but also work, shopping,and the food bank. I didn't quite complete the 6 month program, my mom got sick, and I had to go live with her, and help out. But I can truly say because of GOD, SLA, my sponsor, and the fellowship of the program of AA. I am living a healthy and productive life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a lost soul with no value and no reason to live... At least that is what I told myself. After spending over five years fighting overseas and receiving numerous wounds from these battles, I quickly became addicted to Opioids. Upon returning home I was met with a nasty divorce after 18 years of marriage. My life was over. No family, no friends, major addiction, NO HOPE!!. After numerous suicide attempts and many tear filled days, I turned to prayer. Just a few days later I was sent a message from a program telling me there is an answer to my troubles. I was in serious doubt concerning this but decided to look into it. The lady on the phone gave me a great pitch and an address. After a twenty mile walk and then another hour long ride, I arrived at SLA, Marietta. I was met with open arms by people who seemed to be truly concerned for me. They assured me that I didn't have to live that old life anymore and there was hope. Skeptical, I decided to give it a go. I was placed into a community of people in recovery who suffered the same problems as myself. I began to talk to everyone in the community and going to meetings. S.L.A. helped me find work and offered up transport to and from. The staff here became a major lifeline to me, always greeting me with a kind word and a positive attitude. I spent a long, long time, completely broken and lost. I am proud to report to anyone who might read this, that I am 11 months Clean and Sober. Not only am I still at S.L.A., I am proceeding to become a staff member of the very program which is responsible for giving me hope and saving my life in every way. At S.L.A, I learned that all is not lost, and with a little effort and some honest work, happiness, serenity, and sobriety is possible. My very life belongs to S.L.A. and all it stands for. Thank you S.L.A. Keep fighting "The Good Fight".

S.L.A. Resident,
Paul O.

Advisor

Rating: 5


I've been with this program over 6 months now and its made a world of difference in my life. Everyone has noticed a huge change in me, including my family and friends. I've met many other people going through the same things in life and these people have become great friends and we've formed a close knit family among us here. I highly suggest anyone struggling with addiction to visit an SLA in any city to get a fresh start on life and their recovery

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came into Sober Living America October 26th, 2016. I had tried every other possible treatment, detox, and rehab in order to get clean but had been unsuccessful and i was at a point in life where i was ready to give up... Sober living america gave me a clean and safe environment to begin my journey towards sobriety. Though i admittedly didnt want to stay clean at first i learned as my addiction continued to worsen that it was either my life, or my addiction. After a few relapses and heartbreaks i finally gave in and took the suggestions, read the big book, got a sponsor, and successfully worked my steps. If Sober Living America did not give me the chances i needed in order to find the peace in my life i hadnt had for years, i dont believe that id be alive today. Every struggle here has made me into a person happy in his own skin, no longer Restless, Irritable, or discontent i started to see the beauty in life that i had forgotten so long ago. From having no hope, no job, no place to stay...to Being happy joyous and free is exactly what i gained through Sober Living America. If it wasnt for the people on staff in the Atlanta location and the location in Greenville, SC and their constant support and effort to keep everyone on the right path i would never have been blessed with what i have today. I am now coming up on 9 months of sobriety and i dont have the desire to use or drink anymore and with the support group and friends ive made with them i doubt ill ever need to again. Sober Living America quite literally saved my life and for that i am eternally greatful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

SLA Greenville has turned my life around. This program is great. Thank you all for your support and guidance. You gave me my life back and I will always be thankful for that. Big shout out to the staff. Without SLA my family relationships would be in shambles. Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My stay with sober living America has been a very great experience. I have been able to take the time to work on myself, meetings, sponsor, Ect. They have provided everything I need as far as transportation to and from work and meetings. This is and has been a friendly place to be. The staff has been very receptive to my needs and very caring. They have had a genuine concern for my well-being. I definitely have had a more positive outlook on life and on recovery in general since I have been here.

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.