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Sober Living America Inc

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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 15 locations in the Southeast and housing more than 800 residents, Sober Living America strives to provide a hand up for those who want a sober, productive life.

Results: 80,000 Families Served 15 Locations 800 Beds Serving over 5,000 families annually

Target demographics: homeless/destitute suffering with substance abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000families suffering the pains of addiction

Geographic areas served: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North & South Carolina, Tennessee

Programs: Housing, education (recovery, spiritual, and life skills), Jobs programs, transportation services

Community Stories

247 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Eric and I came to SLA addicted to heroin and synthetic marijuana. I used whatever I could get my hands on. I finally got to my breaking and called SLA from home in Albany, GA. I talked to a person at the call center and there choice sounded familiar. It turned out to be a childhood friend of mine who also suffered from addiction issues but had since found a new way of life and was actually working for Sober Living America. This was very encouraging to me because I know that she used the way I used and if this had worked for her it might just work for me. I came to the Lawrenceville location and tried to make a change. I did not take full advantage of all of their services offered and I relapsed. I have since tried again fully accepting myself as an addict for the first time and have found a level of sobriety and peace I never thought possible. The fight is not over though. I have the day that I am living in to stay sober. But with the help of SLA and a God of my understanding I hope to stay sober for the rest of my life one day at a time.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came into this program three and a half months ago looking for a better way of living. I was warmed welcomed. I was introduced to AA for the first time. Right then I new I was in the right place. Started working the steps. I have had a spiritual awaking. Some days are better than others. I thank SLA for showing me a different way of life!


Volunteer

Rating: 5

Im actually im 120 days in the program. Its has changed my life in so many ways, still is. Im grateful that i made the right choice and became a part of sober living america Atlanta Womans!! I love it couldnt ask for a better place to be in soberity with alot of amazing women!! -Lori Recovering Addict in Atlanta Womens!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SLA works hard to help people leaving detox who are vulnerable and in very early recovery, move towards long term recovery. They go above and beyond to help any person who wants recovery but may not have a safe place to go due to lack of finances or support. There are many people that would have to return to the street/unsafe/AOD filled environments if SLA wasnt available for them. They are flexible and easy to work with due to their offering different options for people who do or do not have money or resources to get help. Thanks to all of the staff who work so hard to accommodate people who have little to no hope for their future! SLA is a place where my clients can find the hope they’ve lost through their disease.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came into this program 3 months ago not knowing anyone. As soon as I came to the Atlanta women's I was greeted by the community and it touched my heart when they said welcome home. I opened up in more ways than I though I could being here. Thanks to the director Eryka Thompson, and her staff I plan on staying longer than I thought I was going to stay.

Brittany C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sober Living America Atlanta Womens is a great place for me and my recovery. It has given me all the tools and resources needed to achieve great things in life. I have been introduced to several AA and NA meetings in my area to attend through Sober Living America. Eryka Thompson is a great leader and is ways there to listen when I need her. Her and Cassy Fausett also gave me the resources and tools needed for me to start my mental health services here in Atlanta. I am so grateful to this program and the people who run it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m truly grateful for the second chance at life and the opportunity to make something of my life that Sober Living Jacksonville has given me. I had reached a point in my life where I had nothing or nobody to turn to and it was either get sober or continue living my demoralizing existence. Sober Living Jacksonville has given me the tools to be able to live life on life’s terms and I am able to build a foundation for a life worth living. I’ve been to several treatment centers in the past but something about the community at this place is special and none like any other place I’ve ever been to. Through help of the amazing director and other incredible staff I am able to piece what was my life back to a place I never thought possible. I owe my life to this place. Thank you Sober Living Jacksonville! Jennifer Walters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I arrived at Sober Living America, I was in bad shape. I had nothing left but a little bit of hopes to get better and to get my life back in order. This place helped me do that and in such a small time frame too. They helped me get a job, get plugged into recovery, and build a network. Today I have 4 months clean and sober, and don't know what would have happened to me without Sober Living America. I owe my sobriety to them and of course my higher power too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to SLA Charlotte NC, I was very grateful for this program and the people who are running it, my life was at my rock bottom and they helped me become the person i was ment to be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so happy I’m apart of Atlanta Women community! My life has completely changed. My family trusts me and my kids are back in my life! I learned how to get sober and stay sober! Thank you for the wonderful transformation in my life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Sober Living America broken and desperate. I was picked up by staff inspired and given a new life with a new way of thinking. I am now rebuilding relationship, making new relationships and actually LIVING!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Matt Smeenk
Sober Living America is an excellent program for anyone looking to take the first step in recovery. They offer all of the tools necessary to work a program and stay sober. Great people and amenities

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had completed a detox program for heroin/Suboxone and wasn't strong enough to return home and be around all the influences. SLA in Greenville was an answer to our prayers. It was exactly what she needed. We love the staff there and the facilities are great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In my 30 years of on going active addiction. I have been to four other treatment centers. All past visits to different treatment centers were educational but they were not really what I needed in my personal recovery. I left my home town of Florida with out knowing a thing about Sober Living America. Had not seen a website or reviews of the place. Just showed up broke financially and mentally and spiritually. To my surprise I was welcomed with a friendly staff. They made me feel welcomed and wanted. This place gave me a safe environment to live in and gave me the tools needed in a 12 step program and spirituality to succeed. The facilities were good and staff to get me back employed with a job and to meetings. I think Sober Living is a good fit for anyone willing to take charge in there recovery. You find work, recovery and a fun atmosphere to get sober in. I would recommend it to those who are ready for a life change in the right direction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was up to my old tricks. Once again I was on the verge of losing everything that I had worked for. Everything that meant anything to me. Once again I was scattering the remnants of the house of cards I had been so diligently working on like a child scattering his favorite toys across his room. I could not stop using. I tried to do it for everyone else except for me. My mother, my wife, my friends. I wanted to change desperately, I just didn't have the wherewithal to achieve such a seemingly daunting task without direction. So, I reached out to Sober Living of America one night with tears in my eyes and reckless abandon in my heart. I spoke with a gentleman named Jordan who was the complete opposite of everyone I had spoken with at any other treatment center or facility. He was empathetic and was in recovery himself and not only seemed to genuinely care about my situation, but was very knowledgeable as well. I immediately felt like it could work. I packed my things and moved to the Atlanta facility that Friday. At first I was afraid. I was afraid of the unknown. I was afraid of being out of my comfort zone. I was afraid of myself. The staff were more than accommodating. They were knowledgeable, honest and genuinely seemed happy. This was a foreign concept to me. Happiness without chemicals? There must be something to this. So, I applied myself. I followed the coaching of the knowledgeable staff and got myself a sponsor, a home group, a network and delved head first into the Big Book. It wasn't easy at first. I had to learn to rewire my brain. I had to learn to let go of my crutches and stand on my own again. After a couple of months I transferred to the Lawrenceville facility to be closer to my family. I was nervous at first thinking that I wouldn't have thee same kind of support or that the staff wouldn't be as empathetic or diligent as the previous facilities, but that couldn't have been further from the truth. The director here made me instantly feel welcomed and cared about and the brotherhood here is unmatched. Everyone is working towards the same goal; to be the best versions of ourselves. It works if you work it. It's not easy changing your non working behaviors, but the staff and residents will treat you as family if you are working to better yourself. I didn't just get taught how to get my stuff, my family or my life back. I was taught HOW to live. This is an easy 5 stars for me.

Jody H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I have been apart of SLA Clearwater my life has changed. I was heading for destruction In all areas of my life especially addiction. SLA brought me in to there sober living program, provided me a great place to live, a job, plug me into a 12 step program and fellowship. I've also been able to get closer to my higher power God. I have been in several programs through the years of my addiction and SLA is hands down the best place I've been when it comes to given me the best fighting chance to stay sober one day at a time. I highly recommend SLA to all who are looking for help in breaking the bondage of addiction in there life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a current resident at Sober Living America in Atlanta and I truly owe my life to this facility. Not only did they help get me released from jail, they have kept me on a path that is not only helping me to survive – but to thrive. I am genuinely happy and healthy, my relationship with my family has drastically improved, and the friends I’m making here are built on a sober foundation and they are true relationships I’ve never known.
I’m so thankful for SLA and the life I’m leading now. I know that anyone that wants to change their life can be successful here

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MY son has been at SLA since October 2017 and it has changed his life. We tried 4 different rehab facilities in the past starting in Sept 2010 with no success. I understand that the addict has to want to change their life in order for any rehab facility to make a difference, but the I can attest to the fact that SLA has saved my son's life. I have no doubt that he would have died at some point from an overdose if he had not found SLA. It has been the right combination for him.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sober Living America has been a great foundation for recovery for me. Obviously everyone will not have the same experience, but just like anything else in life, the effort put in will determine the progress. Staff is exceptionally experienced and always willing to offer helpful advice. I would strongly recommend the SLA program to any friend or family member seeking recovery from alcoholism and/or drug addiction!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a child when I realize what addiction was. No person should ever have to feel those feelings. I for one have seen my friends and loved ones struggle on a daily basis with addictions of all sorts. When my brother entered sober living America he entered it with an opened heart after going through a detox program. He continue to make great strides. Fell off course quite a few times but never gave up. And still to this day is fighting for his sobriety and understanding of his higher power. I count my blessings daily for sober living America and all the folks that contribute to this program. And I am blessed for all the people that I have meet through this program and have gained so much knowledge and great friendships.