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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

803 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've been here at Spartanburg campus since late March 2020. They have provided a safe, stable and sober community living environment. While they encourage us to maintain a professional work schedule, sobriety comes first. The director has made sure to maintain a personal relationship with each client. Sadly we've seen many leave, but it's been there own doing. Wish for more off campus activities with the guys.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 3

I Moved to get away from alcohol addiction. My addiction knows no zip codes. This has been a 10 year battle. I have lost 3 relatives to addiction. SLA had their doors wide open. All are welcome. I've been here 6 months now. You can get clean & sober here, but first YOU must put in the work. SLA really should have a better screening policy. I've seen some folks that have no business being here. They truly require more mental health care. Van schedules need to be clad iron. Rules are great but need to be put into action for ALL & not case by case unfortunately. Attending outdoor meetings should be priority one. This is best for building a network. Staff are nice & accommodating, but very overworked & less than poverty payment is unacceptable. Guest can work program & become part of staff even with minimum clean time. This is pretty risky. More focus on meeting & work attendance & less on having 'a zero balance'. We came here to get clean & sober, not work & babysit others. You can achieve it if, you stay focused, positive, HONEST, willing and accepting. We didn't choose to be addict⁹s. When guest choose to be assholes, they can leave.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SLA has been a great support toward my recovery. I feel like home when I am here. They really care about your recovery.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Indianapolis - So far my experience here at Sober Living America has been wonderful. I have experienced another chance of life with the help of the wonderful staff and and encouragement to make better life choices which help bring the best out of me. I've been to many places but I have to say this has been the best experience and help I have ever received. Highly recommend this place if your looking to change your life for the better! Two thumbs up for SLA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

S.l.a. is a wonderful program it allows you to focus on sobriety, and also work and gain structure to yourself. It feels great to give my self a second chance and sla allows that

Client Served

Rating: 5

So far it's been great I know a couple of people here so it's good this is gonna be great

Client Served

Rating: 5

sla has helped changed my life for the greater good before sla i was headed to a very dark place and now my life is rapidly getting back on track. being in the sla community where the energy is very beautiful i have not wanted any alcohal or drugs i am completely sober thanks to the program sla has provided and i am very thankful i would recomend sla to anyone who wants to change theyre life for the better

Client Served

Rating: 5

i came here looking for help with my addiction and was welcomed as soon as i called and was greeted with open arms . i am very excited about being here and cant wait to see what the future holds

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 it has been a wonderful experience being here at sparta 2 SLA. This was the best decision I ever made because it saved my life. I would recommend this to anyone out there struggling with addiction

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I ca e to SLA last year in 2019 before the pandemic, need leas to say i left and went back to active addiction after two weeks. At the end of the year i was beat and when i reached out to SLA for help they accepted me back in with open arms.. Now i have a great paying job and a future

Client Served

Rating: 5

SLA is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. as a helpless, hopeless junkie ive tried everything to get clean. in the past, ive gone to treatments and recovery homes and feel like ive been left to fend for myself, and if you dont have money or insurance then forget about it. SLA will let you come in without a dollar to your name and then GIVE you a job AND provide transportation. it truly is a second chance for anyone who wants it.
SLA is the first one that truly seems to have my best interest in mind. they are serious about recovery , which is most important. but in order to recover, i feel like you need to have a sense of purpose. they have that covered with the job etc. 10 out 10 would reccomend for anyone who feels like they are out of options and that they have no hope. SLA will give you hope and the tools to build a better life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been here going on a year and i cant begin to tell you how this place has saved my life. This place is god send for addict about transition in a normal life. This Staff is so professional. Thank you Sober Living America.

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2. Even tho I just got here, I really enjoy it so far. I'm about to start a great job and really excited about my future here. This place rocks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 I absolutely love this place and would recommend to anyone struggling with Addiction or Alcohol. Best decision I could have made for my future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience at SLA has been very rewarding this far.Its helped me tremendously in my attempt to maintain a sober life.i recommended this program to anyone who wants to change their life by living sober.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sober living has given me a multitude of chances and continue to accept me with open arms despite a list of screw ups. I am trying my best and working the program after being in my addiction for so long. I am worn out and tired but I still find the motivation and strive for my recovery thank you Atlanta!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

am so grateful to Sla and what it has provided for me. I am now on staff and I'm loving the relationship i have been cultivating with my Higher Power.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came into SLA a broken man,, Since I have been here i have learned how to live life on life's terms. I have a sponsor and i have just recently completed my 4th step. I am slowly learning who I am. The staff here in Atlanta 1 has been so helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Background: 13 years of drug use, 5 years living with a mental illness.

For the past 4 years of trying to get into and staying in recovery, SLA has done more for me in 4 months than what I could do on my own. I've tried the other rehabs and transitional rehab homes and they never worked for me and even were more restricting. Sober Living America helped me find really good work that I was able to excel in, a good meeting structure, and curriculum that actually gets you to dive deep into and study the AA literature. This program had gotten me closer to being an independent member of society than what I could ever hope to achieve on my own. If it has worked for me, than it can work for you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only has this Organization brought me to the AA 12 Steps, but it has brought me closer to my Higher Power God. The effective interaction between guests, the brotherhood and fellowship that resonates from the community is what “bonds” guests and make them want to “stick and stay”. It is with Discipline and consistency that people are working towards achieving their goals, and making contact again with loved ones. All the while SLA volunteers are there to assist, lead and guide all guests. SLA is the best way of recovery with having an open mind and support. SLA.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a guest here in Richmond and it is has been the best thing I have done for myself. I am about to complete the program in 2 weeks. I have been to a far different place and it didn't work for me. But this program has changed my life forever. I am very grateful to be part of this family. I would not trade this for anything or anyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Janice this program is great it gives you a great opportunity Ina lot of ways come on down join our great family

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a guest at Richmond VA and my name is Brian. I think this is a great place. They have been very warm and nice to me more like making me feel like family . Got me started right with meeting, fellowshiping, and helped me with getting a job. I would recommend this program to anyone that is in need of help. This is the best decision I have made for my self.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sober Living America has really helped me change my life and grow as an individual. I found a whole community if support and encouragement

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been fighting addiction for years. Found out about SLA while I was in rehab. My story is like most, nothing special, lost everything and everyone. SLA is the only place that I have ever felt loved & cared about. I have learned that thru this program, AA & my Lord & Saviour, I have a chance to live a normal life. I'm beginning to get people and things back but most of all I am learning to love myself and listen to God. Thanks to SLA I am still alive and would highly recommend anyone that is struggling with addiction or wants help to check them out...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Billy Farmer and I am an addict. Sept 27 2020 I was truly lost with no hope. Four years in and out of treatment centers trying to get clean but never working the steps of AA and being honest with myself that I was powerless over meth. Then I reached out to Sober living of America a place that I had been to once before but walked away because I hadn't gave up trying it my way yet. Thank God they received me with open arms. I've now completed my first month of the freshman phase which was in Jackson Mississippi and am currently starting my sophmore phase in Spartanberg S.C which is closer to home. I am truly blessed with having this chance and I will forever be greatful to Sober living of America for guiding me thru and helping me see just how important honestly working the steps of AA can begin to change your life dramatically. Thank you Shane Mitchell for accepting me in Jackson Mississippi and getting this old country boy to believe and thank Julious in Spartanberg for accepting me in with open arms to continue this journey. And thank you SLA for all you do helping alcoholics and addicts find a better way!

Client Served

Rating: 1

This program is the most unorganized unwelcoming program I’ve ever been too.they tell you on the phone they will help you get recovery and to meetings and lead you into a relationship with god, but DONT take you to church and do nothing but down you and talk to you like a dog. They pretend to be your friends and act like they care when they truly don’t. They truly need to be shut down.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sla in good way I only been here 2 day so we will see how it goes

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience has been a true blessing of coming into the program so welcomed and with people who are so genuine I truly think it’s going to be a good road ahead of me but I will leave that to my higher power to decide because the best thing yet is letting him lead and guide me on this new journey of recovery because my way has never worked and I just feel as if I’m in the place I need to be

Advisor

Rating: 5

It had changed my life, and save me. Thanks for SLA

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 my experience this time has been awesome i have had a whole turn around this time this program has truly changed my life and im very thankful

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot reiterate how grateful I am for SLA. I'm in Spartanburg, SC and have been at this campus for approximately 14 months. The staff and program have been extremely supportive and the culture is one of family and brotherhood. I would not be where I am in any capacity without this place. Thank you to Julius F. and his staff for affording me an opportunity for a life with living. God bless SLA.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been with sober living America for years. They treat me like family and have always been there for me in my time of need! Great people and staff!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SLA has not only given me a place to grow but has offered me the opportunity to help others. It is amazing to see people change over time and is an honor to now be a part of the process. I owe a lot to this program and what it is trying to do!
Walter Banks

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sober Living America is a program that has not only helped me get back on my feet but has given me the tools to move back into the world and maintain my sobriety. The network I created here will help me well into the future and the community here has been like a family to me. If you're ready to make a change and want to put your all into it this is definitely the place to do it!!
Chris Cook

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jimmy and I am guest at GSB2. My experience here has been life changing. It has been one of the best things I have done for myself. I Would recommend this to anyone who needs help and guidance in life. The staff here is amazing from guest service to the director thanks for the opportunity

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Im in the marietta 2 location and it's been great for me. If you are looking for recovery SLA Is the place great staff great people!!!
Devin Hamilton

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jon Colegrove. I moved to Florida 2 yrs ago to come to Sober living america. Since that time I have gotten a lot of support from the staff at Tampa 1 as they have become my friends and support group. Even through my troubles at several times during this period i have continued to get support. Even when I left S.L.A. voluntarily I was welcomed back when I knew that I needed to come back.
Thanks
Jon Colegrove

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a very good experience things are working out good I learned a lot I'm starting to understand more about me and others through this program and I am a guest at gsb2 I hope I said that right

Client Served

Rating: 5

been clean for 2 and a half years off the needle meth and heroine...my bottom was a super dark bottom... had a recent slip w methadone just to take it for pain..but it wasnt my script.. spent 25 days in hell... found sla and it was a solid chance to get out of my home town that always seems to drag me down...and here i am in atlanta mens 2 making the best out of this decision... so far in this location corey and michael have been awesome... i will have 90 days in just a few more days

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful to SLA Atlanta Men because they have allowed me to get some sort of balance in my life. I have been introduced to a sponsor and the Morning BB study has actually given me insight to this disease of addiction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This experience is the best move I could have ever made in my life this campus treat & show so much respect with actual skilled knowledge that is very helpful in my recovery. I'm greatful to Allah & SLA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jamie and Sal is a great place for recovery. Been very open hearted to me and all the new comes. All in all this has helped me get back to being a better person.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Sober Living America a broken man. My spirit was at zero balance. In sufficient funds. I literally just had the clothes on my back. I just knew that I was tired and desperate for a new way of living. Since being at SLA I followed the suggestions. I prayed, went to meeting,, got a sponsor and did step work. I don't know when I just know something began to happen. I believed that God had something way better for me. I began to like myself. I began to fall in love with recovery. I wanted to recover more than get high. SLA provided a refuge to change everything. If it was about only not getting high I accomplished that 30 days in. Sixty days in yet I quickly learned in order to say I am recovering I had to do some uncovering. See I still had pride, ego,fear, low self esteem, pain, abandonment, loneliness to name a few dictating my life so it was not only about the door. There was prayer and more. Time to get honest with God, myself and another person. It was about doing step work and then living the step work. I dealt with forgiveness of self. Grieving the loss of my daughter. Another aspect is working and paying my fees consistently. I took a job that at the time was the only job available. I stayed and endured. Eventually I was able to get a great job giving back to youth . I see them I see me. I get paid to do this. SLA has been the vessel to position me for success one day at a time. Just for today. I met staff like Jody and Teri Hall who are givers and demonstrated what thinking of others is about. People like Jeff Davis and Robert Johnson who saw greater in me when I could not see it. I try to give what was freely given to me. SLA Charlotte/Greensboro.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a resident here at SLA Greenville, and I want to say that if you're serious about a life change this is the place to be. The director, Wally is a really good guy. I mean he's stern, but he's also fair and gracious come on and help yourself.

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 Have an amazing experience here with the girls! Working hard and living sober life

Client Served

Rating: 5

#Sparta2 I have loved my time here learning about AA and restoring my relationship with God. I have a new found freedom and it is all thanks to this program

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sober Living America has helped me out tremendously with the tools I need for my sobriety. I’m very appreciative and grateful for the opportunity that God has given me in allowing me to find and come to Sober Living America, it’s definitely saved my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 thanks to God I found the best place to recover.The director and all the ladies here I love and getting to know. Thank you SLA

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 SLA saved my life. I came to sla Oct 3rd, 2019 an never been sober before. They showed me a new way to live, how to work a program, get a sponsor, work the steps, and put Gods will before my own will. They helped me get a job an how to hold my self accountable. 6 months later i graduated an got a car. I learned how to be patient an how to be ok w being uncomfortable. Since then i have rekindled my relationship w my family an kids. An in 2 wks i will be moving out n my own apartment working at a good job and having my youngest son who is 14 come move w me. I love 3 hrs away from my 3 older girls but they said change people places an thing an im sick an tired of being sick an tired. Thx u sla for being the building block an help me look forward to my future being healthy an sober.... Keeping it one day at a time!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm Timothy brit, I'm from North Carolina I heard about SLA in South Carolina so they could give me a lot of help from my ilness. they have helped. I've been here about four and a half months things are going really well. They got me a job and get a ride back and forth to work and things been really pretty good for me. They get us to AA meetings and show me how to do my homework in my career. Julias is a great director and he helps me out a lot really a lot. They have been pretty great good to me again things are going really well for 4 months, its helped me alot and I hope I can remain sober the rest of my life but SLA is really great. I would love to share but a lot of the people that it's a really good program its works for me thank you for listening.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Sober living has given me a new chance at rebuilding my life. They've gotten me a stable job, comfortable living quarters, and a renewed commitment to 12-step recovery as a means to becoming self-sufficient in a sober environment. I get to attend lots of AA meetings and am learning to be accountable and disciplined in my life. They've given me a chance when no one else would. I have and will continue to recommend them to anyone trying to get clean and sober and get their lives back together!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I arrived at SLA Spartanburg, I was lost, bewildered and powerless. When I arrived I was met at Greyhound by the Program Director and the driver, and was made to comfortable immediately. When my interview/intake was conducted I was put at ease and explained how SLA worked. It left no doubts in my mind what was required. I was taken to my apartment and introduced to the house senior, who went through the SLA Guidelines with me and explained exactly what was required, and what I could/could not do.
My fellow house guests made me feel at home immediately and I realized that God works in mysterious ways. He found me a Home.
Since arriving at SLA in April 2020 my life has undergone a fantastic transformation. I Adopted the SLA Mission Statement as my own adventure, and I grasped the 12 Step program and my relationship with God as my ALL. Throughout my program I have been supported fantastically by SLA staff and Directors, and I am now thank-full for the people that has referred me to SLA. It is a program worth following, and it has the interest of each guest at heart.
I have joined SLA Staff and I can thank my Higher Power God for giving me the opportunity of being part of such a fantastic, supporting environment.
We have the interest of all our Guest at heart and support them in this Brotherhood and Fellowship.
This is a "HOME FROM HOME" where learn to make amends and to rebuild the bridges we have burnt.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Valerie M. I came to Sober Living America to learn how to live a sober and happy life. When I first got here I was very quiet and to kept to myself. I'm learning and growing each day thanks to SLA. I'm doing great and moving forward in my recovery. I have become a house senior and enjoy the responsibility. I still have struggles but I have a group of staff and friends here always willing to talk and lend a hand. It is a simple program if you want it, do what we have all done that are here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my name is Eric Brown. i came ibto SLA 69 days ago. A broken down individual who knew i needed help . The staff here has helped me grow with my sobriety in many ways . From personal growth to the growth of dealing with other ppl has helped me grow in helping others . The staff here is great .They truly care about my sobriety.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

SLA Charlotte 2 Campus of North Carolina. I came into this campus in March of 2020. My life was completely hopeless and I was completely at my bottom. SLA took me into their program with no insurance,money,or any self worth. I came in with my cloths in hand. I have since started my journey back to living a sober life and way of living in society again. I had to be completely willing to work the program that was outlined for me. At times it seemed like it would not ever get any better and as I became willing to do the work. The staff here, Patrick O'donnell, Cody Motzner, and Kevin Miller have been great with working with me to make positive choices and changes. Life is a journey not a destination, and look forward to graduating from the program in september 2020. A special Thank You to sober Living America for helping me get my life back.... Much Love to the program and the people who have made it possible.... Kiesten Pflugbiel

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 I just want to say that I am so grateful to be here. This is a great program I couldn't ask for a better help for recovery and all the people that work here are great they really care and are a big help so thanks!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 Sober Living America is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has completely changed my life, how I live, and my outlook on everything. Highly recommend

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit took me off the street and fed me helped me get a job and transportation to and from work. Great and caring staff. I went from an EVERY day user to just picking up my 90 days

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to get your life back there's a lot of good people that can guide you on the right track

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in sla Charlotte 2. The staff is very attentive to our needs. We make meetings every night. and It changed my life. I have routine. I work honestly today. Basic life essentials and necessities are here. I believe that the place wouldn't run smoothly if it didnt have the staff they have. The drivers get everyone to and from work on time. We all communicate. and we all are recovering from different walks of life. I wish I could take this place with me when I leave here. Because it has menon track. This is thee longest streak I have been doing well without thinking about my addiction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 I have been in Sober Living America for almost a year and have experienced a great deal of growth. I have been given many resources and tools regarding how to stay sober and have been successful in the program. I have learned how to work a twelve step program and how to implement these steps into my daily life. I have gained a strong network of women and achieved stability in many areas of my life. Sober living America has given me another opportunity at life and I am grateful I have given it the chance to work miracles within me and around me. It has been a significant part of my recovery and a huge stepping stone that has prepared me for the outside world. I have gained much experience, strength and hope with being in this facility and plan on continuing on in the program to ensure longer term sobriety.

Client Served

Rating: 5

#sparta2 I am at the women's campus and have been so blessed to be here. The staff have been so helpful in making sure I am getting adjusted and learning about myself and recovery. I am getting the tools I need to learn how to live life on life's terms. I am so grateful to be here and this program is saving my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like SLA Columbia. The staff is really nice and help me a lot. I like AA and love going to church. I want to continue to learn and grow here. I like living in apartments and I like being around people that are like me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

God is so good. I was looking for a place to go that was centered around God and He led me to Sober Living America. I am in Columbia and I love the apartment style living. The staff is so nice and they helped me get a job and really help me figure out AA nad the core values of the program and why it teaches what it teaches. I really enjoyed the morning meetings and learned a lot. I alos like the fact that they help us go to outtsid meetings so that whenever I graduate I have a netweork.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm in Columbia SLA. I came here 6 months ago with nothing and now I have the tools the life skills i need to be successful in my sobriety. They helped me get a job, the helped me understand the program of AA, and they provided with transportation and resources to get my health in order. I really love it here and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for help, or looking to help themselves.