ABOUT ADATC - PEARSON HALL
Pearson Hall, named for celebrated Alabama judge J. Richmond Pearson, is one of three treatment centers operated by Birmingham's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers (ADATC). From a quiet street on the outskirts of Birmingham, Ala., the center offers medically supervised detox for the indigent community and short-term residential care for adult men and women who are struggling with substance misuse. Pearson Hall is one of only three Alabama facilities (2.3 percent) to offer detox services in a residential setting.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The facility offers a traditional program, including individual, group, and family counseling. During the day, there are also educational lectures and film screenings. In its admissions process, ADATC prioritizes pregnant IV drug and substance users and IV users. The facility's website indicates that psychiatric services are available, but does not indicate whether this is on a referral basis, or on-site.
To promote total wellness, clients are enrolled in nutritional and fitness programs to improve recovery. ADATC also stresses the importance of family involvement. Pearson Hall can arrange assistance with childcare for parents in need of detox.
According to a 2018 SAMHSA survey, only 2.3 percent of rehabs in Alabama offer child care services. A family program is also available to help family members with any issues during the recovery process. It includes individual counseling, informational lectures, films, and group meetings.
The facility also offers support through an aftercare program, which offers weekly group sessions. Clients are encouraged to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. Family members are also encouraged to attend these meetings to assist alumni in maintaining their sobriety.
The facility's website notes that services are provided by "medical and counseling staff," but does not list credentials. According to its website, however, ADATC is certified by the Alabama Department of Mental Health. To date, the four individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com praised the facility's staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.8/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photographs published on the facility's website show sparse common areas and simple, shared bedrooms with twin beds. Though no further information is given by the website, five individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly high ratings to relevant categories.
Exercise and Leisure: 3.4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the four reviews received by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, three were positive and one was negative. One reviewer, K.G., wrote in a representative review, "awesome learning experience." Positive reviewers gave four- or five-star ratings (out of five stars) to most categories evaluated, including holistic offerings, cleanliness, and staff training. The lone negative reviewer simply wrote, "It was horrible."
On Facebook, the facility earned 3.4 out of five stars from 10 reviews to date. A number of reviewers were grateful to the staff and credited it with their long-term recovery.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three reviews submitted to Rehabs.com from loved ones were mostly positive. Each of the three reviewers gave the facility four out of five stars or higher for its family program, holistic options, and overall treatment effectiveness.
Praise was awarded to the hands-on approach to treating clients and the facility’s cleanliness. However, one reviewer wrote: “Some of the treatments are not what I think they should’ve been,” though they did not give further details.
The facility’s website indicates that the company accepts insurance. Information listed for the Zukoski Center, an associated treatment facility run by the same organization, indicates that that center accepts Medicaid and charges on a sliding fee scale based on the client’s income and expenses. The Zukoski Center’s website also indicates that no one is denied services on the basis of their inability to pay.
According to a 2018 SAMHSA survey, 62.1 percent of rehabs in Alabama accept Medicaid, 62.9 percent offer a sliding fee scale, and 58.3 percent offer treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay. The five individuals polled to date on the matter appreciated the facility's cost.
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