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A New Beginning Recovery Center

122 Helton Court, Florence, Alabama, 35630
A New Beginning provides women with a nurturing and safe space to begin the recovery process, while also giving them the resources necessary to build a strong foundation for long-term sobriety. Situated in northwest Alabama — amidst a vibrant and active recovery community — the drug and alcohol treatment center has restored the lives of many chemically dependent women, empowering them to break free from the vicious cycle of addiction and become productive (and happy!) members of society.

Facility Highlights

  • Pool
  • YMCA
  • Vocational Rehab


  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Olivia Ikerd, ICADC
    Olivia Ikerd, ICADCProgram Coordinator
    Olivia received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of North Alabama in 1998. She became passionate about helping women reach and sustain sobriety after spending time volunteering in the recovery community when she became sober. Olivia is dedicated to provided a comprehensive continuum of services promoting recovery that enables substance abuse clients to fully integrate into society as a healthy, substance-free individual.
  • Lucie Bowen, ICADC
    Lucie Bowen, ICADCExecutive Director
    Lucie is a Certified Addictions Professional as well as an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Lucie has more than 18 years as an addiction therapist in a variety of settings. Her compassion for helping others comes from her personal experience as well as experience with family and friends. She lives on-site confirming her desire to break the cycle of addiction and help women live up to their God-given potential. Lucie believes that love is a powerful antidote for addiction and feels compelled to establish a safe and nurturing atmosphere for women. That vision, along with Lucie’s dedication and hard work, is what started A New Beginning and helps make it the dynamic and growing program it is today.

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Located in Florence, Ala., A New Beginning provides long-term residential treatment for women struggling with substance use disorder. It's among the 31 percent of treatment facilities in the state to provide programming that's specifically tailored to women.


A New Beginning operates two locations: Helton Court in downtown Florence and a facility 10 miles outside of Florence, called Country Living. Clients stay at Helton Court for at least the first month of treatment, then move to Country Living for the remainder of their stay, which can last anywhere from six months to a year. A New Beginning is among the 14 percent of non-hospital facilities in Alabama to offer residential programming that lasts longer than 30 days.

Treatment includes individual counseling, group therapy, and 12-step meetings, as well as holistic activities such as yoga classes. There are also life skills workshops, and mothers can take a 16-week parenting class.

In addition, a core component of treatment at A New Beginning is vocational training which teaches clients job skills to make them successful in the job force. In 2017, 37.2 percent of treatment facilities in Alabama offered employment counseling or training for its clients.


A New Beginning's treatment team includes a certified addictions professional and a certified peer support specialist. To date, the four individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com about the staff appreciated their effectiveness.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5


Helton Court houses residents in shared bedrooms with twin beds and dressers. Clients are required to complete chores and are not allowed to bring cell phones or computers. The facility provides each client with a membership to the YMCA. To date, the four individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com concerning amenities approved of the amount of exercise opportunities.

Exercise and Leisure: 4/5


All of the five alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave A New Beginning highly positive feedback, praising the facility for its effective programming and compassionate staff. "They are wonderful counselor and their staff is awesome. they are all in recovery and they show you how to change not just tell you," Connie wrote in a representative review.

The facility also earned a five-star review on Google[1], as well as a 4.4 out of five star rating based on the opinions of 25 individuals on Facebook, which the facility may manage[2]. The majority of former clients who left feedback described the program as a helpful, supportive, and nurturing environment for recovery. "A new beginning saved my life!!! It's an Amazing place that taught me to take responsibility for my own actions! They are the most loving people I have ever met," Brandy wrote in a representative review on Facebook.


The majority of loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date (five out of six) also gave A New Beginning positive feedback and reported that their family members were successful in the program. "This program was exactly what my adult daughter needed at the "right" time. The program was very structured and focused. It truly helped put her on her track of sobriety," Rebecca wrote in a representative review.

Offering high four and five-star ratings for the facility's holistic options, staff experience, family participation, and discharge planning, loved one Jennifer wrote: "It works if the addict is truly willing to get well."


According to the facility's website, the program costs $700 per month and charges a one-time $300 admission fee. The facility accepts credit and debit cards but does not include information about insurance on its website.

[1] GoogleReviews

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