Addiction Recovery

The UAB Medicine Addiction Recovery program offers an individualized approach to the assessment and treatment of alcohol and substance dependence. In addition to providing addiction treatment for the general public, our program is one of only two recognized for doctors in Alabama and one of only three for all other healthcare professionals in the state.

Our staff is comprised of licensed and certified counselors and social workers who work individually and in groups with patients to provide thoughtful and caring treatment of addiction. We offer confidential evaluations to discuss the treatment options available through our program. Our medical director will meet with you personally to determine the best level of care to meet your needs.

Our core program for all patients includes daily group therapy and lecture/didactics, recreational therapy five days a week, family sessions, weekly individual therapy sessions, psychological and psychiatric evaluation as needed, and discharge planning at the end of the treatment period.

We offer both residential inpatient and outpatient treatment. Many of our patients have been successfully treated in our outpatient program, which allows an individual to attend therapy from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. This enables patients to meet family obligations while still receiving treatment.

Additional Information

Assessment Services 

To ensure individualized care, our team of specialists conducts a comprehensive evaluation of each patient. Following the assessment, our medical director decides upon the appropriate level of care for the individual and determines which additional services would be beneficial.

Levels of Care

  • The Detoxification Program provides patients with medically monitored detoxification 24 hours a day. Patients also participate in therapeutic activities to begin recovery. Once patients are medically and emotionally stable, they are transitioned into a less restrictive level of care.
  • The Recovery Stabilization Unit provides a 24-hour safe environment of protected abstinence and care focused on preventing relapses.
  • The Partial Hospitalization Program combines elements of outpatient and inpatient treatment. While learning to cope without mood-altering substances, patients attend structured activities during the day and return to their home environments at night.
  • The Intensive Outpatient Program is scheduled to allow the individual to work and attend to other obligations while pursuing recovery.
  • The aftercare program offers continued support for up to two years. Outcome studies show that patients who participate in aftercare programs have fewer relapses.



Clinical Trials

UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Addiction Recovery. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information on clinical trials at

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