Beacon Recovery Program


For the health and safety of our patients and staff, building access at all UAB Beacon Recovery locations is restricted to essential medical services onlyAll other services – including assessments, counseling, and case management – will be conducted over the phone until further notice. Click here for more information.

Beacon Recovery is a UAB Medicine-affiliated outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adults and adolescents ages 13-18. We offer a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the individual needs and recovery goals of each patient. To accommodate busy schedules, we offer group sessions in the morning, afternoon, evening, and on the weekend. In addition to group therapy, patients receive individual counseling, connections to community resources, peer recovery support, and family services to help enhance the recovery process.

Most patients complete treatment in 3-6 months. However, we recognize that everyone is different, so we work to customize a recovery plan that best fits each patient and his or her path to recovery. Beacon Recovery also offers early intervention programs for individuals whose substance abuse is in the early stages.

Beacon Recovery’s services include:

  • Offers individual, group, family therapy and education, and aftercare program
  • Adult specialty groups (for grief, trauma, gender-specific, etc.)
  • Specialized treatment for adolescents ages 13-18
  • Beacon Recovery works with experts at UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine
  • Offers opioid-specific interventions with medication-assisted treatment
  • Helps connect you to community resources (housing, medical care, mental health services, etc.)
  • Certified Peer Recover Support Specialists on staff

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Beacon Recovery follows evidence-based practice models and partners with a network of community treatment providers, including the UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine, for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of patients with opioid use disorders. Eligible patients have the option to receive treatment and medication (such as Vivitrol, Suboxone, or Subutex) from a UAB physician at no additional cost during active treatment at Beacon Recovery.


Beacon Recovery does not accept private insurance. Program fees range from $0 to $135 per month and are set based on a sliding scale, depending on household income. There is no cost for treatment for individuals with full Medicaid coverage. The initial assessment is free – regardless of income – and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.

Group Schedules

Meeting schedules vary depending on a variety of factors, but in general, adults meet in group sessions 2-4 times per week for 2-3 hours per day. Adolescent groups meet 1-3 days per week for 2.5 hours per day (outside of school hours). Schedules for all patients depend on the type of group to which you are assigned and are supplemented by individual counseling appointments that are set by the patient and counselor.

Getting Started

Walk-ins are accepted Monday-Friday from 9-10 am, or call (205) 917-3733 ext. 103 for an appointment.


Each person’s journey and path to recovery is unique. At Beacon Recovery, a counselor meets individually with each patient to discuss individual needs and recovery goals. A thorough diagnostic substance use assessment is completed to help identify the best level of care and ensure that the most appropriate treatment recommendation is made. Once the assessment is finished, the counselor will review treatment options with the patient and address any questions or concerns. Patients who need services beyond those offered by Beacon Recovery will be connected with or referred to the appropriate community resource/treatment provider.