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Resources for Families of Those Suffering from Substance Abuse and Addiction

Jul 26, 2018

Health care professionals and community groups are hearing more and more often from family members of those who suffer from substance abuse and addiction. I believe it is a mistake to assume that addiction is simply the result of voluntary involvement in recreational abuse of alcohol and other drugs. It is almost always more complicated than that. Often, these problems are related to other mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. In other cases, addiction develops during medical treatment for chronic pain.

The process of finding good professionals services, including assessment and treatment is complex and frustrating.

We want to make you aware of new resources for families experiencing these problems.

  • Free 12-Week Education/Support Group.

    The Addiction Prevention Coalition, The Moore Institute, THRIVE BIRMINGHAM, and Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) are co-sponsoring a free 12-week group providing education and support for parents, spouses, and siblings of those suffering from substance abuse. The group begins Thursday, September 6th from 6:30-8:00 PM and will run every Thursday for 12 weeks.

    For more information, contact Art Wimberly at (205) 616-8867 or email [email protected]
  • The Recovery Resource Center

    The Recovery Resource Center is a new collaborative initiative dedicated to simplifying the process of navigating a confusing and overwhelming substance abuse treatment system by providing a central point of information. The center’s staff and volunteers have the expertise to answer questions, initiate the treatment process, and make referrals as needed. 

    Services include assessment, referral, and information. Professionals make in-house consultations to assist the referral process.  Walk-ins are accepted but calling ahead or making an appointment is encouraged. Assessments may take up to 2 hours to complete; therefore, they suggest arriving before 2:30pm.

    Recovery Resource Center
    1515 6th Avenue South

    Birmingham, AL 35233
    Phone: (205) 458-3377
    Hours: 8:30am-5pm

    Website (includes FAQ and a resource guide):



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