The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center – Birmingham

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center – Birmingham


For more than 100 years, the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) have offered residential treatment services free of charge to adults struggling with chemical dependency. In Arizona, there are only four organizations that offer services for free. The Tucson, Ariz., location offers emotional, spiritual, and social assistance for men and women. Detox services are not offered onsite. However, the center can make arrangements with community partners before admittance, if detox is necessary.


The treatment program at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (SAARC) in Tucson is faith-based focusing on Christian beliefs. Clients are required to take part in Christianity-influenced treatment methods including worship services and mentorship, although clients of any faith can participate. Throughout treatment, clients will participate in worship services, Bible study, and non-religious activities including vocational training and work therapy.

Vocational training is provided through the organization’s work therapy program. Only 38.6% of U.S. treatment facilities offer some form of job training. Clients work in the Salvation Army’s Thrift Stores as cashiers, floor staff, and warehouse staff members. This serves as a place to learn new job skills, a way to work through treatment with productive activities, and a way of supporting the program.

To be admitted into the Tucson ARC treatment program, individuals must have a clean drug test and pass a breathalyzer test. feedback suggested treatment lasted longer than 90 days, making it one of Arizona’s 73 long-term treatment programs. Clients are provided with free housing, meals, and transportation between the facility and work.

The Tucson ARC’s faith-based treatment program emphasizes spiritual wholeness as the key to sustained recovery. Along with participation in spiritual activities, such as worship services and Bible Study, residents also participate in individual and group therapy sessions.

To ensure residents are equipped for self-sufficient living once discharged, the Tucson ARC also emphasizes work as a key component to rehabilitation. All residents receive various work therapy assignments as part of their treatment. Recreational activities also factor into treatment.


The staff at the SAARC is comprised of counselors and group leaders. Administrative specialists help run the stores, and many of the programs offered by the Salvation Army are run by volunteers. Some of these volunteers serve as mentors to other participants in the program. The sole alum polled by to date rated staff’s level of experience and training four out of five stars.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the sole alum polled by to date gave four stars for the facility’s overall cleanliness and upkeep.


The sole alum polled by to date offered positive feedback regarding the facility, including providing four out of five stars or higher for the amount of staff support, respect shown to clients, ability to solve conflict, and the effectiveness of group counseling. “It isn’t the the “Country Club” style rehab centers but it is free and they do give you the tools to leave drug free,” the alum wrote.

On Google reviews, Salvation Army Tucson received an average of five out of five stars from five reviewers to date.[1] Three of the five reviews indicated that the program was life-changing or life-saving.


While has yet to receive feedback from loved ones to date, one reviewer on Google wrote: “This place saved my brother’s life. Now he works there. Thank you.!!”


On Indeed, Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, as a whole, earned an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars from 101 reviewers to date.[2] While employees noted mediocre pay and a lack of advancement opportunities, most indicated that it was a “great place to work.”


Residential treatment at the Tucson ARC is free of charge since it is supported by donations as well as the profits from the thrift stores.


The Salvation Army continuously provides support for people in need through various programs. In many cases, the organization focuses on disenfranchised communities. To help, the Salvation Army provides assistance with school supplies and meals for children, as well as trying to bring awareness to the issues faced by people with few if any resources.

[1] GoogleReviews

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center – Birmingham Reviews

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  • It was free program and they were able to admit me in a very short period of time. It isn't the the "Country Club" style rehab centers but it is free and they do give you the tools to leave drug free...if you want it. It is a very hard program but for me was well worth it. I even stayed for an additional 6 months after actually completing the program while I found work and saved money to move out on my own.