about us
The Shoulder has outpatient facilities in both Spanish Fort and Foley, Alabama. Our residential
facility is located in Spanish Fort.
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Spanish Fort is located just off Interstate 10, near Mobile Bay. Foley is located on Highway 59 about
20 minutes south of Interstate 10. Both locations are a short drive to Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL.

The Shoulder currently has capacity for 20 residential clients and numerous outpatient clients.
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History                                                       
The Shoulder was founded in 1988 as a Christian, 12-Step based, 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation.
Physicians and other members of the community recognized the need for a substance abuse
treatment center in South Alabama which would serve those with low or no income. These individuals
raised funds primarily from the local community to buy an abandoned Holiday Inn near Spanish Fort,
Ala.

From 1988 to 2005, The Shoulder operated on Battleship Parkway between Mobile and Baldwin
Counties, Ala.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed nearly every tangible object owned by The
Shoulder, including the 38,000 square foot building.

As the only residential treatment center in Baldwin County, the State of Alabama recognized the
severe need for the continuation of The Shoulder’s program, and offered a temporary solution.

In September 2005, The Shoulder staff began renovating a partially-abandoned, state-owned
building in Daphne, Ala. The Shoulder programs re-opened to clients on Oct. 3, 2005 in that facility.
In late 2011 we opened an outpatient office in Foley. In June 2012 the residential program moved to
a new facility in Spanish Fort, and began offering outpatient services in that location as well. The
Shoulder finally has a permanent home for the first time since 2005.
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The Shoulder is a private, nonprofit, Christian drug and alcohol treatment center

The Shoulder offers day and evening treatment options for men and women

The Shoulder is certified by the Alabama Department of Mental Health. Our counselors are certified,
and our standards are among the highest in the treatment field.

The Shoulder follows the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for
recovery from both alcohol and drug addictions. If possible, potential clients are encouraged to begin
attending a Twelve Step meeting in their community prior to entering The Shoulder.  

Family members can also begin helping their loved ones today by attending community
Al-Anon Family
Groups and Co-Dependents Anonymous meetings.

The Shoulder emphasizes the spiritual dimension of recovery. The Shoulder focuses on recovery as a
process of restoring the broken harmony of the mind, body and spirit that exists in people with addictive
problems.

The Shoulder helps those who are lost in addiction find their way back to life and health through
lasting sobriety.
Before and after
Hurricane Katrina,
August 2005.
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