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What is the Sobering Center?

The Sobering Center enhances public health and safety by providing a safe place for publicly intoxicated individuals to sober up as an alternative to the emergency room or jail and, where appropriate, to provide a bridge to recovery.

Our Impact

Substance use disorder (SUD) and alcohol use disorder are the leading causes of preventable illness and early death. About 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment. The Sobering Center provides counseling to those who identify or meet the criteria for SUD. The misuse of alcohol or other drugs could lead to personal consequences due to increased risky behaviors and ultimately lead to entry into the criminal justice or medical systems. Our organization provides the essential service of diverting publicly intoxicated individuals from such systems and provides direct intervention to assist that 90% in getting the help they need.

Referring to the Sobering Center

Currently, individuals can be taken to the Sobering Center by way of a local police department, ambulance, or hospital. The Sobering Center also has formal referral partnerships with several local community based organizations.

Creating a Healthy Community

The Sobering Center does not provide treatment for mental health or substance use disorder, but rather serves as a hub and connector for the individualized needs for the people we serve. Be apart of the action by joining our team.

Staying Connected

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Better than going to jail, I tell you what
16:35 03 Nov 20
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20:58 13 Nov 19
Good people
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17:21 20 Aug 19
Really great people. Helped me stay safe. I want to thank the two APD officers who got me here. Really grateful. I have an alcohol problem and for them to not throw me in jail and send me to a sobering center instead really gives me hope that a the system is improving and looking out for the people with more empathy. l am going to go 30 days without alcohol and go from there. Thank you guys for everything. Truly.
08:20 28 Jun 19
I have never used this place for my personal use but have used their services in other ways. I love them. This place has been needed in Austin for decades and it's finally here. They do a great job helping people get sober in the short term as well as the long term. The people who work here are very friendly and professional. If you find yourself in Austin needing help with drug or alcohol addiction, these people can help.
12:26 19 Mar 19
Really great to have this to save people and taxpayers vs jails.
14:50 12 Feb 19
more caring and saves money for clients and citym
20:53 30 Dec 18
A safe place for people to go when impaired that is less expensive than an Emergency Department and has none of the life long consequences of the jail.
23:28 25 Nov 18
Compassionate, local, innovative, cost and life-saving. A great program for any community to learn from and model. Austin can be proud of this! A++ from me!
22:57 02 Nov 18