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.
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.