Sobering Center

October 14, 2020 @ 5:00pm


Photo Credit Courtesy Lisa Hause Photography

The Sobering Center

Serving Austin & Travis County

Photo Credit Courtesy Geoff Duncan Photography

Sobering Center Adds New Executive Director

Laura E. Sovine, LMSW-AP

Photo Credit Courtesy Geoff Duncan Photography

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 has upended the lives of millions across the globe. In response to this pandemic, The Sobering Center has implemented new procedures in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we come together as a community to combat the virus, we are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our clients and staff. Below are some of the safety measures we are taking as an organization:

  • All individuals who enter the Sobering Center are subject to temperature checks.
  • Masks must always be worn in the facility at all times when not eating and/or drinking.
  • All clients upon arrival will be given a mask to wear. Wearing a mask is a mandatory part of staying and failure to keep it on can be a reason for discharge.
  • All clients are be placed 6 feet part
  • There will be a thorough cleaning of all client contact spaces.
  • All work areas are wiped down every few hours.

For more information about COVID-19, visit

Our Reviews & Ratings

HOST Rocks
18:56 16 Jun 20
17:29 16 Jun 20
20:58 13 Nov 19
Good people
05:51 28 Oct 19
22:11 27 Oct 19
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

Why A Sobering Center?

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Our Mission

The Sobering Center Austin provides a safe environment for publicly intoxicated individuals to sober up and, when appropriate, initiate recovery.

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Our Impact

It aims to enhance public health and public safety by providing an alternative to the emergency room and jail

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Who it’s for?

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The Sobering Center Austin is for persons who meet the legal definition of intoxication. Individuals may only be referred and transported to the facility by law enforcement or emergency medical services. It is not a place where friends or family members can bring someone to sober up.

Patients Served

*as of October 7, 2020

Dallas MSA 13.9%
Houston MSA 14.9%
Texas 14.6%
US 14.7%




Why We Need It?

Austin has the highest per capita mixed beverage receipts in the State of Texas. The prevalence of binge drinking amongst Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area adults has been consistently and notably higher than Texas and U.S. binge drinking averages, according to Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data.

What is Binge Drinking?

For men, 5 or more drinks consumed on one occasion. For women 4 or more drinks consumed on one occasion.

Binge Drinking Kills…

Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States accounting for an estimated average of 80,000 deaths and 2.3 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) during 2001—2005. Binge drinking accounted for more than half of the excessive alcohol consumption deaths and two thirds of the YPLL.

Drinking too much contributes to injuries and diseases including…

Unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning) Intentional injuries (e.g., rearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence) Alcohol poisoning; HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases Cardiovascular, liver, diabetes diseases

Drug and alcohol dependence is a serious public health issue

Deteriorates individual’s health Negative quality of life Negative financial impact on the city, county, EMS and law enforcement

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