• ​It is the policy of The Shoulder that the potential client must call to schedule the assessment himself. This demonstrates readiness for treatment.
  • ​​We will not turn a client away solely on ability to pay for treatment.
  • ​We are not a medical facility and cannot admit someone who needs medical supervision during detoxification
  • Clients are required to be detoxified from drugs and alcohol prior to admission to any of our programs.

Other Requirements

  • Clients must present a work-ready physical from a doctor
  • Clients must have a current (within 6 months) TB test
  • ​If client intends to operate a vehicle while in residence, current registration and proof of insurance must be provided. 
  • ​Clients must have and maintain full time (40 hours per week) employment


An assessment must be completed prior to receiving treatment. There is a $50 fee for assessments. 

Special considerations will always be made regarding priority populations including the following in the following order:

  • Individuals who are pregnant and have IV(intravenous) substance use disorders
  • Individuals who are pregnant and have substance use disorders
  • Individuals who have IV substance use disorders
  • Women with dependent children
  • Individuals who are HIV positive
  • All others with substance use disorder


  • Individuals who are local to Baldwin and Mobile counties are welcome to schedule an assessment for services.
  • If you are not local to the Baldwin and Mobile county areas, you will need to contact the mental health department in your county to schedule a substance abuse assessment.
  • The facility may fax the assessment to The Shoulder to determine if this is an appropriate place for treatment. 

 Program Overview

For program questions or to schedule an assessment, call 251-626-2199


If you are incarcerated, please contact The Shoulder at 251-626-2199 to schedule an assessment.