Deaf Friendly Addiction Treatment Programs

Last Edited: September 27, 2020

Patricia Howard, LMFT, CADC

Clinically Reviewed

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and certified by an addiction professional.

Substance abuse occurs as frequently in the deaf population as it does within hearing communities. In fact, it’s often with heavier use. Unfortunately, deaf-friendly addiction treatment can be hard to find. Locating American Sign Language (ASL)-friendly support groups can be equally as challenging.

We’re going to tell you what you need to know about substance abuse in the deaf community. Additionally, we can help you find detox, treatment or meetings near you.

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2020 Elmwood Ave
Warwick RI 02888
Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services is a nonprofit addiction treatment facility that provides a safe and stable environment for our clients to lear...
4330 Elmore Street
Anchorage AK 99508
Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc (Ernie Turner Center) situated at 4330 Elmore Street, Anchorage, AK 99508, United States is a drug rehab program supplyi...
1709 Bragaw Street
Anchorage AK 99508
Salvation Army (Clitheroe Center) located at 1709 Bragaw Street, Anchorage, AK 99508, United States is a drug rehab center providing substance abuse t...
1027 Evergreen Street
Fairbanks AK 99709
Womens and Childrens Center for (Inner Healing) located at 1027 Evergreen Street, Fairbanks, AK 99709, United States is a drug treatment facility prov...
3250 Hospital Drive
Juneau AK 99801
Rainforest Recovery Center (Bartlett Regional Hospital) located at 3250 Hospital Drive, Juneau, AK 99801, United States is a drug rehab center providi...
3050 5th Avenue
Ketchikan AK 99901
Gateway Center for Human Services (Substance Abuse Services Division) located at 3050 5th Avenue, Ketchikan, AK 99901, United States is a drug treatme...
911 Meals Avenue
Valdez AK 99686
Providence Valdez Behavioral Health (Valdez) located at 911 Meals Avenue, Valdez, AK 99686, United States is a drug rehab center providing substance a...
750 Highway 31 South
Alabaster AL 35007
Shelby County Treatment Center (Alabaster) located at 750 Highway 31 South, Alabaster, AL 35007, United States is an alcohol rehab center providing su...
474 10th Street
Ashville AL 35953
Bridge Inc (Recovery Center for Teens/Ashville) located at 474 10th Street, Ashville, AL 35953, United States is a drug treatment center providing sub...
4204 Edmonton Drive
Bessemer AL 35022
Northwest Alabama Treatment Center (Bessemer) located at 4204 Edmonton Drive, Bessemer, AL 35022, United States is a drug treatment program providing ...
4246 5th Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35222
Aletheia House (Women Only) located at 4246 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222, United States is an alcohol treatment center providing substance a...
712 25th Street North
Birmingham AL 35203
Birmingham Healthcare (Birmingham) located at 712 25th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203, United States is an alcohol treatment program providing sub...
1713 6th Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35294
University of Alabama at Birmingham (Center for Psychiatric Medicine) located at 1713 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294, United States is an alco...
Highway 17
Carrollton AL 35447
Indian Rivers Mental Health Center (Carrollton) located at Highway 17, Carrollton, AL 35447, United States is a drug rehab facility providing substanc...
4110 U.S. Highway 31 South
Decatur AL 35603
Mental Health Ctr of North Central AL (Quest Rec Ctr Subst Abuse Treatment) located at 4110 U.S. Highway 31 South, Decatur, AL 35603, United States is...
635 West College Street
Florence AL 35630
Riverbend Center for Mental Health (Substance Abuse Services) located at 635 West College Street, Florence, AL 35630, United States is a drug treatmen...
100 7th Street NE
Fort Payne AL 35967
Bridge Inc (Fort Payne Recovery Center) located at 100 7th Street NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967, United States is a drug rehab program providing substance ...
3232 Lay Springs Road
Gadsden AL 35904
Bridge Inc (Gadsden) located at 3232 Lay Springs Road, Gadsden, AL 35904, United States is an alcohol rehab center providing substance abuse treatment...
1107 West Meighan Boulevard
Gadsden AL 35901
Gadsden Treatment Center (Gadsden) located at 1107 West Meighan Boulevard, Gadsden, AL 35901, United States is an alcohol treatment program providing ...
3001 Scenic Highway
Gadsden AL 35902
Mountain View (Partial Hospitalization Program) located at 3001 Scenic Highway, Gadsden, AL 35902, United States is a drug treatment center providing ...
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Deaf-Friendly Addiction Treatment: What You Should Know

Not all American deaf people can read English. As a matter of fact, many only understand American Sign Language (ASL.) With this said, treating a deaf patient can be difficult if there is no interpreter available.

Once you find a capable treatment center, you may wonder if you’ll receive the same quality treatment. The answer is yes. Hard-of-hearing and deaf patients will undergo the same treatment as their hearing counterparts. The treatment team will teach each patient about their addiction, as well as the root cause(s) of the disorder.

The interpreter will help the patient understand group discussions, one-on-one sessions, and how to take medications. Additionally, the interpreter helps patients understand materials the staff uses during treatment. One such example is The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Finding Support for Deaf-Friendly Addiction Treatment

Although finding deaf-friendly addiction treatment is difficult, it may be easier to find an ASL 12-step support group. Use our website to see what’s available near you.

Additionally, there are AA meetings that allow members of the deaf community to come together through online streaming. These meetings usually occur at regularly set times. They allow deaf and hard-of-hearing participants to communicate comfortably.

Meeting online isn’t for everyone. Sometimes a person needs real, live human interaction. 12-Step meeting participants of any group welcome a deaf person with open arms. If an interpreter is unavailable, ask about a video relay service or other forms of telecommunications to help. In other words, you have a place to go if you’re unable to locate a deaf-friendly addiction treatment program nearby.

ASL / Hearing Impaired Addiction Treatment Program

The disease of addiction is understood by the medical community to be a chronic, relapsing mental illness. This devastating disease claims many lives every year, even more than car accidents and gun-related deaths.

Almost no one has been spared pain by this disease. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in ten American adults struggles with substance abuse issues. With such high statistics, almost every has been directly or indirectly affected by this cunning, baffling and powerful disease.

Addiction affects an individual physically, mentally, and spiritually. In order to overcome this complex and insidious disease, addiction treatment is needed.

Addiction treatment utilizes various therapeutic methods to address the underlying issues that promoting an individual to use. Through individual therapy, group therapy, educational seminars and other activities, clients learn about the disease of addiction, what caused him or her to use, and how to cope with situations, stress and triggers without the use of mood and mind-altering substances in the future.

Clear communication is vital for effective addiction treatment. For individuals who speak sign language, ASL, finding a treatment center that caters to your needs is critical.