SAA was founded in October 1977
SAA runs a hospital and a detoxification clinic, Vogur, two outpatient units, two treatment clinics, three recovery houses and a social center. Around one hundred people are employed by SAA. Each year approximately two thousand individuals enter the detoxification program and eight hundred of those patients then continue in the treatment program. Several thousand alcoholics, along with their friends and relatives, take advantage of the services offered by the SAA outpatient units and recovery houses each year. SAA's annual budget is around 500 million Icelandic kronur (approx. USD 6,0 million)
Every year around 2.000 individuals are admitted to treatment clinics for alcohol and drug addicts in Iceland in addition to those seeking help in outpatient units. In this group of 2.000 people, 1.606 individual patients, or 80%, were admitted to SAA Medical Clinics in 1995. The needs of these patients are evaluated at Vogur Hospital and those seeking help are then directed to the appropriate treatment venues. Thus around half the patients went on to an outpatient unit after a short stay at Vogur Hospital, but the other half continued their treatment program at the two SAA Rehabilitation Clinics, at Vik and Stadarfell.