Gerry S. and his Henry Ohlhoff House Graduation Yucca

Gerry S. and his Henry Ohlhoff House Graduation Yucca

"I entered the Henry Ohlhoff House in 1987. My total time upon graduation was about one and a half years in the House, which I badly needed.

Skip Byron was the Director and I was so lucky to be under his guidance. My group facilitator, Alice, kept us all in line. At my graduation after dinner Skip presented each of us with a small plant. Mine was a 4 inch Yucca plant. This baby Yucca traveled with me to Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, and back to California. The Yucca is now about 12 feet tall has grown 3 major trunks, much like the different branches of my life.

Everything in my life today is possible because of the love, understanding, and giving that I received at the Henry Ohlhoff House."

We also found a photo of current Skip Byron Primary Program Counselor, Mark Langton, receiving his graduation plant in 1986! We Wonder if he's been able to keep his plant alive all these years too.

The Philosophy of the Working Men’s Residential Program

Sixty years ago, the Henry Ohlhoff House was created as a house where men with addictions could live together, support each other, and work to put themselves on the path to a new life. Requiring men to work outside the House meant that men would leave the house every day, encounter the day-to-day demands of regular life, then come back to a safe home where they could talk about their successes and failures of the day. What these men find is that, over time, regular life without their drug of choice is not only possible, but satisfying and fun.

Today, the program has changed some. An evidenced-based clinical component of group work, psycho-education, and individual one-on-one counseling has been added to a client’s experience. Despite these changes, however, the underlying philosophy of men living together is the same. In 2019, we call this the Social Model, but in 1958 it was simply the creation of a sympathetic brotherhood.

The Social Model is the underlying ‘magic’ that impacts clients most. The act of living in a community, practicing new social and personal skills, and learning through experience helps clients acquire healthy habits to overwrite the old behaviors that facilitated their addiction. It is a model I have been privileged to see change lives.

The pace of life today is faster, with seemingly endless demands for one’s time. Thus, it is essential that we offer a 3-month working men’s residential program in order to accommodate for more individual constraints. If a person does not walk through our door for fear of committing to 6-months, we have no chance of helping him.

Regardless of the program, everyone participates in the culture of the House. Men in the three-month program have chores and responsibilities, are held accountable by their peers, and participate in House rules and traditions. Fully immersed in the Henry Ohlhoff House, men receive the same benefits (albeit for three fewer months) as those in the six-month program.

Still, the full six month program offers the greatest chance at a life of self-reliance free from substance use. Research has shown that the longer an individual is in treatment, the greater the chance of success in long-term recovery. Participants in the three-month program have the option to transition into the six-month program.

It is our hope that men with addictions that feel they cannot commit to the House for a full six-months, will see the three-month program as an opportunity to access the benefits of living in the Henry Ohlhoff House.

For more information contact John Halverson at 415-621-4388 or email jhalverson@ohlhoff.org. 

Ohlhoff Practicum and Internship Opportunity

Ohlhoff is looking for students for our 2019-2020 practicum program. Ohlhoff Recovery Programs is proud to serve as a practicum and internship training site for students in psychology and counseling graduate programs throughout the Bay Area. We accept students pursuing Psy.D., Ph.D., MFT degrees, Master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, CAADAC, or other drug and alcohol counseling certifications who wish to learn about dual diagnosis, the spiritual basis of recovery, the social model of reintegration into the community, and multi-cultural issues. 

If interested, please email Elissa Stevens at estevens@ohlhoff.org for more information.

The 90-Day Henry Ohlhoff House

Ohlhoff Recovery Program's original working men's residential program, the Henry Ohlhoff House, is now 3-6 months long. The program provides a safe, structured, and sober environment where men can focus on their recovery while maintaining a regular work schedule. It is designed specifically for working men, with treatment taking place on evenings and weekends.

For more information please visit ohlhoff.org/henry-ohlhoff-house or call 415-421-4388.

The Daily Californian Op-Ed Article by Ohlhoff Intensive Outpatient Director

"The first step of treating any addiction is admitting to having a problem. But figuring out how to proceed from there is more complicated. When loved ones need help with excessive substance use, many people are not sure how to take the first step in finding appropriate and affordable care. In fact, admitting someone has a problem is often the first of many barriers to securing the long-term care and support they need to get and stay sober."

Click here to read the rest of the op-ed article by Jessica Allanson, Ohlhoff's Intensive Outpatient Program Director, about some of the current challenges in substance abuse treatment and the need for comprehensive services.

Jessica's article was part of a larger impact issue produced by The Daily Californian which had a focus on rehabilitation.

Open House Ohlhoff IOP - February 22nd

Ohlhoff Intensive Outpatient Program Open House!

February 22, 2019 from 3:00pm - 6:00pm 
New Location: 927 Irving St. San Francisco, CA 94117

We look forward to hosting you next Friday for the open house at Ohlhoff's new Intensive Outpatient Program location. Join us to meet the staff, tour the newly renovated facility, and learn more about our substance abuse treatment philosophy.

Email emarshall@ohlhoff.org for more information or to RSVP.

February 19th - Ohlhoff Hosts Spotlight Bay Area

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs hosts Spotlight Bay Area: February 19, 2019 from 11:30am - 2:00pm

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, located at the corner of Fell and Steiner in San Francisco, is hosting this month's Spotlight Bay Area! Join us next Tuesday for networking and lunch at 11:30am, followed by Speaker Jessica Allanson's presentation on identifying and treating personality disorders in substance abuse settings.

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs: 601 Steiner St. San Francisco, CA 94117
Speaker: Jessica Allanson, MA, PhDc, Ohlhoff Intensive Outpatient Program Director
Topic: Identifying and Treating Personality Disorders in Substance Abuse Settings

Email emarshall@ohlhoff.org for more information or to RSVP.

Stepping Stone Women's Recovery Grant

Stepping Stone Women's Recovery Grant

In November 2018, Ohlhoff Recovery Programs was awarded a large grant from Stepping Stone Women’s Recovery to be used in support of Ohlhoff’s Women’s Residential Program. The continued commitment to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction will maintain the legacy of Stepping Stone Women’s Recovery by providing an affordable, transitional, gender specific, social model, recovery program to working women in San Francisco. The ultimate goal of the women’s program is self-reliance, free from addiction.

After 56 years helping women recover from addiction, Stepping Stone Women’s Recovery Program closed its doors in 2018. The program will always have a special place in our hearts. For so long, Ohlhoff relied on the program as a safe and compassionate referral for women seeking residential treatment.  

Over 1,000 women's lives were changed thanks to Stepping Stone and nothing will ever replace the waves the program made in women's recovery for our San Francisco community. 

Thank you to the Board of Stepping Stone Women’s Recovery for the irreplaceable gift.

Ohlhoff Intensive Outpatient Program Open House

Ohlhoff Intensive Outpatient Program Open House: February 22, 2019 from 3:00pm - 6:00pm

New Ohlhoff Intensive Outpatient Program Location: 927 Irving St. San Francisco, CA 94117

Join us at the open house for food, tours of the newly renovated facility, and collaboration on treatment resources!

After nearly 10 years in the Castro, Ohlhoff's Intensive Outpatient Program has moved to the Sunset. Now located at 927 Irving St., the larger facility will be able to serve more clients, assist a new area of town, and capitalize on the strong recovery community close by. 

Email emarshall@ohlhoff.org for more information or to RSVP.

Ohlhoff Hosts Spotlight Bay Area

Ohlhoff Hosts Spotlight Bay Area: February 19, 2019 from 11:30am - 2:00pm
Ohlhoff Recovery Programs: 601 Steiner St. San Francisco, CA 94117
Speaker: Jessica Allanson, MA, PhDc, Ohlhoff Intensive Outpatient Program Director
Topic: Identifying and Treating Personality Disorders in Substance Abuse Settings

Come visit Ohlhoff's large Victorian mansion and hear Jessica Allanson speak on identifying and treating personality disorders in substance abuse settings. The event starts at 11:30am with lunch and networking, followed by Jessica's presentation.

Please email emarshall@ohlhoff.org for more information or to RSVP.

Working Men's Residential Program Now 3-Months or 6-Months

Ohlhoff's working men's residential program, the Henry Ohlhoff House, is now 3-6 months long! Men in this program work, attend school, or volunteer in the community while living in a safe, sober, supportive, and structured addiction treatment environment.

For more information visit ohlhoff.org/henry-ohlhoff-house or call 415-621-4388.

Symbiosis: Youth Summit in Fremont, CA

Healthy relationships are incredibly important to addiction recovery. At Ohlhoff we hope everyone learns how to create and maintain positive relationships with the people in their life, especially youth. If you are age 12-24, register for Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments' annual youth summit in Fremont, CA. It's a free event created by youth, for youth, to develop skills to support their own and their peers' mental well-being.

Find more information on Facebook here.

Reliving the Rancid Benefit Concert

We're currently reliving the awesomeness from Rancid’s benefit concert! Thank you again, Lars and Rancid​, for the incredible concert last month. It was an irreplaceable show of support for the men and women who begin their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction at Ohlhoff Recovery Programs.

Thank you for the photograph, Misti Layne Photography​.

Ohlhoff Holiday Dinner - December 20th - 6:00pm!

We cannot wait for the Ohlhoff family to get together one more time before the end of the year! Join residents and staff at this fun and uplifting event celebrating hope and sobriety during the Holidays.

Let us know you’re coming through the Facebook event, here.

New 3 Month Option for The Henry Ohlhoff House

Ohlhoff Recovery Program's working men's residential program, the Henry Ohlhoff House (HOH), has been saving lives and helping adult men with alcohol or drug dependency for 60 years. Historically a 6 to 12 month program, HOH is now a 3 to 6 month program!

The extended residential treatment design of the Henry Ohlhoff House allows men time to address the underlying causes of their addiction, search for employment, develop relationships with their sober peers, and learn to maneuver everyday stressors under therapeutic support.

For more information visit ohlhoff.org/henry-ohlhoff-house or call 415-621-4388.

Thank you Rancid!

Thank you Rancid, and all your fans, for the incredible benefit concert last night! What a rad way to show people in recovery we care. Like Lars said, addiction and punk rock affect all types of people. To qualify for help at Ohlhoff, you just have to be human.

Rancid: A Benefit for The Ohlhoff Recovery Program