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

Importance of Women Specific Treatment

While addiction to drugs and alcohol can affect anyone, it tends to impact women and men differently. Women generally progress in the disease faster and face unique hardships. This is why it is so important to offer women specific treatment which provides a space where women can face their specific issues effectively.

Women have less stomach enzymes that break down alcohol and more fatty tissue, than men. Both factors cause the substance to be absorbed into the bloodstream quickly and lead to a higher alcohol concentration in the body. One drink for a man can have the same effect as 2 drinks for women. This rapid response may be why women typically turn to treatment sooner than men.

In addition, according to a study published by the National Institute of Health, over-medication has been the primary cause of addiction in females. The study states that the underlying motive for receiving this medication has been “social or occupational barriers preventing equality and self-fulfillment.” What this really means is that women are seeking medication to help themselves feel more comfortable in the world around them.

There are many reasons why women turn to drugs and alcohol for relief from the pressures of family life, trouble at work, traumatic events, eating disorders and body issues, and chronic pain. All these experiences manifest in issues exclusive to women that must be recognized, validated, and addressed through the comradery and support of a women focused treatment environment.

Not only is there a need, but the call for women’s addiction treatment is urgent. In 2013, 15.8 million women used illicit drugs and that number has been steadily increasing.

Substance abuse treatment is not black and white, women have unique societal expectations. Thus, through treatment that addresses women’s issues, we can hone in on the underlying causes of substance abuse and where women then have better success in long term sobriety.

Ohlhoff's Intensive Outpatient Program has moved!

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. There will be an open house at the beginning of the new year, 2019, where we hope everyone will attend to see the space. 

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs Thanksgiving Dinner

We are looking forward to Ohlhoff's annual Thanksgiving Dinner next Tuesday, November 20th! Please join us at 6:00pm to celebrate and give thanks for recovery. All family and friends of Ohlhoff are welcome to attend.

If you are an Ohlhoff alumnus and would like to help serve dinner, please email Henry Ohlhoff House Program Director, John Halverson.

You can find the FaceBook event here.

Beautiful Boy Movie

Thank you, Beautiful Boy, for showing how incredibly hard getting sober can be! In this movie, out now, you'll see the struggles people with addiction and their families go through to regain control of their lives. This Time interview, with actors Steve Carrell and Timothee Chalamet, excellently depicts the bridging of film and real life recovery.

Ohlhoff Thanksgiving - November 20th at 6:00pm

Please join us on November 20th, at 6:00pm, for Ohlhoff's annual Thanksgiving dinner. This is a time for us to reflect on our gratitude for sobriety among safe and like minded company. All family and friends of Ohlhoff are welcome to attend! 

If you are an Ohlhoff alumni and would like to help serve dinner, please email Henry Ohlhoff House Program Director, John Halverson, at jhalverson@ohlhoff.org.