Join us October 31st for the annual Henry Ohlhoff House Halloween Costume Party! Come at 7pm for an open AA meeting, followed by the party at 8pm. There will be music, food, and awesome decorations. Find more information here.
Our 15th Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament is just two weeks away and we still have space for two more foursomes in the golf tournament! Register and enjoy a day of fun and connections, all while supporting a worthy cause. Find out more at ohlhoff.org/tournament.
“Rancid is excited to announce that we will be doing a special benefit show in San Francisco. We gathered some of our close friends in local Bay Area bands to play with us on Thursday, November 29th at the Regency Ballroom. It’s a very special cause for all of us personally and we hold it very dear to our hearts. For the last 60 years, The Ohlhoff Recovery Programs has been helping men and women in their path to recovery including myself and so many others. They are a staple in the community and a true asset to the city. All the proceeds from the show go to the Ohlhoff Recovery Program and help keep the doors open for those still in need. Please join us for some great fun, great bands, and Punk Rock-N-Roll.” - Lars
In September 2017, Ohlhoff Psychiatrist, Dr. Lennart Moller, was interviewed by San Francisco Magazine regarding working on the front lines of addiction in San Francisco. Scroll down to his testimonial to see what he says about the realities of withdrawal, the physical and mental strain, and its affect on the treatment we provide here at Ohlhoff! The article contains several other compassionate professionals' experiences, as well.
If you haven't read Dr. Moller's previous insight into the Opioid epidemic, you can read it at ohlhoff.org/dr-moller-opioid-article
Thank you, San Francisco Magazine for the insightful article that conveys the complexities, difficulties, and triumphs addiction service providers endure.
Ohlhoff's 6-Month Working Men’s Residential Program Director, John Halverson, reflects on why there is a negative stigma surrounding substance use related deaths:
“The stigma that often surrounds a substance related death is the same stigma that was (and to a large extent still is) applied to those with substance use disorders (SUD’s). The origin of the stigma is from a time when people with SUD’s were judged as being morally deficient and lacking will power. The terms used to describe these individuals were similarly judgmental, 'drunkard', 'lush', or 'junkie'. Any of these terms sound familiar? Does a negative persona come to mind?
Unfortunately, despite the advancements in SUD’s research, people with SUD’s still experience moral criticism. Experts understand that a SUD can be thought of as a Bio-Psycho-Social disorder and not a character flaw, but that view is not always shared by those less knowledgeable of SUD’s.
Due to the urgency of the current opioid crisis, we now see addiction in the press and openly discussed by public figures. It is encouraging that there is less of a 'just say no' approach to substance use and more of an acknowledgment that substance use disorders are a mental health condition that can be treated.”
Our thoughts, especially today, are always with everyone who has lost a friend, family member, neighbor, or patient to overdose.
We would also like to thank Facing Addiction with NCADD for mobilizing our community and successfully influencing a digital media company to change an upcoming documentary film title from ‘American Junkie’ to a less stigmatizing and more supportive title.
Are you an Ohlhoff Alum? If so, join Skip Byron Program Director, Matt Morgan, every Tuesday from 6:15-7:15pm for Ohlhoff's free Alumni Aftercare! Whether you graduated in 1975 from the 6-Month Working Men's Program or 2016 from the Women's Residential Program, all graduates from ANY Ohlhoff program are welcome to attend. Matt hopes to see you there tomorrow!
"Like many of you reading this, I have been surprised by all the news headlines that have come out over the last few months about opioid addiction. For far too long it seemed as if the government and news media were ignoring the problem. Finally, on August 10th, the President declared a national health emergency over the opioid crisis..."
Read more on the addiction epidemic from Ohlhoff Psychiatrist, Dr. Lennart Moller
Thank you to all the alumni, family, and friends that came to celebrate Ohlhoff's 60th Anniversary on August 4th! The celebration was spectacular, showing the overwhelming community of support for both those new to sobriety and people in long-term recovery
Join us Monday, October 15, at Marin Country Club! 2018 Registration is now open.
This Saturday, August 4th from 12:00-3:00pm, don't miss Ohlhoff Recovery Programs' 60th Anniversary Celebration!
We're excited that so many of you are joining us for this event! Even if you haven't already let us know you're coming, we'd love for you and the entire Ohlhoff community to come have some fun and reflect on Ohlhoff through the decades.
You can find more event information here.
The event includes:
Skip Byron Primary Program's Little Yellow Classroom is complete! Groups for our 30-Day Intensive Program now take place is this space, instead of the Skip Byron living room, allowing a mental and physical separation between the grueling work of treatment and participants' living environment.
Thank you to the Dollar-A-Day Club for the funds to refurnish the smoking section of the campus with attractive, durable, and comfortable new patio furniture! This area is crucial for the socialization that creates a lasting sober support network.
Again, the men and women in our programs thank you.
Thank you to our 2017-2018 Practicum students! Your hard work and dedication to the men and women in Ohlhoff's programs is unmatched. We cannot wait to follow your careers in mental health and addiction.
Ohlhoff's 2018-2019 cohort of students, pursuing Psy.D., Ph.D., MFT degrees, Master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, CAADAC, and other drug and alcohol counseling certifications, will begin at the end of July! Every year we are lucky to have such compassionate, professional, and intelligent students join our clinical staff as part of our year long practicum program. Ohlhoff's commitment to training these students upholds our values of service, continued education, and quality counseling for future clients.
Our Intensive Outpatient Program is in the process of moving and expanding! Treatment will be provided at 927 Irving St., beginning July 9th. During the transition, from now until July 9th, please call Ohlhoff Recovery Programs' Main Campus at 415-621-4388 with any program questions or concerns.
Thank you for your patience during this exciting change.
Ohlhoff recently received the memoir of Henry Ohlhoff House's second Director (1958-1968), Rev. Kenneth Sandercock. In it he writes about ensuring the original 6-Month Working Men's Program maintained a safe and abstinence based program, "I [was] forced to realize that if any man, no matter what his position, took any drink he had to be sent away at once. Otherwise every other man in the house would think he also could break all the rules and get away with it. I once found four men, who occupied one room, drinking and playing cards with the bottle on the table in plain sight. They were all gone in half an hour and gradually some sort of order was established. It was awkward at times as when the chef had to be fired at four p.m. with no dinner begun and some 30 - 40 men due to eat at 6.00. But out he had to go regardless." Decades later and all our alumni can relate to these continued traditions that uphold the integrity of the Henry Ohlhoff House.
Thank you to Rev. Sandercock's grandson, Michael, for sharing the memoir with us!
Save the date! Ohlhoff's 60th Anniversary Celebration - August 4, 2018 Reconnect with the Steiner Campus, fellow alumni, family & friends of Ohlhoff, and our extended recovery community by joining us on August 4th as we celebrate 60 years worth of alumni! Enjoy food, music, games, campus tours, a recovery raffle, and alumni speakers from the decades.