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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.

Tickets Now On Sale for Rancid!

Tickets now on sale for Rancid: A Benefit For Ohlhoff Recovery Program! We want to see our entire Ohlhoff community there, so get your tickets as soon as possible and let us know you're coming.

Find out more about the event here.

August 31, 2018 - International Overdose Awareness Day

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.

Ohlhoff Alumni Aftercare - Tuesday's from 6:15-7:15pm

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!

Opioid Addiction Finally Getting The National Attention It Deserves

"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

Ohlhoff's 60th Anniversary Celebration - Thank you!

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

601 Steiner St., Residential Campus, Upgrades!

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.

601 Steiner St., Residential Campus, Upgrades!

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.

SF Intensive Outpatient is moving, call 415-621-4388

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.

Second Director of Henry Ohlhoff House's Memoir Received

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! 

Ohlhoff's 60th Anniversary Celebration

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.