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Working Men's Program Philosophy - 3 or 6 months?

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 jhalverson@ohlhoff.org

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'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. 

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.

15th Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament Success!

Ohlhoff's 15th Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament Fundraiser was a huge success! Not only was the event fun, but also raised over $80,000 for the treatment of men and women who attempt the difficult work of addiction recovery.

Thank you to our major donors and sponsors, TrueLink, A&C Ventures, Xandex, Bob Burke, Burgess Chan, Tom Rocca, Jeff Rocca, and Luis Belmonte! It's because of contributions like yours that deserving individuals are able to rebuild their lives.

Rancid: A Benefit Concert For Ohlhoff Recovery Program

“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

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'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

Join us THIS Saturday, August 4th, for Ohlhoff's 60th Anniversary Celebration!

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:
-Alumni Speakers
-Music
-Free Food
-Raffle
-Games
-Campus Tours

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.

Thank you, 2017-2018 Practicum Students!

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.

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.