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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reminder, Henry Ohlhoff House Halloween Party!

We're looking forward to seeing everyone's Halloween costumes next Wednesday, October 31st, at Henry Ohlhoff House's annual Halloween Costume Party! There's an AA meeting at 7pm, followed by music, food, and dancing. You can find more information here.

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