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Reminder: Henry Ohlhoff House Open House for Attorney Partners

The Henry Ohlhoff House is hosting an Open House for Attorney Partners on April 24th from 1-2pm. If you're in the legal industry, stop by to learn how our program may help your clients with DUI, possession, domestic violence, and other drug & alcohol related charges.

Please contact John Halverson, Program Director, at 415-621-4388 for more information.

The Henry Ohlhoff House is a long term residential addiction treatment program specifically designed for men to be able to maintain employment.

We are also always looking for trusted attorney to refer clients to.

Henry Ohlhoff House Open House for Attorney Partners

The Henry Ohlhoff House is hosting an Open House for Attorney Partners on April 24th from 1-2pm. If you're in the legal industry, stop by to learn how our program may help your clients with DUI, possession, domestic violence, and other drug & alcohol related charges.

Please contact John Halverson, Program Director, at 415-621-4388 or jhalverson@ohlhoff.org for more information.

The Henry Ohlhoff House is a long term residential addiction treatment program specifically designed for men to be able to maintain employment.

We are also always looking for trusted attorney to refer clients to.

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

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.

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 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.

Stepping Stone Women's Recovery Grant

Stepping Stone Women's Recovery Grant

In November 2018, Ohlhoff Recovery Programs was awarded a large grant from Stepping Stone Women’s Recovery to be used in support of Ohlhoff’s Women’s Residential Program. The continued commitment to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction will maintain the legacy of Stepping Stone Women’s Recovery by providing an affordable, transitional, gender specific, social model, recovery program to working women in San Francisco. The ultimate goal of the women’s program is self-reliance, free from addiction.

After 56 years helping women recover from addiction, Stepping Stone Women’s Recovery Program closed its doors in 2018. The program will always have a special place in our hearts. For so long, Ohlhoff relied on the program as a safe and compassionate referral for women seeking residential treatment.  

Over 1,000 women's lives were changed thanks to Stepping Stone and nothing will ever replace the waves the program made in women's recovery for our San Francisco community. 

Thank you to the Board of Stepping Stone Women’s Recovery for the irreplaceable gift.

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.

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!