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 or call 415-621-4388.

Thank you Rancid!

Thank you Rancid, and all your fans, for the incredible benefit concert last night! What a rad way to show people in recovery we care. Like Lars said, addiction and punk rock affect all types of people. To qualify for help at Ohlhoff, you just have to be human.

Rancid: A Benefit for The Ohlhoff Recovery Program

Importance of Women Specific Treatment

While addiction to drugs and alcohol can affect anyone, it tends to impact women and men differently. Women generally progress in the disease faster and face unique hardships. This is why it is so important to offer women specific treatment which provides a space where women can face their specific issues effectively.

Women have less stomach enzymes that break down alcohol and more fatty tissue, than men. Both factors cause the substance to be absorbed into the bloodstream quickly and lead to a higher alcohol concentration in the body. One drink for a man can have the same effect as 2 drinks for women. This rapid response may be why women typically turn to treatment sooner than men.

In addition, according to a study published by the National Institute of Health, over-medication has been the primary cause of addiction in females. The study states that the underlying motive for receiving this medication has been “social or occupational barriers preventing equality and self-fulfillment.” What this really means is that women are seeking medication to help themselves feel more comfortable in the world around them.

There are many reasons why women turn to drugs and alcohol for relief from the pressures of family life, trouble at work, traumatic events, eating disorders and body issues, and chronic pain. All these experiences manifest in issues exclusive to women that must be recognized, validated, and addressed through the comradery and support of a women focused treatment environment.

Not only is there a need, but the call for women’s addiction treatment is urgent. In 2013, 15.8 million women used illicit drugs and that number has been steadily increasing.

Substance abuse treatment is not black and white, women have unique societal expectations. Thus, through treatment that addresses women’s issues, we can hone in on the underlying causes of substance abuse and where women then have better success in long term sobriety.

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. 

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs Thanksgiving Dinner

We are looking forward to Ohlhoff's annual Thanksgiving Dinner next Tuesday, November 20th! Please join us at 6:00pm to celebrate and give thanks for recovery. All family and friends of Ohlhoff are welcome to attend.

If you are an Ohlhoff alumnus and would like to help serve dinner, please email Henry Ohlhoff House Program Director, John Halverson.

You can find the FaceBook event here.

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

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.

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.

Final Registration for our 15th Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament

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

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.

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