Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) San Francisco CA

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs
Henry Ohlhoff House
601 Steiner Street,
San Francisco, CA94117
(415) 621-4388x227
www.ohlhoff.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(415) 626-9782x10

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

For over 50 years, Ohlhoff Recovery Programs has provided quality programs for adults and adolescents in recovery from substance abuse and chemical dependency.
All services are offered without regard to race, creed, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, nationality, or relapse history.
Please explore our website for more information about our programs and how we can help.
And please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help keep our programs affordable for those who need them.
Ohlhoff Recovery Programs
San Francisco Outpatient Program
2191 Market Street, Suite A,
San Francisco, CA94114
(415) 575-1100
www.ohlhoff.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(888) 677-4543

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance

Specializing in Adolescents, Men

For over 50 years, Ohlhoff Recovery Programs has provided quality programs for adults and adolescents in recovery from substance abuse and chemical dependency.
All services are offered without regard to race, creed, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, nationality, or relapse history.
Please explore our website for more information about our programs and how we can help.
And please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help keep our programs affordable for those who need them.
Friendship House Assoc of Amer Indians
56 Julian Avenue,
San Francisco, CA94103
(415) 865-0964
www.friendshiphousesf.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Access to Recovery

Languages: Lakota, Navajo, Spanish

Specializing in Gays and Lesbians, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men

Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc. was established by the Christian Reform Church in San Francisco in 1963 as a gathering place for the thousands of American Indian people who were relocated to the Bay Area by the federal government during the 1950's and 1960's.

Friendship House has since evolved into a wide reaching prevention, treatment and recovery service center, respondent to the emergent needs of the American Indian community. Today the agency operates three major programs focusing on prevention and recovery from addiction with a $5 million annual operating budget and 65 full-time staff.
Asian American Recovery Services Inc
Project RECONNECT
2166 Hayes Street, Suite 302,
San Francisco, CA94117
(415) 776-1001
www.aars.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Assistance: Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: Chinese

Specializing in Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Criminal justice clients

Over the past quarter century, AARS has served tens of thousands of youth and adults through a variety of education, prevention, and treatment services while garnering national recognition for our culturally competent model programs. Not long after AARS’ inception, we could proudly reflect on our accomplishments within the Asian and Pacific Islander community and also acknowledged the formidable challenges and opportunities of serving other disenfranchised populations. Our programs in San Francisco demonstrated that we needed to expand our reach to impacted communities living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties as well as providing services to a significant number of clients outside the Asian American community. The result has been the development of a broad range of services to diverse populations, which in turn has strengthen our core belief that culturally competent services make a difference in the lives of individuals and families.
AARS has maintained a healthy and stable financial position and is recognized for its sound strategies. The AARS board of directors and staff has been engaged in strategic planning, revising our plans over the last three years responding to the lingering recession. The current economic recession has severely impacted many community non-profit organizations, and AARS is no exception. We have experienced drastic budget cuts to our federal, state and local contracts resulting in a reduction in staff and services. But our infrastructure and fiscal management remain sound, enabling us to efficiently operate and deliver services to those in need. More importantly, we have never lost sight of our core vision and mission thanks in large part to the competent and dedicated efforts of the AARS staff and management.
In order to continue forward to the next 25 years, we are working diligently to align the agency to the new models of service provisioning and funding due to the passage of the federal Health Care Reform and the Mental Health Parity Acts. While the impacts of these new laws on AARS’ service programs are still being analyzed, one thing is clear – there is now public recognition of the interrelationship between substance abuse, mental health and primary care. Like our founding members, we know that these connections matter to the success of our clients and are glad to know our work and experience position our agency for these coming changes. While future events are unpredictable, we are excited to continue our work in strengthening and building healthier communities.
Lee Woodward Counseling Center for
Women/AARS
2166 Hayes Street, Suite 303,
San Francisco, CA94117
(415) 776-1001
www.aars.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(415) 776-1001x13, (415) 776-1001x11

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment

Payment Assistance: Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: Chinese, Korean, Tagalog

Specializing in Women

Over the past quarter century, AARS has served tens of thousands of youth and adults through a variety of education, prevention, and treatment services while garnering national recognition for our culturally competent model programs. Not long after AARS’ inception, we could proudly reflect on our accomplishments within the Asian and Pacific Islander community and also acknowledged the formidable challenges and opportunities of serving other disenfranchised populations. Our programs in San Francisco demonstrated that we needed to expand our reach to impacted communities living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties as well as providing services to a significant number of clients outside the Asian American community. The result has been the development of a broad range of services to diverse populations, which in turn has strengthen our core belief that culturally competent services make a difference in the lives of individuals and families.
AARS has maintained a healthy and stable financial position and is recognized for its sound strategies. The AARS board of directors and staff has been engaged in strategic planning, revising our plans over the last three years responding to the lingering recession. The current economic recession has severely impacted many community non-profit organizations, and AARS is no exception. We have experienced drastic budget cuts to our federal, state and local contracts resulting in a reduction in staff and services. But our infrastructure and fiscal management remain sound, enabling us to efficiently operate and deliver services to those in need. More importantly, we have never lost sight of our core vision and mission thanks in large part to the competent and dedicated efforts of the AARS staff and management.
In order to continue forward to the next 25 years, we are working diligently to align the agency to the new models of service provisioning and funding due to the passage of the federal Health Care Reform and the Mental Health Parity Acts. While the impacts of these new laws on AARS’ service programs are still being analyzed, one thing is clear – there is now public recognition of the interrelationship between substance abuse, mental health and primary care. Like our founding members, we know that these connections matter to the success of our clients and are glad to know our work and experience position our agency for these coming changes. While future events are unpredictable, we are excited to continue our work in strengthening and building healthier communities.
Iris Center Womens Counseling and
Recovery Services
12 Gough Street, Floor 1,
San Francisco, CA94103
(415) 864-2364
www.iriscenter.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(415) 864-7364

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid)

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Gays and Lesbians, Women

The IRIS Center is the only women’s community-based organization in San Francisco that offers free and low-cost mental health, substance abuse, and HIV prevention services to high-risk women of color, focusing on low-income single mothers, homeless women, sex workers, and drug abusers. The mission of the IRIS Center is to provide high-quality prevention, education, and behavioral health services to uninsured/underinsured women and their families living in underserved communities. The Center reaches more than 7,000 high-risk women each year through its various prevention and treatment programs.

The IRIS Center offers a diverse portfolio of services for the woman in recovery.

Mental Health
HIV Services
Harm Reduction and Abstinence Recovery Services
Parenting Skills
Childcare & Counseling Services
Latina Services
LBT Groups Available
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
The Stonewall Project
1035 Market Street, 4th Floor,
San Francisco, CA94103
(415) 487-3101
www.stonewallsf.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(415) 487-3100x3100, (415) 487-3103

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Payment Assistance: Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Men

The Stonewall Project is a family of programs dedicated to providing harm reduction-based counseling, treatment, and support services to gay men, transmen who have sex with men, and other men who have sex with men who are having issues with drugs and/or alcohol. We welcome you wherever you're at, and do not require abstinence for you to receive services.



We provide a full range of counseling services that integrates substance use, mental health, and HIV prevention and education from a participant-centered perspective. Our goal is to create a safe space where gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) who use crystal meth, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, alcohol and/or other drugs can come to deal with issues of concern to them without stipulations, conditions or judgments. The aim of our program is to reduce the harm caused to you, your loved ones, and your communities by your drug or alcohol use. As a program rooted in harm reduction, your goals may vary across the harm reduction spectrum and can range from complete abstinence to controlled or safer use based on a desire to improve health, relationships, or one's functioning in the world.



Please come to one of our walk-in individual or group counseling sessions to learn more about enrolling in our Stonewall program or call us at 415-487-3100.
BAART Behavioral Health Services Inc
Market Street Clinic
1111 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA94103
(415) 863-3883
www.baartprograms.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(415) 863-3883x153

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish, Tagalog

Welcome to the BAART Programs website! BAART Programs began providing drug treatment services to several hundred heroin addicts in San Francisco in 1977. Today, BAART Programs is a multi-service organization providing drug treatment and rehabilitation for patients across the country. We offer treatment for addiction to prescription medications such as oxycontin, hydrocodone and other opioids. Through a number of clinically proven methods, including methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment, we have used evidence-based methods to bring the most effective results possible to our patient population. In combining medical treatment with the behavioral services, BAART offers the most successful option for many of our patients.

In addition to drug addiction treatment, BAART Programs provides primary medical care and mental health services through a network of fixed sites and mobile vans. Now serving five states and over 6,500 people per day, we provide state-of-the-art drug treatment, mental health and medical services through a dedicated staff committed to offering personal, caring, and individual attention to each of our patients. Our quality care has been recognized by state and federal governments, accreditation organizations, as well as patients and their families.

With treatment services and programs in California, Arizona, Vermont, Nebraska and North Carolina, BAART has expanded across the nation in our efforts to help patients get the help that the need to overcome their drug addictions. We are committed to high-quality community-based healthcare and local addiction treatment in the San Francisco Area, Oakland and East Bay Area, and many other communities like Chandler, Fresno, Los Angeles, Durham, Omaha and Vermont through the organizations below. Please use the following form to contact us for any further questions about our drug treatment services and programs.

Specializing in detox programs and rehabilitation programs for prescription medication addiction including pills like oxycontin and vicodin, opiate addiction and more.
BAART Turk Street Clinic
FACET
433 Turk Street,
San Francisco, CA94102
(415) 928-7800
www.baartprograms.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Russian

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women

Welcome to the BAART Programs website! BAART Programs began providing drug treatment services to several hundred heroin addicts in San Francisco in 1977. Today, BAART Programs is a multi-service organization providing drug treatment and rehabilitation for patients across the country. We offer treatment for addiction to prescription medications such as oxycontin, hydrocodone and other opioids. Through a number of clinically proven methods, including methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment, we have used evidence-based methods to bring the most effective results possible to our patient population. In combining medical treatment with the behavioral services, BAART offers the most successful option for many of our patients.

In addition to drug addiction treatment, BAART Programs provides primary medical care and mental health services through a network of fixed sites and mobile vans. Now serving five states and over 6,500 people per day, we provide state-of-the-art drug treatment, mental health and medical services through a dedicated staff committed to offering personal, caring, and individual attention to each of our patients. Our quality care has been recognized by state and federal governments, accreditation organizations, as well as patients and their families.

With treatment services and programs in California, Arizona, Vermont, Nebraska and North Carolina, BAART has expanded across the nation in our efforts to help patients get the help that the need to overcome their drug addictions. We are committed to high-quality community-based healthcare and local addiction treatment in the San Francisco Area, Oakland and East Bay Area, and many other communities like Chandler, Fresno, Los Angeles, Durham, Omaha and Vermont through the organizations below. Please use the following form to contact us for any further questions about our drug treatment services and programs.

Specializing in detox programs and rehabilitation programs for prescription medication addiction including pills like oxycontin and vicodin, opiate addiction and more.
Curry Senior Center
Senior Alcohol and Drug Programs
315 Turk Street,
San Francisco, CA94102
(415) 885-2274
www.curryseniorcenter.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment

Payment Assistance: Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: Spanish

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Seniors/older adults

With just one doctor and one nurse, a storefront primary care clinic first opened its doors in 1972 to seniors in the Tenderloin. Its founder, Dr. Francis J. Curry, was a pioneer in patient-centered care and sought to make medical care as accessible as possible for low-income patients. This revolutionary approach would later become a model for national and international efforts against tuberculosis.

Today, Dr. Curry’s legacy of leadership and innovation lives on through the Curry Senior Center. Regardless of income or insurance, seniors have access – right in their neighborhood – to top-notch health care, as well as meals, housing, and other social services. This helps meet seniors’ essential needs and lets them stay as active and socially connected as possible as they age.

The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

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The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

Cindy Weir

Friday, September 14, 2007 I have read many articles on the subject of alcoholism and AA. Most are full of misinformation, misunderstanding and untruth. This is my attempt, as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, to help you understand this cunning, baffling and powerful disease and how AA helps us live sober, one day at a time.

The disease of alcoholism, (yes, it's a disease), is a threefold illness- physical, mental and spiritual. There is no cure for alcoholism. What we have is recovery and discovery. It is not a program of self-improvement of self-help. It is a program of self-discovery.

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

The first aspect of the disease is physical. An alcoholic processes alcohol differently than the "normal" drinker. Of course the term normal includes all ranges of drinkers. But only the alcoholic develops what is known as the phenomenon of craving. In essence, an alcoholic is allergic to alcohol. This allergy manifests itself in this craving making it impossible for us to stop drinking. It is the FIRST drink that gets us drunk, not the last. When one drink is ingested it sets off this phenomenon of craving and makes us want more and more and more. We do not stop until we pass out, black out, go to jail, experience many consequences, and/or die.

The mental obsession is the second aspect of the disease of alcoholism. This obsession crowds out all other thoughts, including the reminders of all the pain, heartache, injury or other consequence that we have experienced. The disease of alcoholism centers in the mind. Therefore, the mind of the alcoholic cannot differentiate between the true and the false. We have just as much a thinking problem as we do a drinking problem.

If these two aspects sound grim, that is because they are what leads us to the desperation, futility and hopelessness that we feel while we are in the throes of the disease. We are either drinking, or we are thinking about drinking. Either way, we have no positive results.

This leads us to the third aspect of alcoholism- the spiritual. An alcoholic must experience an entire psychic change to overcome the physical and mental parts of our disease. There is a "black hole" that we feel and all we know to do is fill it with alcohol. Yet alcohol is only a symptom, our temporary solution to help us not have to feel. We self-medicate, and once we put any form of alcohol, including some in pill form, we set off this allergy/phenomenon of craving and we are gone. And, when we are not drinking, all we can do is obsess over the next drink- when and how we're going to get it. It is a vicious, never-ending cycle which leaves t...

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