Since its inception in 1985, Residential Recovery Services has provided inpatient services for adults with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders under the umbrella of Asian American Recovery Services. Aiming to reduce the impact of substance abuse in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Bay Area, RRS empowers the individual with a sense of responsibility using a self-help approach to recovery.
Accommodations and Food
Clients are accommodated in a three story complex just two blocks from the city’s famous Golden Gate Park. The facility houses 16 men and 10 women in seven bedrooms sleeping four per room, each furnished with twin beds, individual nightstands and a shared closet.
Each floor is gender-specific with men on the top floor and women on the second. There is one dorm-style bathroom on each floor. The main floor has a TV room, two community rooms used for group and individual therapy, a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining room and laundry facilities.
There is a back yard with patio furniture for outdoor gatherings. Smoking is prohibited anywhere on site. Cell phones are also not allowed, but residents can use the house phone after 30 days. Meals are served three times per day and prepared by the residents with staff supervision. Each client has a house duty which rotates monthly. Food is provided by RRS and while providing for special dietary requests is limited, a vegetarian option is made available.
Treatment and Staff
Eligible clients must be referred through Asian American Recovery Services. Once a referral is made, an intake appointment is scheduled. While dual diagnosis clients are accepted, the primary diagnosis must be substance abuse. Once admitted, residents are required to make a six month or one year commitment depending on the assessment. Each resident is assigned a primary counselor who they see once a week.
The typical day at RRS includes five hours of group therapy. Group topics include building self-esteem, peer pressure, relapse prevention, gender specific groups, family and culture and—for those with co-occurring disorders—managing depression and anxiety. In addition, educational sessions offering topics such as vocational training, community activism and managing finances are offered.
Evenings are spent with study time, journal writing and meditation exercises. RRS does not promote any particular outside support group, therefore clients are not taken to outside meetings. Rather, once a resident is permitted to go out on pass, they are encouraged to seek out a support group in the community. After their first 30 days, clients may be eligible for an 8 hour pass, but privileges are based on progress as well as tenure. Twice a month clients are treated to an offsite activity such as a beach day, hiking, shopping, a movie or one of many community cultural events.
Visits from family and loved ones are permitted after 30 days of treatment and only upon staff approval. Residents are drug tested weekly and a positive test results in immediate dismissal from the program. The treatment team consists of CADCs, MFTs and treatment technicians. Staff-to-client ratio is one-to-five.
In addition to being encouraged to participate in cultural and community outreach furthering peer-to-peer recovery support, clients also build their own inner lives and self-discovery by exploring their creative impulses in art and music therapy sessions.
Asian American Recovery Services is supported by Community Behavioral Health services of San Francisco—therefore no one wanting residential treatment is turned away for lack of funds. While RRS does not promote any particular outside support group, they do encourage residents to seek the fellowship that best serves them. With a strong foundation in cultural and community pride, clients are ensured a strong fellowship of support following treatment.
Residential Recovery Services
2024 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Asian American Residential Recovery Services Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Asian American Residential Recovery Services by phone at (415) 541-9404. Find Asian American Residential Recovery Services on Facebook
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