The men-only Henry Ohlhoff House offers both short- and long-term, 12-step based treatment for substance abuse on a historic San Francisco property. The program is operated by Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, a rehabilitation organization with more than 50 years of experience, and provides the traditional 30-day intensive rehab experience, in addition to a six-month transitional living option. Through frequent attendance at 12-step meetings, structured schedules, education and intensive therapy, the men learn how to live a balanced, sober life.
Accommodations and Food
The programs are located on the historic Henry Ohlhoff estate, in San Francisco’s Alamo Square District. The short-term residential is held in one of the smaller back houses, housing up to 15 men at a time. Bedrooms are shared between two clients, featuring twin-sized beds and dressers. The home also features a large kitchen, a dining room and a living room with a television. Personal cell phones and laptops are not permitted.
The transitional living program is housed in a converted Victorian mansion, holding between 30 and 40 men at a time. There are four clients per room, which feature twin-sized beds, closet space and wooden floors. A kitchen, dining room and living room with a TV can be found on the second floor.
Clients in both programs receive three meals per day. The meals are served buffet-style and eaten together as a group in the house dining room. Smoking is permitted on the grounds in designated areas.
Treatment and Staff
The residential program is designed to get men back on their feet, offering a combination of meetings, therapy and education. Residents can meet with their case manager for individual therapy as often as they need. Group therapy occurs for several hours each day, with topics such an anger management, relapse prevention, processing, meditation, trauma and life skills. When it comes to the 12 steps, clients attend four off-site and three on-site AA/NA meetings per week. Through educational lectures, the clients are able to gain further insight into the first three steps.
The transitional living program is similar to a sober living house, with men allowed to live in the house for six to 12 months. During this time, they are required to work a full-time job (30 or more hours per week), attend school full time or do volunteer work. Clients also receive a group therapy session each day, in addition to one or more individual counseling sessions per week. They are required to attend a minimum of four AA/NA meetings per week and get a sponsor. Each month, workshops are held at the house to educate residents about different aspects of addiction and recovery. Random drug and alcohol testing is routinely conducted by the staff. The program costs $525 per week.
The staff includes a mix of case managers, counselors and interns.
Ohlhoff Recovery Programs also offers a selection of outpatient programs for adults and adolescents, combining therapy, peer group support and the 12 steps to help clients with their long-term sobriety.
For exercise, the men can visit a small gym located in another one of the small back houses. This space has a selection of weights and cardio machines. In addition, the property gives residents lots of room to take walks or go for runs during free time.
Each program includes a family group, which focuses on coping skills, codependency and communication. In addition, the transitional living program offers an off-site spiritual retreat in Sonoma County.
Henry Ohlhoff House offers solid, 12-step approaches to recovery in the form of a 30-day program, as well as a long-term transitional living home. With reasonable pricing and a gender-specific environment, this program is both affordable and highly focused on the needs of men.
Henry Ohlhoff House
601 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94117
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