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The San Francisco Bay Area offers a variety of treatment options for those struggling with addiction. From luxury rehabs in Napa Valley to state-funded treatment centers in downtown San Francisco, there are hundreds of programs available to locals and travelers alike.

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Serenity Knolls Treatment Center

Forest Knolls, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


San Jose Behavioral Health Hospital

San Jose, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


Azure Acres Recovery

Sebastopol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


The Camp Recovery Center

Scotts Valley, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab

Calistoga, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


Wish Recovery

Northridge, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


Oceanside Malibu

Malibu, CA

Full Spectrum of Care


Ambrosia Treatment Center – Westcoast

Beverly Hills, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


CNV Detox

Los Angeles, CA



Silver Lining Recovery

Huntington Beach, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


Newport Institute for Young Adults – Southern California

Santa Ana, CA

Multiple Levels of Care


Clear Life Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Full Spectrum of Care


San Francisco Drug Abuse Trends

Downtown San Francisco, California is known for its drug trade, especially in the Tenderloin—a neighborhood with a reputation for crime bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Geary Street and Market Street. Despite the presence of a police station in the Tenderloin, it’s not uncommon to witness drug deals or people getting high on the streets. The area has a history of violent crimes, gang activity and prostitution. The Tenderloin is also known for poverty and having a large homeless population.

Throughout the city of San Francisco, there are hotspots for certain drugs. Venture to Haight-Ashbury, and you’ll find a variety of psychedelics, ranging from psilocybin (‘shrooms’) to the mind-bending Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). In the Tenderloin, just a few paces from the police station, crack, heroin, PCP, and even bath salts can be had—sometimes all from the same dealer. On Market Street, the specialty is weed, though with a bit of querying, a wide variety of prescription pills are ripe for purchase.

- Zachary Crockett, Priceonomics, 2015

In 2013 in San Francisco County, alcohol was the primary drug among substance abuse treatment admissions. Heroin was the second highest for treatment admissions, followed by cocaine and methamphetamine.



From 2012-2013, approximately 60 percent of treatment admissions in San Francisco were for alcohol.



There were 205 accidental drug-related deaths in San Francisco from 2010-2011.



In San Francisco County, 4,091 people received substance abuse treatment from 2012-2013.

Support Groups in San Francisco

There are many types of support groups that host meetings in San Francisco seven days a week. These groups have helped thousands of San Francisco residents achieve long-term sobriety by providing an opportunity to express their feelings with other people in substance abuse recovery.

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12-Step Support Groups

Support groups that follow the 12 Steps hold meetings all throughout the San Francisco area. There are many 12-step groups for various types of addictions, making it easy to adapt the 12 Steps to your own recovery needs.

Many people have found 12-Step programs to be incredibly helpful. These programs are spiritually based and emphasize the presence of God in recovery. Some of the 12-Step support groups you can find in San Francisco include:

Learn about other alternatives to 12-Step programs here.

San Francisco Addiction Treatment Services

San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) offers a wide range of behavioral health programs for San Francisco residents. Within this department is the Community Substance Abuse Services (CSAS) division. CSAS helps those in the city and county of San Francisco who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

The Treatment Access Program (TAP) is another unit of CBHS. TAP is responsible for the assessment, referral and placement of people in need of behavioral health treatment, such as substance abuse treatment. Publicly funded treatment programs are available to those with Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California, as well as those without insurance. Treatment services are provided at low-cost or no-cost in some cases.

Healthy San Francisco

The Healthy San Francisco program was designed by the state’s Department of Public Health to make health care services available and affordable to uninsured San Francisco residents – including substance abuse treatment services.

Residents may only qualify for Healthy San Francisco if they fit all of the following conditions:

  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Living on a combined family income at or below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Be uninsured for at least 90 days
  • Not eligible for public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal or Medicare

Community Prevention and Harm Reduction Resources

The city of San Francisco has implemented a number of initiatives to combat rising rates of rampant drug abuse. Each of these serve a wide range of community needs – from harm reduction tactics to ensuring all residents have access to treatment, including those who are uninsured. San Francisco also leads the standard in treating prison populations who battle substance abuse through hands-on approaches that aim to reduce recidivism.

Bay Area DOPE Project

The DOPE Project, in conjunction with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, provides overdose education and harm reduction resources to the Bay Area community. It advocates for policies that support drug education programs while providing residents with the resources they need to prevent an overdose, such as naloxone distribution kits. Naloxone is an opiate antagonist medication that reverses the life-threatening effects of an overdose from heroin, methadone or other opiates.

Thanks to the efforts of the Project, naloxone administration training and take-home kits are available to the public to help prevent more overdoses.


Horizons is a youth development organization dedicated to helping at-risk children and teens of San Francisco realize their potential in life.

The organization provides an outpatient substance abuse treatment program for youths aged 12 through 25 that includes individual, group and family counseling. Participants learn how overcoming their addiction is possible through a variety of therapies and activities, as well as educational workshops.

Inmate Drug Treatment Programs

San Francisco has two programs that serve the city’s inmate population. Upon conviction of a drug-related offense, a court judge will assess the offender’s previous criminal record and determine eligibility for one of the programs. This decision is up to the judge’s discretion.

San Francisco Substance Abuse Crime Prevention Act (SACPA)

Many cities and states understand that some offenders who commit crimes do so because they struggle with addiction. In 2000, California passed SACPA to require probation and drug treatment, in lieu of incarceration, of all non-violent convicted drug offenders in the state. After the act passed, San Francisco adopted and enacted a county-wide plan to ensure all eligible drug offenders could get the help they need.

SACPA provides the following addiction treatment services to drug offenders who qualify:

  • Intensive outpatient
  • Day treatment
  • Drug education
  • Mentoring and life skills training
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Medication maintenance (e.g., methadone maintenance)

To qualify for the program, a person must either be: a first-time drug offender; on probation for a drug-related offense; or on parole with no prior convictions for a serious or violent felony. Treatment services are tailored to the individual and serve special populations, including: veterans, people with disabilities, pregnant women, LGBTQ individuals and those who are or are at risk of becoming homeless.

Drug Courts

San Francisco’s drug court is an alternative to traditional jail time that combines treatment and therapy with the teaching of life skills for long-term sobriety. The idea of drug court is to prevent participants from relapsing into substance abuse, thus hopefully reducing criminal activity.

The drug court program of San Francisco has four phases:

  1. Establish the Foundation for Recovery
  2. Find Positive Ways to Change Your Life
  3. Embrace Recovery and Wellness
  4. Follow Your Personal Goals for Long-term Success

Progression through each of the stages is based on a participant’s performance. Good performance is measured by a participant’s level of engagement in the program, how well they follow the judge’s orders, and their on-time arrival for meetings and any required drug tests. A participant will also receive rewards (known as incentives in the program) for good performance, including gift cards, fewer court hearings or faster progression through the program. After completing each of the drug court’s phases, participants are able to graduate from the program and celebrate their accomplishment with family and friends.

Having somebody who’s been used to having drugs, getting drugs, using drugs every day of their lives – and now they are drug free and have legal income and have a place to live – provides them with some wonderful tools to go forward and live a crime-free existence.

- Angela Bradstreet, Superior Court Judge,

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Government Programs

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Name Location Phone
San Francisco Area of Narcotics Anonymous 1290 Fillmore Street #B
San Francisco, CA 94115
California Northern Coastal Area General Service PO Box 884222
San Francisco, CA 94188-4222
Marin County Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous PO Box 9056 San Rafael
CA 94912

College Programs

Counseling Services

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

We provide short-term counseling services to help students achieve and maintain a sense of well-being, at SFCM. Counseling can often lead to better interpersonal relationships, improved academic...

50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Counseling Center

University of San Francisco

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) tries to help students in creating more noteworthy self-comprehension and help settle issues that meddle with their ideal individual functioning. It ...

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Counseling Center

San Francisco Art Institute

SFAI provides free, short-term counselling with a licensed clinical social worker or a supervised master’s-level clinical intern. We provide you with a space to talk about your worries, hopes, f...

800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Student Counseling

City College of San Francisco

At City College of San Francisco along with other 5 diverse Retention Programs housed underneath the Multi-Cultural Retention Services Department there are many counseling divisions are accessib...

50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

San Francisco State University

SF State’s CMHC program is distinctively designed to train college students to work within the behavioral health staff. Medical intellectual fitness counselors work with individuals from a huge ...

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Counseling Services

California College of the Arts

To all students, professional and confidential counseling is available free of charge. In meeting the challenges of a creative academic environment and cope with personal issues, counseling can ...

5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618

Counseling Services

Skyline College

We wish you to make the best use of your time at Skyline College; meeting with a counselor will facilitate you and make sure you to design an action plan that works for you. As Skyline College’s...

3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066

University Health Services

University of California-Berkeley

No drawback is simply too huge or too tiny. Our extremely skilled and culturally competent team is here to serve you with a huge vary of programs. Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) off...

2222 Bancroft Way #4300
Berkeley, CA 94720

Counseling Services

Holy Names University

Holy Names University students receive classified counseling and at free of cost from Counseling and Psychological Services. By taking part in counseling Services activities, students can: Devel...


Counseling & Psychological Services

Mills College

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offers periodic workshops and support groups to students. Confidential individual and crisis counselling is also available to students who would l...

5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613

COM Counseling Services

College of Marin

If your are eligible for quite one education profit, opt for the profit that’s right for you, as a result of you can’t receive payment under one profit program at a time. Therefore s...

835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Dominican University of California

Having a person in our life that can assist us positioned a viewpoint and make choices with a view to beautify our lives and relationships. Counseling can cope with problems consisting of relati...

50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901

Counseling Services

College of San Mateo

To assist students with their specific educational goals counseling services offers a variety of workshops. The College Orientation is required of all new and returning students schedule is avai...

1700 W. Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402

Saint Mary's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Saint Mary's College of California

Saint Mary’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) feels emphatically about working in a mutual way and thus every choice about the counseling procedure will be talked about as care...

1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94575

NDNU Counseling Services

Notre Dame de Namur University

Counseling Services are designed to provide a vast range of support to provide assistance to currently registered students. We attempt to offer services that reflect our strong commitment. It th...

1500 Ralston Avenue Belmont
CA 94002

Counseling Services

Chabot College

The Chabot College Counseling Division offers indispensable support services to a various student population by giving a variety of programs, classes and counseling services. Please visit our of...

25555 Hesperian Blvd. Hayward
CA. 94545

Student Health & Counseling Services

California State University-East Bay

Student Health & Counseling Services provides basic medical care for most illnesses and injuries and various elective services. Student Health and Counseling Services utilizes an integrated...

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
SHCS 1000, Hayward, CA 94542

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

California Maritime Academy

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is situated in the Student Health Center and offers counseling, emergency mediation, conference, emotional wellness evaluation, instruction, aversion...

200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590

ASPIRE Student Assistance Program

Carrington College California-Antioch

Registered student of Carrington College can access ASPIRE a classified 24*7 service. One telephone call will place you involved with certified counselor or psychological wellbeing professional ...

380 Civic Dr #300
Pleasant Hill, CA

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