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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.

Top Rehabs Near San Francisco

There are hundreds of addiction treatment options in San Francisco. In San Francisco county alone, there are 45 facilities that offer alcohol and drug programs licensed and/or certified by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

While the city of San Francisco is home to effective treatment programs, there are a number of more diverse and specialized programs just outside the city and throughout California.

Some of these rehabs include:

Address
718 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

Highlights:

  • Cost: $$$
  • Length of program: 30 to 60 days
  • Capacity: 24 patients

Located in picturesque San Rafael, Bayside Marin is one of the leading rehabs in Northern California. Their luxury setting creates individualized treatment programs that focus on treating the entire individual – rather than just the addiction alone.

Bayside Marin offers several types of programs designed for every patient’s unique needs, including:

  • Drug and alcohol detox
  • Residential and intensive outpatient
  • Family therapy program
  • Dual diagnosis program
  • Aftercare program for continuing services after treatment

Patients who choose Bayside Marin may also take advantage of the center’s activities and amenities, such as yoga, nature walks, a fully-equipped gym, swimming, ping pong and movie nights.

Address
2323 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Highlights:

  • Cost: $
  • Length of program: 30 to 90 days
  • Capacity: 40 patients

Founded in 1968, New Bridge Foundation is a dual diagnosis treatment center located in Berkeley. The non-profit agency uses a combination of evidence-based and alternative treatment methods to help clients heal as a whole—physically, mentally and spiritually. The treatment center offers a free initial evaluation for each patient to determine the best type of care.

New Bridge Foundation offers several integrated treatment programs, including:

  • Residential treatment
  • Day treatment
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Extended residential treatment (START program)
  • Treatment for military members, veterans and their families (Operation Success)
  • Aftercare services, free of cost to individuals who successfully complete treatment

Questions about treatment?

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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.

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:

Alternative Support Groups

For people who would prefer a different type of program for recovery support, there are many alternative options available in San Francisco. Alternatives to 12-step groups typically follow their own methodology for recovery or cater support to special populations.

Castro Country Club

Since 1983, Castro Country Club has helped people achieve and maintain sobriety by providing a safe refuge for recovering LGBTQ individuals in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. The volunteer-based organization welcomes people from all walks of life to hang out and socialize at the club’s substance-free community center, which offers a coffee bar, video game room and outdoor patio. Support meetings for various types of addictions are held at the club’s center seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Meditation in Recovery

The Meditation in Recovery support group examines holistic ways of recovery inspired by Buddhist teachings. The meetings are held at the San Francisco Zen Center and include a short meditation session, 20 minutes of silent meditation, a talk and an open discussion. A donation to the center is requested by those who attend the meetings, which are welcome to all including family members and friends of people in recovery.

Learn about other alternatives to 12-step programs here.

San Francisco Drug Abuse Trends

Downtown San Francisco 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.

Alcohol: 2,531

Heroin: 1,925

 

60percent

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

205deaths

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

4,091people

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

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

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, SFGate.com

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Whether you’re looking for cost-effective treatment or luxury rehab, the San Francisco Bay Area has a treatment program that fits your needs. Please call us now for help finding treatment.

Sources & Author Last Edited: June 9, 2017

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  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). "Drug Abuse Patterns and Trends in the San Francisco Bay Area—Update: June 2014." Retrieved on November 24, 2015 from: https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/sanfrancisco2014.pdf
  3. City & County of San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. (2014). "Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Annual Report." Retrieved on November 24, 2015 from: http://sfgsa.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=10737
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  7. Bayside Marin. (2015). Retrieved on November 24, 2015 from: http://www.baysidemarin.com
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