Substance Use Treatment Tailored for Every Stage of a Person’s Recovery

By Giving List Staff   |   November 17, 2023
Arlene Stanich-Prince, Executive Director at Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, helps provide training for students pursuing a degree or licensure in counseling and psychology who wish to learn about substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, the spiritual basis of recovery, the social model of reintegration into the community, and multi-cultural issues.

For the last 65 years, Ohlhoff Recovery Programs has treated people battling drug and alcohol addiction. That experience, together with its abstinence-only and continuum-of-care treatment philosophy, has made Ohlhoff one of San Francisco’s leading addiction treatment centers at a time when the city needs treatment providers most. 

For over 60 years, Ohlhoff has been at the forefront of addiction treatment in Northern California. Our campus, located near the iconic Alamo Square, offers all levels of care for those seeking lasting relief from addiction — from non-medical detox services to short and long-term residential, to intensive outpatient programming. Our experienced staff of psychiatrists, addiction counselors, and licensed mental health professionals leverage decades of industry knowledge to offer the most current treatment options available. With our personalized, holistic approach to treatment, we look to maximize our clients’ chances at a long-term, sustainable recovery. We provide multiple levels of care designed to help individuals find their path to recovery.

Arlene Stanich-Prince, Ohlhoff’s executive director, got sober 22 years ago when it was common to believe you had to “hit rock bottom” before starting the path to recovery. That was before fentanyl arrived on the scene. An opioid 50 times stronger than heroin, fentanyl was responsible for 6,054 overdose deaths in California in 2021 – more than a 1000% increase from 2017, according to state data. 

“We don’t want people to have to reach what they used to call ‘hitting bottom,’” Stanich-Prince says, “because the bottom today with fentanyl is death.” Urban communities, including San Francisco, struggle to provide durable and practical care to those who need rescuing from the drug epidemic, especially in the era of fentanyl. 

Enter Ohlhoff. Ohlhoff provides flexible and individualized treatment, including withdrawal management, outpatient services, residential treatment, and aftercare groups to support clients in long-term recovery. Working on the frontlines of the drug epidemic in San Francisco, Ohlhoff recognizes that not all clients are at the same place in their drug use, which is why clients can enter its continuum of care at any point. If the client relapses, they can come back and try again. 

“We’re not a revolving door, but we don’t give up on people either,” Stanich-Prince says.

Ohlhoff’s residential house has 51 beds and supports male, female, and non-binary clients. For clients who are stable in their recovery with jobs and families but still need support, Ohlhoff has intensive outpatient services. The organization also works with teenagers in high schools, providing free counseling, education, and prevention services to 200 adolescents per year. 

Ohlhoff has developed deep relationships with a network of community providers over the decades and can link clients struggling with co-occurring disorders – such as eating disorders or schizophrenia – with the appropriate care, Stanich-Prince says. 

The nonprofit makes it a point to remain affordable and accessible to clients, accepting many different insurance providers and offering sliding scale and scholarship options for those struggling financially. 


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Executive Director / CEO: Arlene Stanich-Prince


The mission of Ohlhoff Recovery Programs is to provide the highest quality of treatment services for the disease of chemical dependency, empowering individuals and families to take responsibility for their own recovery.

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I wake up every morning excited to come to work! Once a week, I facilitate a Heart Talk Process Group and meet with couples and families for private therapy sessions. A person’s recovery is built on their strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It addresses the whole person and their community, and is supported by peers, friends, and family members.
Arlene Stanich-Prince, Executive Director , recently celebrated 19 years with Ohlhoff and 22 years of recovery.

An Urgent Need for Women’s Residential Treatment Beds

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs is raising $300,000 to remodel a brand-new women’s-only residential treatment home with a communal room, a dining room, private bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a kitchenette. 

Arlene Stanich-Prince, the executive director of Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, says the new house will allow women to stay up to six months, allowing those with young children the time and support they need to help mend those relationships. 

“I had little kids when I went to treatment and the stigma then was horrible, and it still is,” says Stanich-Prince.

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