Addiction Recovery Resources
Community Awareness and Treatment Services
CATS’ Golden Gate for Seniors Program is the only San Francisco program offering a residential recovery facility to help men and women 55 years of age and older achieve a more meaningful life free from drugs and alcohol. Residents stay an average of six months in the center, while following an individually tailored recovery plan.
El Centro de Libertad
El Centro de Libertad (The Freedom Center) provides services in San Mateo County to low-income Spanish and English speaking clients who have problems with substance abuse, alcoholism and other related issues. The agency prides itself on providing “recovery with dignity.”
Family & Children Services
Family & Children Services is part of the system of care administered by the Santa Clara County’s Department of Alcohol & Drug Services. Family & Children Services clients are referred by this system, which coordinates clients’ treatment along the continuum of detoxification, residential treatment, outpatient treatment combined with transitional housing, and outpatient treatment.
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics
As one of the largest and most successful outpatient drug treatment centers in the Bay Area, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics’ Outpatient Substance Abuse Services provide drug abuse counseling and education, and medical treatment in outpatient clinic settings. Services include specialized programs for detox services, drug-abusing pregnant and post-partum women, people at-risk for HIV infection, homeless youth in the Haight Ashbury district and Asian American drug abusers.
Healthy Babies Project
Healthy Babies Project Inc. is a community nonprofit agency in Oakland that provides a wide variety of services to pregnant and parenting women who have a substance abuse problem.
Horizon Services’ residential and non-residential programs provide safe, effective and affordable environments for recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Horizon offers alcohol and drug treatment, recovery and prevention services to individuals and families in Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco
Horizons Unlimited’s outpatient treatment program aims to minimize the impact of substance abuse in the lives of San Francisco’s youth and their families through a variety of treatment options and approaches, including outpatient services, counseling and case management. Some services are provided at middle and high schools in San Francisco.
The Latino Commission
The Latino Commission operates multiple drug and alcohol residential treatment programs, transitional facilities, and outpatient residential treatment centers in San Francisco and San Mateo counties. The agency provides culturally competent services to Latinos but serves all who walk through its doors, regardless of ethnicity.
MedMark Treatment Center
MedMark Treatment Center’s Hayward Clinic provides outpatient substance abuse treatment, specializing in opioid dependency. MedMark offers caring and confidential services to help patients lead a more productive and healthy lifestyle. The professional treatment team works with each individual to create a treatment plan based on their specific needs in a supportive environment.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services
Mills-Peninsula Health Services offers a wide range of substance abuse treatment services in San Mateo County, including a residential treatment program, day treatment, acute detoxification, intensive outpatient care, and a relapse restabilization program.
MPI Treatment Services
MPI Treatment Services, a division of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, is the oldest hospital-based treatment program in the San Francisco Bay Area. MPH offers a complete range of chemical dependency treatment in one or more of five distinct levels of care: detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, residential rehabilitation, day treatment, and intensive outpatient programs.
Our Common Ground
Our Common Ground is a treatment program for adolescents and adults with substance abuse and addiction problems. Our Common Ground provides residential and outpatient treatment services to substance-abusing adults and adolescents in San Mateo County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Services are delivered in a safe and structured family environment utilizing the concepts of the Therapeutic Community.
Project Ninety, Inc.
Project Ninety, Inc. is a California Alcohol and Drug Programs licensed, nonprofit residential substance abuse treatment program with facilities in four Northern California counties (Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco and Napa).
Saint Vincent DePaul Society of San Francisco
Saint Vincent De Paul’s Ozanam Detox Center in San Francisco is a social model drug and alcohol detoxification and recovery center which offers care and hope to more than 40,000 low-income men and women each year. The Center provides a critical first step to sobriety, offering up to four days of safe shelter, a clean bed, hot meals, counseling, relapse-prevention workshops, money management assistance, and daily 12-step meetings.
The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center, providing comprehensive chemical dependency treatment for men, women, and families, has been successfully serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 70 years. Harbor Light Center offers a program of progressive care, education, workforce development and personal development through which clients’ lives are transformed.
Service League of San Mateo County
The Service League of San Mateo County is a nonprofit agency that develops, coordinates, and delivers in-custody programs, services, and other activities within all San Mateo County jails, including substance abuse services. The agency delivers after-release programs and services at five program sites in the community, including substance abuse residential programs.
Stepping Stone is a San Francisco alcohol and drug treatment program that is open to any female age 18 or older who has an admitted alcohol problem or wishes to stop drinking. The program is specifically designed for working women, and residents spend at least 32 hours per week in work, volunteer, or educational activities.
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares’ Frontline Drop-in Center in San Francisco provides critical services to homeless and at-risk veterans, including substance abuse services provided with partner organizations. All veterans, male and female, are welcome at Swords to Plowshares regardless of length of service or discharge status.
Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers
Located in Oakland, Thunder Road's mission is to assist youth and their families in the challenges to recover from the abuse of alcohol, drugs and nicotine, and to support their growth as healthy, connected, and honorable members within our neighborhoods and communities. As a behavioral health program, Thunder Road combines individualized care and a family treatment component, as well as in-patient and out-patient facilities, to address the multiple issues that contribute to substance use or abuse.
Women’s Recovery Association
Women’s Recovery Association in Burlingame offers individualized and integrated clinical services, including substance abuse treatment, to address the complexity of women’s needs. The clinical program is the core of every treatment plan for women in the residential, perinatal residential, outpatient, and continuing care program.
Violence Prevention Resources
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
24-Hour Hotline: 800-300-1080
CORA offers a bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline, emergency response program, emergency housing for victims/survivors of domestic violence, individual and group counseling, support groups, legal assistance. Family clinician provides therapy to families and child witnesses who have experienced domestic violence.
Rape Trauma Services
24-Hour Hotline: 650-692-RAPE or (692-7273)
Located in Burlingame, Rape Trauma Services provides services for all survivors of sexual assault or abuse, whether it happened yesterday or many years ago, and their loved ones. Services include 24-hour hotline, crisis and long-term counseling, support groups, and accompaniment/advocacy.
San Mateo County Adult Protective Services
24-Hour Hotline: 800-675-TIES or (800-675-8437)
Adult Protective Services investigates and develops care plans in situations where elders or dependent adults have been subjected to or are at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
San Mateo County Human Services Agency/Child Protective Services
Child Abuse Hotline: 650-595-7922
San Mateo County agency that responds to reports of abuse, sexual molestation, exploitation, or neglect of children age 17 or under.
StarVista (formerly Youth and Family Enrichment Services)
Crisis Line: 650-579-0350 / 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
Parent Support Line: 888-220-7575 or 650-579-0358
Alcohol and Drug Help Line: 650-573-3950
Located in San Carlos, StarVista offers services for children, young people and families breaking the cycles of addiction and violence, including suicide prevention and parent support services. StarVista operates 24-hour crisis and alcohol and drug hotlines and provides an on-call youth intervention team to respond to crisis conditions and conduct suicide assessments.
Violence and Abuse Prevention Services
Advocates for Children / CASA of San Mateo County
Matches volunteers with children in foster care who have been abused or neglected. Referral made by court, social worker or public.
Anger Management and Domestic Abuse Therapy Center
Court-ordered and self-referred counseling programs in San Mateo and Daly City offered in English and Spanish including domestic violence counseling, anger management, parenting and child abuse prevention.
Bay Area Legal Aid
Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal help for low-income people living in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. The agency’s practice areas are: housing, domestic violence prevention, public benefits and health care access. Bay Area Legal Aid provides assistance only with civil legal matters, not criminal.
Daly City Youth Health Center
Daly City Youth Health Center is a school-linked health center affiliated with the Jefferson Union High School District and the San Mateo Medical Center. The agency’s Primary Medical Clinic is a satellite site of the San Mateo Medical Center. DCYHC operates year-round and serves low-income, at-risk in and out-of-school youth and young adults, ages 13-21 years, living in Daly City, Pacifica, Colma, Brisbane, San Bruno and South San Francisco.
El Centro de Libertad (The Freedom Center)
The Freedom Center offers anger management programs for youth and adults that fulfill court-ordered requirements. The program is designed to help individuals recognize and manage anger and learn acceptable ways of expressing anger. By gaining a better understanding of self, participants learn to better control their anger so that it does not lead to violent outbursts or actions which are harmful to others.
Family & Children Services
Family & Children Services is part of the system of care administered by the Santa Clara County’s Department of Alcohol & Drug Services. The agency’s services include domestic violence intervention groups, anger management, support and counseling for all family members, speakers on relationship violence and effective communication.
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County serves as legal advocates and representatives for disadvantaged people. The agency works with community organizations and county agencies to find solutions to clients’ legal problems. Legal Aid provides programs such as the Teen Parent Project, which works with teen parents on such issues as restraining orders, paternity, domestic violence, benefits and support, and also provides family law assistance for adults experiencing domestic violence and/or dealing with custody or visitation problems.
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC)
San Mateo agency that provides parent/teen mediation services and conflict resolution training for educators, parents and students in preschool through high school. In addition, PCRC has specific projects focused on San Mateo County’s Pacific Islander community.
Pyramid Alternatives teams with San Mateo County schools, community and senior centers, mental health providers, the Coalition of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Probation, Law Enforcement, other foundations and organizations to deliver affordable counseling and educational programs and services. The agency treats families affected by alcohol and other drug abuse as well as domestic violence, and treats children, adolescents and adults for many issues including anxiety, depression and trauma.
San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office / Victim Center
This program provides assistance to eligible victims of crime and/or their family members for out-of-pocket losses resulting from specific, qualifying crimes. Victims may be eligible for reimbursement through the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP). Victim Center staff assist victims and family members with filing claims.
San Mateo Youth Service Bureau (YMCA of San Francisco)
YMCA’s Youth Service Bureaus provide various programs in San Mateo, South San Francisco and Pacifica, including parent enrichment workshops, violence prevention programs, Spanish-speaking social services, school-based group and individual Counseling, and anger management sessions.
Teen and Preteen Web sites
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
24-Hour Hotline: 800-300-1080
CORA’s Teen Relationships site for teens is about dating violence, recognizing warning signs for an abusive relationship, understanding what a healthy relationship is, and resources for teens in abusive relationships.
OnYourMind.net provides a safe and anonymous place for teens to get information and support from other teens. Teens can talk about anything that’s on their mind, including relationships, school, depression, stress, suicide, friends, parents, cutting, identity, and health. Teens can also submit a question to be answered on a Q&A page, or connect to resources for additional information and support.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)'s "We're Talking"
“We’re Talking” website was developed by the Adolescent Interest Group (AIG) of PAMF. The group is comprised of PAMF physicians, social workers, educators and researchers concerned with addressing the health care needs of adolescents. AIG members volunteer countless hours to review Web content and create new material to ensure the site continues to provide teens with comprehensive, up-to-date health information.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)'s "We're Talking, Too"
This site is geared to children between the ages of 9 and 12 and their parents. "We're Talking, Too!" is dedicated to providing reliable health information and other resources for the preteen crowd—sometimes called “tweens.
Grief Support Resources
Centre for Living with Dying – Bill Wilson Center
The Centre for Living with Dying program provides emotional support to adults and children facing life-threatening illness or the trauma of having a loved one die. The Centre also provides crisis intervention services and broad-based educational programs on grief and loss. Individual and small group grief support is available for adults, children, teens and families.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Website includes a directory of more than 600 chapters worldwide, including chapters in San Francisco, Burlingame and Santa Clara.
This ongoing blog is written by Radha Stern, a mother whose son was murdered, and offers reflection and compassion for those also experiencing the loss of a child.
HAND of the Peninsula: Helping after Neonatal Death
HAND is a volunteer group of parents who have experienced the loss of a baby before, during or after birth. Their experience has established a desire to offer support to parents, their relatives and friends during the normal mourning following miscarriage, interruption of a wanted pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death of their babies. HAND volunteers are not professional psychotherapists, however they may make referrals to professional counselors. HAND has chapters in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Alameda counties.
Heartland Hospice Services—Santa Clara
Heartland Hospice caregivers help manage pain and symptoms, enabling patients to live life as fully and comfortable as possible. The agency’s social workers and spiritual counselors help create a comforting environment for patients and families, and the bereavement program provides additional emotional support. Serves Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Hospice of the Valley
Provides hospice services to Santa Clara County, providing patients and their families with experts in the fields of pain and symptom management, in physical, emotional and psychological care, spiritual support, and grief support.
Kara serves the San Francisco Bay Area by providing compassionate support to people of all ages on their journey through grief so that they can move toward renewed hope and meaning. Kara’s clients include those who are grieving a death as well as those coping with a terminal illness (their own or another’s).
The Open to Hope Foundation
Helps people find hope after a loss by providing an online forum with information and support so that people who experience loss can learn to cope with their pain, heal their grief, and invest in their future.
Outward Bound for Young Adults
A unique Outward Bound program specifically designed for young adults ages 19-24 coping with the death of a loved one. During this transformational wilderness adventure, participants river raft and hike, and experience powerful grief work activities woven into the context of the traditional Outward Bound curriculum. Participants connect with others who have experienced similar losses and learn they are not alone.
Founded in 2007, Project Grace's mission is to create a safe and supportive environment in which bereaved mothers, fathers and family members can honor their loved one through service.
Resources for Teens in Santa Clara
An online list of resources for teens in Santa Clara County.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
24-Hour Hotline: 800-959-TAPS
TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.
A Broken Heart Still Beats – After Your Child Dies
Anne McCracken and Mary Semel
Remembering with Love – Messages of Hope for the First Year of Grieving and Beyond
Elizabeth Levang, Ph.D. and Sherokee Ilse
Stars in the Deepest Night – After the death of a Child (Poetry)
Catching the Light – Coming Back to Life after the Death of a Child (Poetry)
Genesse Bourdeau Gentry
Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare – How My Daughter’s Death Taught Me The Meaning of Life
Courage Does Not Always Roar: Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Courage