The San Francisco County Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the county’s Department of Social Service, has organized a Substance Abuse and Dependency Treatment (SADD) Program called “Haight Ashbury Free Clinics.” This is a free community-based substance abuse treatment program for individuals ages 21 and above who live or work in the areas of Contra Costa, El Dorado, and Yolo counties. This clinic is located at the northern portion of the city of Ashbury. The location of the center was chosen because it is just a short distance from the main California State University campus and provides good proximity to major employers in the area like Stanford, UC Berkeley, San Diego State, and San Francisco State.
People who are addicted to drugs, alcoholism, or both can benefit from the substance abuse treatment that Haight Ashbury Free Clinics offers. This facility is one of the few agencies offering free substance abuse treatment in the entire county. Substance abuse refers to drug and alcohol abuse, including but not limited to prescription pain pills like OxyContin, heroin, and methamphetamines. These substances are highly addictive and have been associated with a number of deaths across the country. For this reason, substance abuse treatment at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics is recommended by health care providers for people suffering from substance abuse problems and addictions.
Patients are advised to participate in a comprehensive substance abuse treatment plan. This program should include professional help from licensed social workers and medical professionals. Patients will be assessed to find out their specific needs and then be given individualized solutions based on those needs. The cost of substance abuse treatment is covered by the California State Department of Health Services (CSDSH) through a Medicare program called the Medi-Cal Program. In addition, referrals to local substance abuse programs, group therapy, and inpatient treatment are covered by most insurance plans.